Local Group Leader - Southport

Are you a great 'people person' with well honed people management and organisational skills? Do you have the ability to inspire others to save nature?

Wednesday 6 March 2019
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
At home

What we're looking for

RSPB local groups are run by volunteers to be the voice of the RSPB in the local community. They offer our members and the public the opportunity to get more involved in our work to save nature. Groups run activities like indoor talks and outdoor walks; they fundraise and campaign for the RSPB; and attend local community events to inspire people to take action for nature. We're looking for the right person to lead the Southport Local Group. You don't need to be an expert in birds - people skills and enthusiasm are much more important for this role. Responsibilities: We want someone to lead the group and help develop a range of events and activities that will get people involved, attract new group members and make sure people enjoy themselves. Looking after and inspiring people is the main job, but we'll also need your admin skills. You'll attend a two day workshop at our HQ in Bedfordshire where you'll be given full training and get to meet staff and other volunteers. You will chair group committee meetings, at least three each year, and an AGM, after which you'll help prepare an annual report and financial return. You will also be the main point of contact with RSPB HQ and staff and keep the group up to date on any news. It will also be your job to make sure the group abides by its constitution and represents the RSPB as it should. In all this you will have the support of the group committee and a full-time Local Groups Officer who will always be there to help.

The skills you need

A great 'people person' with good communication and interpersonal skills - friendly and approachable with the enthusiasm and ability to motivate others and work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different ages. Always assumes positive intent in others. An excellent leader of people with sound delegation and organisational skills and the ability to be diplomatic and impartial when there are differences, and reassuring and positive when there is disappointment. Shows concern for people's well being, treats others as equals and takes time to ensure group volunteers feel recognised and appreciated for work well done. Creative, forward thinking, willing to try new things. Open to ideas and suggestions from others, supportive of appropriate new ventures that the committee may wish to pursue, trusts the decisions and expertise of others. Able to identify areas that may need change, implementing change in a sensitive manner. Aims for high standards of efficiency, reliability and quality. Computer literate with internet and email access. A commitment to the work of the RSPB and supportive of the Saving Nature Strategy, eager to inspire people to care about what the RSPB is trying to achieve. Always speaks positively about the RSPB and advocates for the RSPB brand. Respects the need for confidentiality when dealing with confidential information. Adhere to the RSPB's policies and procedures whilst volunteering and co-operate with members of staff to achieve the aims of the charity. Accept that ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the charity rests with the charity's Council and Management Board. Group leaders must be members of the RSPB.

Your time

8-10 hours a month. Initial 2 day training course.
Maximum 5 year term of office
All year round

What's in it for you?

You'll get to meet new people and make new friends. You can use your skills to further develop the group and help the RSPB and the group to work together to save nature. As leader you could use the opportunity to take on a new challenge for the group and flex your leadership and/or creative muscles. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of being a local group leader is knowing that you're really making a difference in inspiring others to help save nature. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply


Alasdair McKee, Northern Eng Reg Office, Lancaster
Tel: 01524 581000
Email: Alasdair.McKee@rspb.org.uk


Feel free to get in touch for a chat about the role. Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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