Research Project volunteer - home based

This is an opportunity to help shape RSPB's new approach to engaging people to save nature.

Thursday 13 September 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration
At home

What we're looking for

Saving Nature Through People (SNTP) is one of the RSPB's new strategic priorities. The aim of this work is to build a diverse, people-powered movement to save nature. We are currently developing our approach to Saving Nature Through People and this includes gathering information to help shape our vision and direction. Part of this work is researching examples of best practice projects or activities, and producing case studies. From these case studies we can draw out insights to help us develop a 'how to' guide, which will become our Saving Nature Through People Toolkit. This role will focus primarily on RSPB Local Groups and help us research the fantastic activities they do across the four UK countries. These include enthusing the public about nature, generating income, community action, campaigning and communications. There are also groups that would like to diversify what they do, and it would be great to capture those ideas too. This role will be carrying out tasks such as researching local group activities on their websites and in their newsletters, contacting local groups to interview them about the activities they are doing and producing case studies from this research. The person appointed will be provided with an interview template to help gather the information, and will be supported fully by the SNTP programme team and Local Group Officers.

The skills you need

Essential: • Communication and writing skills • Ability and confidence to speak to lots of different people about their RSPB projects and activities Desirable: • Research experience

Your time

2 hours per week, flexible
3 months (could be extended)
October 2018 to February 2019

What's in it for you?

This is an opportunity to help shape RSPB's new approach to engaging people to save nature. This is an organisation-wide programme, and you will be contributing to the development of this work and helping to make a real difference. It will also provide the opportunity to speak to lots of passionate volunteers around the UK and learn about the brilliant ways they and their groups help enthuse people to care about and protect wildlife.

How to apply


Nic Scothern, South East England Regional Office
Tel: 01273 775333


Training will be provided about the SNTP programme and resources to help with information gathering will be provided (e.g. template for case study interview and case study framework etc.). RSPB local groups are run by volunteers in communities across the UK. They have extensive events programmes which each group organises, including talks, walks, fundraising and much, much more. Read more at This is a flexible role which can be home based and can fit around your time if necessary. Expenses will be reimbursed. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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