Volunteer Coordinator little terns

Wednesday 9 May 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Volunteering at home
Various locations

What we're looking for

RSPB volunteers have been contributing their time and dedication to the protection of little terns nesting on Norfolk and Suffolk beaches for several years. This year, we are looking for two self-motivated, organised and sociable people to help coordinate volunteers monitoring and protection activities at each of the two main little tern nesting sites in Norfolk (Winterton) and Suffolk (Kessingland). As part of a friendly and experienced team; you will help to coordinate and administrate a team of volunteers; be the go-to person for any volunteer enquiries, and support the Little Tern Project Officer to smoothly maintain a happy volunteer team on the beach. The little tern is one of Britain's rarest breeding seabirds and has suffered chronic decline over the past 25 years. They nest on sand or shingle coastal beaches near shallow, sheltered feeding areas where they catch small fish, invertebrates and surface insects. 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, and their numbers are declining along with suitable breeding sites.

The skills you need

An outgoing personality, good organisational and communication skills, an ability to lead/inspire others and work as part of a team. Familiarity with computers to compile survey rotas and prepare occasional updates and/or newsletters is required. An enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, birds and other wildlife is beneficial but not essential. Computer/database/website skills an advantage.

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. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the conservation of little terns and other sea birds in East Anglia. As a volunteer coordinator, you will gain experience in managing volunteer teams, learn about little tern surveying and protection, and gain skills in species recovery through local community involvement. Full training and support will be provided by members of the RSPB's Regional team. 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, Eastern England Regional Office
Tel: 01603 660066
Email: Sarah.Gelpke@RSPB.org.uk


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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