Help save nature through people in Portsmouth!

Help us build a diverse, people-powered movement to save nature locally and realise our vision of a world where nature can thrive

Friday 8 January 2021
Vacancy type:
Publicity and promotional, Showing people wildlife, Raise money to save nature, Inspiring young people, Volunteering at home, Community groups, Retail and marketing, Letter writing and campaigning
Various locations

What we're looking for

We need you to lead our Portsmouth Local Group! You don't need to be an expert in birds - people skills are much more important for this role which is a fantastic opportunity to help transform our work and have a direct impact locally. RSPB local groups are run by volunteers to promote the aims of the RSPB in the local community. They offer RSPB 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 support the RSPB. Responsibilities can include: - Leading the group and developing a range of activities designed to encourage wide participation from the group membership and to attract new group members. - Attending a two day group leaders training workshop at our headquarters in Bedfordshire within your first year in role. - Ensuring the group is well run, including committee meetings; ensuring the AGM business includes an annual report of activities, a financial report and elections to the committee; set, or approve, the agenda for committee meetings and for the AGM; and introducing guest speakers at indoor talks evenings. - Ensuring a completed local group annual report and annual financial return is sent to RSPB HQ annually. - Providing support and encouragement to group volunteers. - Maintaining a two way communication with your RSPB Office and HQ in order to: disseminate any important news updates and messages to the committee and membership; seek guidance/advice where needed; notify the regional office of any changes to the committee.

The skills you need

You don't have to be a bird expert, people management skills are more important for this role, along with plenty of energy and enthusiasm. Or even just the willingness and ability to learn these new skills. Willing to become a member of the RSPB if not already. Sociable, plus the ability to communicate well with a small group as well as an audience. Organisational skills including the ability to delegate. Basic IT skills an advantage.

Your time

Up to 20+ hours a month on average
Local group
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is your chance to increase awareness about the RSPB and the importance of conservation in your local area. This work can be very enjoyable and you will have the chance to work alongside like-minded and enthusiastic RSPB members and engender an interest in new people to the group as well as to the wider public through events. On a personal note, it's a great opportunity to make friends and contacts both within and outside the group.

How to apply


Hugo Blomfield, At home


You would be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses from the group charity bank account. You would have full support from a dedicated and experienced committee of volunteers, as well as support from staff at the RSPB England Office in Brighton and the Volunteering Development Department at HQ. For more details visit the group website at 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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