Rod the Heron Puppeteer

Thursday 16 November 2017
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Publicity and promotional, Inspiring young people
Wales HQ

What we're looking for

Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is an exciting project, delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council and Buglife, inspiring and enabling more children and their families to spend more time more regularly outdoors with nature. Playing the part of Rod the Heron you'll take on a central role at our Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff events and activities for families. We need you to bring a sense of theatre and performance to our work with the public, to catch people's attention and imagination with our 8ft heron puppet. We need you to work in tandem with another volunteer to operate and animate Rod. Taking on the full character of a heron we need you to walk, stalk and interact with the public to stop people in their tracks and create an experience they won't forget. You'll need to be confident, outgoing and willing to be the centre of attention whilst staying fully within the character you've created. You'll have initiative and imagination to take on the role of Rod, trial, improvise and hone his character, making it your own and with it bring playfulness and creativity to your role.

The skills you need

You'll be able to animate and effectively bring to life through puppetry the character of Rod the Heron. You'll be confident and creative engaging and entertaining a range of audiences. Previous performance experience is welcomed but not necessary. You'll need to be reasonably fit and strong in order to operate a large puppet. You'll be happy working outdoors and in busy public spaces, working closely with other volunteers. You'll be comfortable receiving and responding to feedback and be proactive in identifying ways to improve Rod's role at events. You'll ideally be able to make your own way to events across Cardiff and happy to work at weekends.

Your time

Events throughout the year
All year round

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to gain experience in community engagement, public events, performance and puppeteering, this role is like no other within the RSPB. This is your chance to help us respond more creatively to nature. We'll provide full training in how to operate Rod effectively and safely in public spaces. We'll provide opportunities for you to collaborate with other volunteers and share your learning in order to hone your puppeteering and public engagement skills. You'll have the chance to develop Rod's character using your own imagination and creative instinct. In so doing you'll learn more about wildlife, animal behaviour as well as developing skills in communicating and engaging with a range of audiences. You'll be joining our team of Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff volunteers who are all enthusiastic about exploring wildlife and sharing it with others. Working alongside them this is your chance to help us creatively engage thousands of people with nature in Cardiff. You'll receive a full induction to your role and volunteering with the RSPB. We'll provide you with a uniform and any expenses incurred whilst volunteering will be reimbursed.

How to apply


Carolyn Robertson, Wales HQ
Tel: 029 2035 3000


As a volunteer you'll be joining an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! RSPB is also the UK Partner of Birdlife International. We work for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife and rely on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference.

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