Volunteer Project Coordinator Little Terns

Also an ability to answer occasional phone calls from volunteers during the week.

Monday 29 January 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Practical conservation, Volunteering at home
Old Hall Marshes

What we're looking for

As part of the RSPB's Saving Nature Scheme, we are looking for a self-motivated, organised and sociable person to help coordinate the monitoring and protection of Little Terns and other beach-nesting birds around the Hanford Water, Blackwater and Colne Estuaries. Mostly home based, your role will be to function as the central, go-to point for volunteer surveyors through the season. You will be part of a friendly and experienced team; helping to coordinate, train and administer a team of volunteers; organise and collate information and survey data, and effectively communicate with the volunteers and the RSPB Little Tern Project team. The little tern is one of Britain's rarest breeding seabirds and has suffered chronic decline over the past 25 years. They nest on sand or shingle coastal beaches near shallow, sheltered feeding areas where they catch small fish, invertebrates and surface insects. Little terns are struggling to find a safe place to nest on our beaches due to increasing recreational activities, climate change, habitat loss and predation, and their numbers are declining along with suitable breeding sites. As a partner in the national EU LIFE little tern project, the RSPB in eastern England has worked to increase the population of little terns through restoration, creation and management of breeding sites; monitoring and protecting nesting terns and their young during the breeding season; and increasing public awareness to ensure support for the long term protection of little terns.

The skills you need

An outgoing personality, with good organisational and communication skills, and an ability to inspire others as part of a team. Familiarity with computers including using data spreadsheets, and for writing reports and newsletters is required. An ability to be discrete with sensitive information and to use tact and diplomacy will be necessary. Enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, birds and other wildlife is beneficial but not essential.

Your time

1 day per week
All year

What's in it for you?

As an RSPB volunteer you are part of something big – a team of amazing and dedicated people who donate their time, energy, talent and skills to help birds and other wildlife. This is a terrific opportunity to contribute to the conservation of little terns and other sea birds in Essex. As a volunteer coordinator, you will gain experience in managing volunteer teams, learn about little tern surveying and protection, gain skills in collating and analysing survey data. Full training and support will be provided by members of the RSPB's regional team and Saving Nature project officer. As the largest conservation charity in Europe, the RSPB can help you gain skills, meet a range of like minded people, make new friends, and give you a valuable insight into our work. Your support will help to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation.

How to apply


Sarah Gelpke, Eastern England Regional Office
Tel: 01603 660066
Email: sarah.gelpke@rspb.org.uk


While largely home-based, a full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential as some travel will be required from time to time to visit survey volunteers and attend meetings. Occasional weekend or evening working may be required to recruit volunteers and carry out training events. We would reimburse you for all reasonable out- of- pocket expenses, invite you to volunteer thank you events, and of course give you ongoing support in your role. The RSPB is the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe 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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