Local Group Deputy Leader - Highland

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

Saturday 3 December 2016
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
Various locations

What we're looking for

Our local groups play a vital role, supporting the work of the RSPB locally through fundraising, events, education and much more, as well as providing a focal point for interested people to meet. The RSPB Highland Local Group has been running for almost 30 years and is a great place to meet friendly, like minded people whilst learning more about birds and wildlife. Whether you are a novice or an expert everyone is given a warm welcome. We have monthly indoor meetings and twice a month outdoor meetings with the occasional coach trip and long weekend holidays. However as everything in nature needs to change to keep evolving, so does our group. The group is run by a committee of volunteers and we are looking for new committee members to help us continue to develop the group to move forward for another 30 years. We are looking for an enthusiastic and conscientious individual to assist the leader for our local group in the Inverness area who acts as a conduit between the group and the RSPB. You will both be supported by our Volunteering Development Officer, and a dedicated local committee. Our network of over 140 RSPB local groups are ambassadors for the RSPB in the local community, supporting our work.

The skills you need

A great 'people person' with good communication and interpersonal skills - friendly and approachable with the enthusiasm and ability to motivate others and work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different ages. Always assumes positive intent in others. An excellent leader of people with sound delegation and organisational skills and the ability to be diplomatic and impartial when there are differences, and reassuring and positive when there is disappointment. Shows concern for people's well being, treats others as equals and takes time to ensure group volunteers feel recognised and appreciated for work well done. Creative, forward thinking, willing to try new things. Open to ideas and suggestions from others, supportive of appropriate new ventures that the committee may wish to pursue, trusts the decisions and expertise of others. Able to identify areas that may need change, implementing change in a sensitive manner. Aims for high standards of efficiency, reliability and quality. Computer literate with internet and email access. A commitment to the work of the RSPB and supportive of the Saving Nature Strategy, eager to inspire people to care about what the RSPB is trying to achieve. Always speaks positively about the RSPB and advocates for the RSPB brand. Respects the need for confidentiality when dealing with confidential information. Adhere to the RSPB's policies and procedures whilst volunteering and co-operate with members of staff to achieve the aims of the charity. Accept that ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the charity rests with the charity's Council and Management Board. Group leaders must be members of the RSPB.

Your time

8-10 hours a month on average. Initial 2 day training course
Maximum 2 year term of office
September to May

What's in it for you?

This is your chance to increase awareness about the RSPB and the importance of conservation in your local area. This work can be very enjoyable and you will have the chance to work alongside like-minded and enthusiastic RSPB members and engender an interest in new people to the group as well as to the wider public through events. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply


Jackie Brown, Scotland Headquarters,Fundraising & Communications
Tel: 0131 317 4100
Email: jackie.brown@rspb.org.uk


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 North Scotland Regional Office, the Volunteering Development Officer at our Scotland Headquarters and the Volunteering Development Department at HQ. The RSPB Highland Local Group meet once a month at Greyfriars Free Church, Balloan Rd, Inverness IV2 4PP For more details visit the group website at http://www.RSPB.org.uk/groups/highland The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. 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.

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