Visitor Experience Volunteer - Visitor Centre Assistant, Coombes Valley

We are currently looking for a volunteer to join our small and friendly team at the Visitor Centre at RSPB Coombes Valley. Join us now and help us inspire more people give nature a home!

Tuesday 29 January 2013
Vacancy type:
Publicity and promotional, Showing people wildlife, Helping visitors at our reserves
Coombes Valley & Consall Woods

What we're looking for

Here at Coombes Valley, we are striving to increase the number of visitors at our reserve, as well as ensuring a positive visitor experience for all. We have a small visitor centre and are looking for people to chat to and enthuse visitors about this beautiful reserve. We like to make sure there is a friendly face to greet all our visitors between 9 am and 5 pm every day, so if you're able to commit for a whole day, that would be fantastic. However, if you're able to offer only a morning or afternoon, we'd still love to hear from you. We need volunteers to help visitors make the most of their visit and encourage them to support our work; by becoming members or through volunteering. To ensure visitors get a great experience, we also need to ensure our visitor facilities are well presented, engaging and kept clean and tidy, and we'd ask you to help do this as part of your role.

The skills you need

We're looking for outgoing, friendly people with the ability to talk to a wide range of people who also have an interest in wildlife and conservation. Knowledge of the reserve and its wildlife would be helpful but is not essential, as training can be given.

Your time

1 day per week
All year, but mainly spring and summer

What's in it for you?

You'll be working in, and supporting Coombes Valley reserve, a beautiful woodland site hidden away in part of the Churnet Valley. This is a great opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds and you'll become a key part of a small, enthusiastic and friendly team of staff and volunteers. We'll all be working together to make a positive difference to the reserve and our visitors so that we can all give nature a home. You will gain experience and training in customer service and income generation. The training and experience you will gain can help as a stepping stone towards a career in conservation.

How to apply


Rob Atkinson, Coombes Valley & Consall Woods
Tel: 01538 384017
Email: Rob.Atkinson@RSPB.ORG.UK


Whilst we do encourage volunteers to be as green as possible, public transport can sometimes be difficult, so having your own transport would be very helpful. For some activities and events, light lifting and carrying may be needed (setting up marquees/tables) but this is by no means compulsory, and we will endeavour to cater to your own physical abilities. Volunteers can claim travel expenses.

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