Visitor Volunteer-Sandwell Valley

Friday 17 June 2016
Vacancy type:
Helping visitors at our reserves
Sandwell Valley

What we're looking for

We want people coming onto our reserve to be met with a smile. You will actively provide a warm welcome for all visitors, thank members for their support and ensure that visitors' needs are understood and met to the best of our ability. Your guidance and information will ensure the visitor has a fantastic experience. Our visitor volunteers will work across both the visitor centre and the lakeside hide, making a large flexible team whose focus is great customer service and promoting this special nature reserve. We know that wildlife inspires people, so interpreting the wildlife here is important, whether its pointing out swans or swallows, hoverflies or hawthorn, you will inspire visitors to get closer to nature. The visitor centre will have basic refreshment facilities and equipment to hire, you will help visitors get what they need. Sometimes help with keeping the centre clean and tidy will be necessary too. RSPB membership really is the lifeblood of the Society and underpins every single thing we do. It helps us fund nature conservation work here and across the UK - not only the ongoing land management of our reserves but also by creating and enhancing magnificent wild spaces for nature and people to enjoy. It is therefore important that you can inspire people about the work we do and warm them up to the idea of membership.

The skills you need

You'll need to have the confidence to strike up conversations with strangers, a desire to help, an enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation, but most importantly of all, you'll need a friendly demeanour and a ready smile!

Your time

1 day a month
all year round

What's in it for you?

This role will suit someone who loves to meet and talk to visitors and who would gain satisfaction from passing on their passion about wildlife. It's also a great opportunity to work at a unique wildlife reserve learning more about birds and wildlife whilst making a real difference to the work of the RSPB.

How to apply


Alex Sharrod, Sandwell Valley
Tel: 01213 577395


Several volunteers are needed to provide greater flexibility. Appropriate training will be provided, and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the country'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. 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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