Visitor Engagement Volunteer - Rye Meads

We want every person coming to Rye Meads to be greeted by a fantastic, friendly and enthusiastic group of people.

Wednesday 30 May 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Publicity and promotional, Inspiring young people
Rye Meads

What we're looking for

Nature is amazing – we want you to help us keep it that way. The RSPB is the UK largest conservation charity helping to protect birds and wildlife, and helping to create a better world for all of us. 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 at Rye Meads Nature Reserve. This role would suit someone who's confident in meeting people and enthusiastic about nature. In this role you will be the face of the RSPB and you will be: •Helping promote the work being undertaken at Rye Meads Nature Reserve to visitors. •Ensuring visitors have an excellent day out at Rye Meads by explaining what they can see and do at the reserve. •Meeting and talking to visitors including families and children. •Telling inspiring stories about nature. •Recruiting new members of the RSPB. 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, helping us to save nature. Hours and days are organised on a rota with typically 2 half days per month (minimum). In addition your support would be particularly appreciated when we are busy i.e.. school holidays and when we have events running).

The skills you need

You'll need to have the confidence to strike up conversations with visitors as well as have a passion for engaging with people, including families and children. An enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation is important, but you do not need to be really knowledgeable as we will support you in increasing your knowledge. Importantly, you'll need have a professional and friendly approach to meeting visitors. You should be willing to learn about the RSPB, attend training and develop your skills about recruiting new members to the RSPB. You will also need to be comfortable encouraging people to join, and have a reasonable level of IT literacy to use our systems. Training will be provided, as appropriate.

Your time

2 half days per month
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to work for a conservation organisation and to learn lots about birds and other wildlife through visitor engagement and informing visitors about the great work the RSPB is doing. You will be part of a small and enthusiastic team that have a great team ethic and spirit. This role is particularly rewarding if you like meeting and talking to people, and helping to enhance peoples' lives. You will be helping to protect some of the UK's most important species and habitats. In return, we will help you gain skills and valuable insight into our work and ensure you receive appropriate training and support to deliver your role. As part of the role you will build your people engagement skills and help to recruit new RSPB members. Once you have completed 50 hours you will be eligible to receive a volunteer benefit card with discounts in various shops, plus access to our nationwide thank you events. You will be reimbursed for any agreed out-of-pocket expenses.

How to apply


Bryony Tuijl, Rye Meads
Tel: 01992 708 383

Reference number 7787