Volunteer Coordinator Public Engagement

Friday 16 February 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Letter writing and campaigning
Old Hall Marshes

What we're looking for

Did you know, we face the risk of losing little terns from the Essex coastline, unless we can involve more people and raise understanding of the pressures affecting little tern populations on our shores? To help us do this, we are seeking a confident and engaging communicator, able to enthuse people about little tern conservation, as the lead of a small team of little tern advocates based around Hamford water and the Blackwater and Colne Estuaries. The role will include identifying community groups, businesses and services interested in getting involved in little tern conservation; distributing posters through the volunteer team to community partners; helping to organise one little tern event, and seeking ways for the volunteer team to raise public awareness about protecting little terns. There may also be opportunities to give presentations to specific groups interested in learning more about how they can help little terns. This role is an exciting opportunity to help shape and build a sustainable project and people engagement programme for little terns. The little tern is one of Britain's rarest breeding seabirds and has suffered chronic decline over the past 25 years in part due to the loss of suitable coastal breeding sites. Unfortunately, in Essex 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, as such their numbers are at a low ebb and colonies are restricted to remote and difficult to reach places. 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

We're looking for an organised and enthusiastic person with an interest in the conservation of little terns and beach-nesting birds. As a confident and engaging communicator, you will be able to enthuse others to get involved in the recovery of little terns in Essex. Ideally, you will know many communities around the Essex coast, and are based locally. You should have basic computer skills, and be able to use a spreadsheet to organise partner and volunteer data. You are tactful and diplomatic and handle sensitive data with discretion. Minimum commitment: On average, one day/week through the breeding season (April - August). Full training is provided in April and RSPB staff will provide ongoing support throughout the season.

Your time

1 day per week
All year round

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. In doing this you will gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience developing and delivering a public engagement project focussing on little terns and beach-nesting birds. You will have a chance to learn more about little tern recovery, share your knowledge with others, and contribute to the conservation of little terns around the Essex coast. Full training and support will be provided by RSPB staff. 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, Old Hall Marshes
Tel: 01621 869015
Email: Sarah.gelpke@rspb.org.uk


We would reimburse you for all reasonable out- of- pocket expenses, invite you to volunteer 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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