Rod the Heron Puppeteer

Thursday 16 November 2017
Vacancy type:
Publicity and promotional, Raise money to save nature, Inspiring young people
Wales HQ

What we're looking for

We're looking for volunteers 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're looking for people who are keen to be part of an exciting project helping thousands of children to discover and learn more about wildlife in Cardiff. Playing the part of Rod the Heron you'll take on a central role at events delivered through our Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff project. Delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council and Buglife, the project aims to inspire and enable more children and their families to spend more time, more regularly with nature.

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 and willing to be the centre of attention whilst staying fully within the character you've created. Previous performance experience is welcomed but not necessary. You'll work in tandem with other volunteers to operate and animate Rod. Taking on the full character of a heron you'll need to walk, stalk and interact with the public to stop people in their tracks and create an experience they won't forget. You'll have initiative and imagination to take on the role of Rod and hone his character, making it your own and with it bring playfulness and creativity to your role. You'll be comfortable receiving and responding to feedback and be proactive in identifying ways to improve Rod's role at events. 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 ideally be able to make your own way to events across Cardiff and happy to work at weekends.

Your time

At least two or three events per year and training relevant to role, but with flexibility to fit in with work, studies etc. Events typically run from 10am – 4pm and take place during weekends and school holidays.
All year round

What's in it for you?

If you're looking 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 communication and engagement 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.

How to apply


Susan Ansell, Wales HQ
Tel: 029 2035 3000


Full training and uniform will be provided and any travel expenses incurred whilst volunteering will be reimbursed.

Reference number 8494