RSPB Local Group Leader - Bromley

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

Wednesday 8 January 2020
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
At home

What we're looking for

A new leader is needed to take over the reins of RSPB Bromley Local Group which has over 200 members. The last leader stepped down to take up full time employment with the RSPB and the group now needs an enthusiastic and conscientious individual to lead the group. Running the group will allow you to engage with, and encourage Bromley residents, to get involved with the RSPB in saving nature. Apart from your involvement in the programme of events, you will also have the opportunity to engage in local conservation work, community events and fundraising. The committee manage the day to day running of the group, including the events programme. They are friendly and well organised and will be happy to welcome you and prepare you for the role. In addition, you will be able to attend a two-day group leaders training workshop held at the RSPB headquarters in Bedfordshire. Apart from helping you with your role, the workshop will enable you to meet and exchange ideas with other leaders from some of the 140 RSPB local groups who are also acting as ambassadors for the RSPB in their local community. Importantly you don't need any specialist knowledge of birds or wildlife - people skills are much more important for this role.

The skills you need

If you are energetic, like being outside, are enthusiastic about wildlife and enjoy inspiring people, then this role could be for you. You don't need to be a wildlife expert but some wildlife knowledge would be an advantage. You need to be a 'people person' with good communication and interpersonal skills; friendly and approachable with the ability to lead and motivate others of all ages and backgrounds. Good organisational skills, reasonable computer literacy and access to email and the internet are also essential.

Your time

Minimum 10-15 hours a month for leadership responsibilities, as well as regular attendance at the group's programme of events.
Maximum 5 year term of office
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is an enjoyable and rewarding role, and a chance to make a real difference to saving nature in London's largest and greenest borough. You will be leading an active and enthusiastic group that is committed to connecting people to nature and its conservation. You will also be able to put your own stamp on the Group – for example, the previous leader expanded the group's nature conservation work, including a citizen science swift survey and volunteering days to restore habitats in Bromley. The role is also an opportunity to learn about wildlife and gain new skills, especially in communication and leadership, and might suit someone who is interested in pursuing an interest or career in nature conservation (our previous leader is now working as an RSPB Policy Officer). You will have the chance to volunteer alongside like-minded and enthusiastic RSPB volunteers. You will also make new friends and contacts in the RSPB and other local environmental organisations.

How to apply


Hugo Blomfield, South East England Regional Office
Tel: 01273 775333


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 offices and the Volunteering Development Department at HQ. Committee meetings are held throughout the year. For more details visit the group website at NB. Though most local groups have one leader, we've had success where two people have worked together to share the workload as joint leaders so this could be considered. Group leaders must be members of the RSPB.

Reference number 7616