Community Engagement Volunteer - Caithness and Sutherland

Tuesday 15 March 2016
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Community groups
Forsinard Flows nature reserve

What we're looking for

The Community Engagement Volunteers will assist the project's Communities Officer to inspire, engage and empower individuals and communities to get involved and to learn about the management, wildlife and environment of the Flow Country, including its role in climate change mitigation, through a programme of community events across Caithness and Sutherland. Work will include assisting or leading on planning and delivering community workshops, talks, walks and other activities, often working with other partners such as the Highland Council Ranger Service. Alternatively, if being in the public eye is not your thing, you can help with promotional activities, such as preparing posters or updating social media and collation of evaluation material during and following events. We are looking for a number of volunteers to help with delivering events in their own area, and/or across Caithness and Sutherland and/or at the reserve and office in Forsinard. Some of the supporting work such as planning and promotion could be done from home if preferred.

The skills you need

You will need to be at least 18 yrs old. A driving licence is helpful but not essential as Forsinard is accessible by train, or else we may be able to pick you up on the way to events or you could volunteer in your local area. Some experience of facilitating events would be desirable but is not essential. Good people and communication skills and an approachable personality are essential for this role. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but enthusiasm for the environment and some knowledge of the Flow Country is desirable. The ability to work in a remote area and as part of a small, flexible team is essential. The role could involve weekend or occasional evening working. There could be travel around Caithness and Sutherland.

Your time

One day per week
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to gain further experience in community engagement, delivering events, promotion and evaluation. The more time you are able to give the more opportunity you will have to get involved with a variety of work. You will contribute to the delivery of the Peatlands Partnership's Flows to the Future Project. You will also have the opportunity to meet and work with like minded people and find out more about the Flow Country and the ongoing restoration and management work.

How to apply


Caroline Eccles, North Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 01463 715000


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