Volunteer Caseworker Eastern England or Suffolk Based

To support the regional conservation team to protect our most important wildlife sites, by building the best possible case for protection and seek biodiversity enhancements in new developments.

Thursday 20 December 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Volunteering at home, Internships, Letter writing and campaigning
Stour Estuary Reserve

What we're looking for

As an RSPB volunteer you are part of something big – a team of dedicated people who donate their time, energy, talent and skills to help birds and other wildlife.You will be helping to protect nature now and for future generations to enjoy. Your primary role will be to identify, check and respond to local planning applications in respect of proposals that may impact our most important wildlife sites. In addition you may also: 1. monitor live cases as they progress through the planning system 2. monitor planning conditions to ensure they have been delivered 3. secure biodiversity enhancements in new developments, e.g. swift-bricks, hedgehog-friendly fencing, living walls 4. develop relations with planners, councillors and other key stakeholders involved in the planning process 5. provide guidance to communities developing Neighbourhood Plans

The skills you need

Essential The ability to work independently and to deadlines An eye for detail Excellent email/telephone/letter-writing skills An ability to develop rapport and influence people Discretion Preferable An interest in nature conservation Experience of the English planning system.

Your time

Two hours per week
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is an excellent opportunity to gain, or maintain existing, skills in planning casework. You will have the opportunity to develop and/or enhance a professional skill set. You will also be part of a committed team working to save nature in eastern England. You will receive training relevant to the role and ongoing support. There is also an opportunity to develop further in the role over time to specialise in a particular field, e.g. Green Infrastructure advice or Local Plan consultations or to lead a team of volunteers across the region. 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. Alternatively you may work from our Stour Estuary Office in Suffolk or our Regional Office in Norwich.

How to apply


Mark Nowers, Stour Estuary Reserve
Tel: 01206 391153/01206 392119
Email: Mark.Nowers@rspb.org.uk


There will be a need to carry out short on-line training courses (e.g. Data Protection) which periodically require refreshing. 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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