Weekend Welcome Volunteer - Exe Estuary Nature Reserve

Posted:
Thursday 23 March 2017
Vacancy type:
Helping visitors at our reserves
Location:
Exe Estuary Reserve

What we're looking for

'The Lookout' is the newly renovated hide at the RSPB's Bowling Green Marsh nature reserve in Topsham. It's more than a hide, it's a place of discovery and 'a window to the wild' for families to discover and enjoy. We need you to bring it alive with live interpretation of the surrounding natural beauty. The Exe Estuary is beautiful and incredible for wildlife. We need to ensure every visitor feels at home, welcome and inspired by what they have seen, discovered and learnt from their experience at The Lookout. We need you to be the story teller, the welcome, the smile, the one who shows the visiting family what can be created at the activity table. And the one who shows all ages how to hold and focus binoculars, to bring that wildlife spectacle closer, because picking up binoculars for the first time can be confusing and intimidating especially for little hands. We will also need you to keep The Lookout inviting and a pleasant place by making sure it looks ship shape and looked after. The star attractions need looking after too and so we will need you to keep the bird feeders topped up. Oh, and your visitors too by offering them the warming touch of tea and coffee. You will be encouraging visitors to not only love and enjoy nature, but support it too by becoming a member of the RSPB, or supporting the RSPB's work in other ways. Nature needs us more than ever, so encouraging members to join is an essential part of this role.

The skills you need

This role is perfect for someone who has an active interest in the RSPB but doesn't necessarily have the bird identification skills as yet. You need to really enjoy working with people (especially families) and have an enthusiastic manner, deliver a warm welcome and exceptional customer service to all visitors. You will have a passionate ability to inspire the next generation to connect with nature.

Your time

Minimum:
Saturday and / or Sunday 11am - 1pm, 2pm - 4pm on a rota system
Duration:
ongoing
Period:
all year round

What's in it for you?

You will become part of a friendly and dedicated team who are well-recognised and supported. You will get a buzz from inspiring visitors to enjoy nature in our wildlife garden and appreciate the view from The Lookout. Appropriate and tailored training will be provided and could include bird ID skills, RSPB (the values and aims), membership recruitment.

How to apply

Contact

Max Crouch, Exe Estuary Reserve
Tel: 01392 833111
Email: Max.Crouch@RSPB.ORG.UK

Notes

Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. 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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