Volunteer Coordinator (Old Moor, Dearne Valley)

Thursday 3 December 2020
Vacancy type:
Office and administration
Old Moor

What we're looking for

Volunteers already make a vital and fantastic contribution to the running of RSPB sites along the Dearne Valley. Over the next three years, we are seeking a further 35+ volunteers for 15 new roles in the Dearne Valley as we put National Lottery Heritage funding to great use in a programme of bushcraft events, heritage storytelling, festivals, health and wellbeing events, art workshops and physical improvement to the reserve which will better connect us to local people and communities. We are looking for a well organised friendly person who can match potential volunteers to roles they will excel in and support staff and volunteers to ensure volunteering is an excellent experience for all. Day to day tasks will include • responding to volunteer enquiries/ general questions • advertising new roles • conducting interviews with potential volunteers • assisting staff with the induction of new volunteers. • admin tasks such as recording volunteer hours, registering new volunteers, creating ID badges, organising rotas and processing expenses claims. In addition you will champion volunteering in the Dearne Valley and encourage feedback/ sharing between volunteers via volunteer events, quarterly newsletter and RSPB's annual volunteer engagement survey. This role will be largely office or home based but you will be out and about meeting and talking to volunteers when the time is right. The role is for 1 day a week.

The skills you need

Excellent communicator and people person to engage with staff and volunteers over the phone/video call, face to face as well as in writing. Friendly and approachable. Good organisation skills and excellent record keeper Ability to lead and inspire Work as part of a team with people of all ages and backgrounds Computer literate- experience using Office software and video calling platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Support can be provided if needed. Willingness to undertake the training to enable you to complete the volunteer co-ordinator role for RSPB Old Moor. This will give you the knowledge of volunteer recruitment and management and administrative systems that we use at the RSPB. Some of this training is online, but we will give you any support you need.

Your time

1 day per week
All year round

What's in it for you?

Develop your management, communication and team support skills as you co-ordinate volunteering in the Dearne Valley. You'll receive regular support from your line manager as well as the training and equipment to help you excel in your volunteer co-ordinator role. This includes GDPR, Volunteer Management System training and Safeguarding training. Make a real difference to what the RSPB can achieve as part of the friendly Old Moor team. You can support both volunteers and the staff who line manage and allocate tasks to those volunteers. You will see a tangible difference to the reserve over the three years programme of new events and activities to engage with local communities and visitors. The opportunity to meet and interact with lots of people and become a valued part of a friendly, supportive team. Gain a greater understanding of the RSPB, it's vision and ways of working, and an induction of RSPB Old Moor and our network of sites in the Dearne Valley. RSPB uniform and name badge. We can provide reference of your volunteering with us, if appropriate

How to apply


Elizabeth Harding, Old Moor
Tel: 01226 273830
Email: Elizabeth.Harding@RSPB.ORG.UK


Travel expenses to and from your volunteering can be reimbursed (up to 25 mile radius each way). The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature. Like nature, our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We believe that nature is everybody's right and being an equal, diverse organisation is the right thing to do to find solutions to our common challenges. We recognise the value of difference and want all volunteers to feel welcome, included and able to be themselves. We want to better reflect the communities in which we work so particularly welcome more volunteer applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people under 25. We have a good representation from people with disabilities amongst our volunteers and are open to discussion of any adjustments you may need or want to volunteer.

Reference number 8506