Bromley Swift Urban Nature Caseworker

Monday 25 June 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Community groups
At home

What we're looking for

Swifts are fantastic, highly visible, charismatic, and yet deeply mysterious birds, that nest right alongside us in our homes and work places. They should be an indelible feature of blue English summer skies, but they need our help - they are now on the Amber list of birds of conservation concern following a decline of 51% between 1995 and 2015. House sparrows and starlings too are in steep decline and are now on the Red list. We are looking for local volunteers to: * check local planning applications for building projects ( e.g. new housing, urban redevelopment schemes, new public buildings) that have potential to offer opportunities to incorporate nesting spaces (external or internal nest boxes) for urban birds like swifts and house sparrows along with opportunities to provide new or enhanced green spaces to benefit urban nature. * respond positively to consultations, encouraging the local planning authority to press for inclusion of these enhancements in the process of granting permission.

The skills you need

It is essential that you: *Have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, saving swifts and other urban nature *Have excellent face to face, telephone and email communication skills, as well as promotional skills. *possess the ability to enthuse partners and property managers to plan positively for urban nature. * Happy to work independently * Have access to the internet, email and be competent using Microsoft Office or similar. Preferably, you will also have experience of the English planning system and/or construction industry.

Your time

Approximately one day per month (flexible)
All year round

What's in it for you?

An excellent opportunity to gain skills in planning casework. Be part of a growing community of people working to help swifts in Bromley. You'll receive training relevant to the role and ongoing support. There is an opportunity develop further in the role over time to include other urban wildlife or to include advising developers on the ground. This role can be flexible to suit around work or other commitments. Based at home, you can do the majority of this work "out of hours" providing you have access to the internet.

How to apply


David Hampson, At home
Email: David.Hampson@RSPB.ORG.UK


Further details: 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.

Reference number 8713