What we're looking for
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. We're looking for the right individual to lead the Portsmouth Group. You don't need to be an expert in birds - people skills are much more important for this role. Responsibilities: To lead the group and encourage the development of a range of activities designed to encourage wide participation from the group membership and to attract new group members. Attend a two day group leaders training workshop at our headquarters in Bedfordshire within your first year in role. Ensure the group has a minimum of three committee meetings each year; ensure 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; ensure there is always someone from the group who takes responsibility for introducing guest speakers at indoor talks evenings. Ensure a completed local group annual report and annual financial return is sent to RSPB HQ annually. Lead the group committee (usually 6-10 people); ensure each committee member has clearly defined roles and responsibilities; provide support and encouragement as required; manage any situations where a committee member has to resign at short notice. Maintain a two way communication with your Regional/Country 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. Ensure that the group follows its constitution and abides by the advice/guidelines in the RSPB Handbook for Volunteer Groups.