Volunteer Speaker (non-RSPB role)

Woodland Trust - Volunteer Speaker – The Great Trossachs Forest

Tuesday 9 April 2019
Vacancy type:
Publicity and promotional, Showing people wildlife
Various locations

What we're looking for

Please note this is a non-RSPB role advertised on behalf of the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Trust is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity. Founded in 1972, we were the first to stand up against the spiralling threats to our precious woods and trees, and we remain at the forefront of the fight to protect, create and restore UK woodland. This role is to support the work of the Great Trossachs Forest Project (TGTF), which is run as a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Forest Enterprise, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Woodland Trust Scotland. This unique landscape-scale project is one of the most significant native woodland projects in the UK for a generation. It is also one of the UK's largest National Nature Reserves. In 200 years, it will stretch over 160 square km at the heart of Scotland's Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Talks and audiences - Talks typically last for 40 minutes with time after for questions. The presentations are delivered using a PowerPoint presentation (which we provide, along with a projector if required), along with accompanying notes. You will present to a variety of different groups, including: gardening groups, wildlife groups, local history societies, archaeological groups, Rotary, WI, Probus, and field societies. We will support you to promote and deliver talks about woods and trees and the work of the Trust. You will share your passion for the environment, woodland, and the work of the Woodland Trust with the wider community by responding to requests, generating opportunities in your own area. We have recently started to offer talks to schools and organisations we partner with, and this is an area we are keen to expand. An interview and two references will be needed for this role. As with all volunteer roles you will need to complete an induction. You will have the opportunity to either do this online or to attend an induction event.

The skills you need

• Keep up-to-date with TGTF activities via our family of websites and other relevant publications. • To actively promote our talks and to generate your own appointments within the local area. • As a champion for the TGTF you are encouraged to research and approach local groups who may be interested. • To receive donations from groups and forward them to us with the appropriate paperwork. • To keep your volunteer manager informed of the details of any talks you arrange. This is very important. We need to be aware of what you have organised for a number of reasons, including arranging cover should you be unable to attend a talk through illness . • To respond in a timely manner to requests you receive for talks, whether via the TGTF or that you receive personally. • To regularly check and respond to emails: this will be our primary method of communicating with you and is vital in order to provide a timely response. • To make a note of any questions arising from talks, together with the contact details of the person, and relay them to your volunteer manager. • You may also occasionally be asked to attend meetings as a local ambassador, e.g. to collect a cheque. • Report any issues you come across on the site(s) to your volunteer manager. • Adherence to the Volunteer Charter and Woodland Trust policies, procedures and guidelines. • Good communication skills with the ability to handle challenging audience members. • Demonstrable experience as a public speaker is desirable. • The ability to present, inspire and engage a wide variety of audiences. • An affinity with and commitment to the aims of the TGTF and The Woodland Trust. • Genuine interest in conservation, woodlands, and people engagement. • Experience of using PowerPoint to adapt and deliver presentations. • Personable, self-confident and calm. • Good organisational skills. • IT literate (email, internet, PowerPoint). • Comfortable at seeking assistance, especially with queries.

Your time

One talk per month, 4hrs per talk
Once monthly

What's in it for you?

By volunteering as a speaker you will play a vital role in our work: you will help us by raising awareness of both the importance and value of ancient and native woodland, encouraging people to find out about and visit their local woodland and in some cases become supporters of the Woodland Trust. This is a great opportunity to showcase the area and make a real contribution to it and meet people from various walks of life. You will gain experience in public speaking, networking and using digital presentations.

How to apply


Yvonne Boles, South and West Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 0141 331 0993
Email: Yvonne.Boles@rspb.org.uk


The Woodland Trust will provide: • A name badge and branded polo shirt. • Access to TGTF presentation and a projector if needed The volunteer will need: • Access to the internet and an email address. • A telephone to communicate with your volunteer manager and the groups you are visiting. • Access to a form of transport. • Access to a laptop. On receipt of a completed expense form, expenses will be reimbursed for return journeys from home to the talk venue based on public transport cost or mileage at standard rates for the Woodland Trust. We will also reimburse travel expenses for any training we ask you to attend as part of your role. Claims for all other items of expenditure associated with the task should be agreed in advance with your volunteer manager. The Trust has a health and safety policy. We will provide risk assessments. You will have a responsibility to flag up any risks the task may pose to you and discuss it with your volunteer manager. The role involves a considerable amount of lone working so you will need to feel comfortable working in this situation. If working alone, ensure someone knows where you have gone and when you are due to return home. Any concerns regarding safety are taken very seriously and should be discussed immediately with your volunteer manager. The Woodland Trust does not provide motor insurance for volunteers using their own vehicle. Charitable work is normally classed as social domestic pleasure use and not business use, but volunteers should check with their insurer. The standard mileage allowance claimed through expenses includes a contribution for insurance, maintenance, tax and depreciation. Please keep a record of the hours you are involved with the task and send them to your volunteer manager as agreed. This allows us to measure the impact and value that your volunteering has on the work of the organisation.

Reference number 8987