Wildlife Explorers Youth Group Main Leader - Sandy, Bedfordshire

Do you have a passion for helping young people connect with nature? Can you lead a team to run exciting activities to inspire the next generation to discover nature?

Monday 14 June 2021
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Community groups
UKHQ The Lodge Reserve

What we're looking for

At the RSPB we are passionate about young people and about nature. Our youth groups have the potential to play a really important role in local communities, offering young people regular opportunities to get to know the wild places close to them and to be supported by enthusiastic adult volunteers. Our youth groups are fun and sociable, keeping young people engaged and interested whilst enabling them to discover and learn new things that will ultimately empower them to help save nature. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to be an inspiring leader, working alongside a team of assistant and junior leaders to run activities that encourage young people to explore and develop a passion for nature.

The skills you need

Essential: - Experience of working with young people, creating and leading exciting activities based on the natural world - Excellent communication skills with people of all ages including young people, other volunteers and parents - Ability to lead, motivate and organise people and work as a team to share tasks and responsibilities - Be self-motivated and able to show initiative - A willingness to learn and to undertake training as needed for the role - Ability to be an excellent representative of the RSPB within the local community - You will also need access to the internet and have an email address for communication - Able to attend the group meetings that are held on a Saturday, once a month and usually at RSPB The Lodge in Sandy. - It would be desirable (though not essential) if you also have the following: - Bags of experience and a natural ability for communicating your passion for nature to young people. You don't need to be a wildlife expert though - you will learn a lot as you go along. - Experience of writing and completing risk assessments. - Knowledge of budget management - Understanding of GDPR guidelines and experience of storing data and documents in line with these, although full training can be provided - Experience of induction and leading teams of volunteers - Experience of promoting events or activities - An understanding of current Safeguarding expectations and information, although full training will be provided. - Don't worry if you don't have the desirable skills currently as we are here to support you to build your skills as part of your ongoing training and development in this role

Your time

Ten to twelve meetings a year.
All year round

What's in it for you?

This role offers an exciting opportunity to make use of your skills and experiences, as well as your passion for nature, whilst ensuring the Youth Group flourishes. You will also be able to meet the RSPB's aim to put young people at the heart of our mission to save nature. You will help to connect them to nature and create the leaders of the future. Not only this, but you will have opportunity to further develop your own skills and experiences, for example, leadership, teamwork and organisation skills. You will also have access to the RSPB suite of training packages to support your personal development and we will be available to support you along the way. You will be part of the wider RSPB youth group network and will have the opportunity to meet with and link up with youth group volunteers across the UK as well as support from local contacts such as a reserve, local adult group or regional youth group volunteer. An induction and relevant training will be provided, and will be able to offer you ongoing support to further develop the skills you need for this role. Volunteer cards are issued to those who give 50 hours that gives you a range of discounts plus free entry to RSPB nature reserves. Why not get in touch and see how you would fit in the role

How to apply


Ronnie Bartlett, UKHQ RSPB Headquarters
Tel: 01767 680551
Email: Ronnie.Bartlett@RSPB.ORG.UK


In line with our Safeguarding Policy, all applications are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service England and Wales), Access NI in Northern Ireland, or a PVG Scheme registration from Volunteer Scotland. Contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090811 for more information. Contact on 01786 849777 for more information. Contact Access NI References will also be taken up. All training necessary and background information will be provided and since you are giving us your time, we offer to reimburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles max.) THe RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents, you can help us increase our impact and help us to save more nature.

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