Volunteer Co-ordinator, Ribble Reserves

Wednesday 6 January 2021
Vacancy type:
Office and administration
Ribble Reserves

What we're looking for

Volunteers are an essential part of the Ribble Reserves team, and we are looking for a well-organised friendly person to help us recruit and manage our valuable team of volunteers across our sites, making volunteering at the Ribble Estuary an excellent experience for both volunteers and staff. The person in the Volunteer Co-ordinator role will be key to assisting staff to manage current volunteers, as well as recruiting and inducting new volunteers when needed. This would include producing induction and promotional materials, keeping volunteers up-to-date with current news and projects, and finding ways to promote volunteering at the reserves and in the local area. If this is you, we'd love to hear from you. This role will be largely office or home-based, but you will be out and about meeting and talking to volunteers when the time is right. The role is for 1 day a fortnight. Day to day tasks will include • responding to volunteer enquiries and general questions • advertising new roles • conducting interviews with potential volunteers • assisting staff with the induction of new volunteers. There will also be administrative tasks such as • recording volunteer hours • registering new volunteers • creating ID badges, • organising rotas • processing expenses claims. In addition we'd like you to champion volunteering at the Ribble Reserves and encourage feedback/sharing between volunteers via volunteer events, quarterly newsletter and RSPB's annual volunteer engagement survey.

The skills you need

A friendly and approachable personality, excellent organisational and communication skills, an ability to lead and inspire others and work as part of a team. We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and diplomatic person who enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Experience of managing volunteers/people would be an advantage. You need to be computer literate with experience of using Office software and video calling platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. and the ability to work under your own initiative. Support can be provided if needed. You need a willingness to undertake the training to enable you to complete the volunteer co-ordinator role. This will give you the knowledge of volunteer recruitment and management and administrative systems that we use at the RSPB. Some of this training is online, but we will give you any support you need.

Your time

1 day per fortnight - flexible with days
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to meet new people and to work as part of a small friendly team. You can also gain experience in working with people of all ages, develop your management, communication and team support skills as you coordinate volunteering at the Ribble Reserves. You'll be helping us keep the reserves well-supported by volunteers, ensuring sites are safe for visitors and well-managed for wildlife and you'll be helping us to ensure that volunteers have a rewarding and enjoyable time with us. You will receive regular support from your line manager, the Reserve Administrator, England volunteering team and the wider Ribble Team. Training and equipment will be provided to help you excel in your volunteer co-ordinator role including GDPR, volunteer management system and safeguarding training. RSPB uniform and name badge provided. You will gain a greater understanding of the RSPB, its vision and ways of working, and an induction to RSPB Ribble Reserves and Estuary partners. We can provide a reference for your volunteering with us, if appropriate.

How to apply


Alex Pigott, Ribble Reserves
Tel: 01704 211690
Email: Alex.Pigott@rspb.org.uk


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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