Guided Walk Leader (non-RSPB role)

Woodland Trust - Guided Walk Leader for the Great Trossachs Forest

Tuesday 9 April 2019
Vacancy type:
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 one of the UK's leading conservation charities. We have over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites all over the UK. We believe life's better with trees. We protect and campaign on behalf of the UK's woods, plant more trees, and restore ancient woodland, for the benefit of wildlife and people. 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. The role includes the planning, promotion and delivery of guided walks in the Great Trossachs Forest. Walks are expected to last a maximum of 2 hours and the volunteer is to liaise with Trust partners if support from staff is required to run these. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills and your passion for nature, history and stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have a rewarding experience during their visit to the woodland. Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor's awareness of the work of the Trust and the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work and visiting other Woodland Trust sites. 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

• Recognisable by the public as a Woodland Trust volunteer by wearing branded polo shirt while volunteering with us. • Agree dates and times for guided walks to take place on site with your volunteer manager. • Prepare an appropriate guided walk plan for discussion with your volunteer manager, which includes proposed route, timings, and details of the subject matter and how this links back to the aims of The Woodland Trust. • Promote the walks utilising appropriate resources available. • Acknowledge all walk participants with a friendly welcome, checking them off on a pre-printed register or to register visitors who turn up speculatively and to forward those records as agreed after your walk is completed. • Liaise with other Woodland Trust staff and volunteers to ensure back up support for the walk dependent on the numbers attending. • Support other guided walk leaders by providing back up support for their activities if requested. • Ensure you have up-to-date risk assessments from your volunteer manager for each walk/site and review regularly. Ensure the measures identified are complied with when planning and running the walk. • Refer visitors to Woodland Trust staff when required or to other sources of information such as websites, social media and leaflets. • Keep up to date about the woodland event programme and actively promote events and other local Woodland Trust sites to visitors. • Adherence to our Volunteer Charter, policies, procedures and guidelines, which can be found on Whittle, your dedicated volunteering website. • Friendly, reliable and positive outlook with good communication skills. • Interest in woodlands, trees and nature with an understanding of the needs of the public and native wildlife. • Familiarity with the area where the walks will take place. • Sensible regard for health and safety and awareness of an objective dangers to members of your group. • Affinity with and commitment to the aims of the Woodland Trust.

Your time

One walk per month

What's in it for you?

This role supports Woodland Trust events, linking to the Woodland Trust's aim to encourage awareness of conservation and habitat protection for wildlife within woodlands and green spaces. This is a great opportunity to showcase the area and make a real contribution to it and meet people from various walks of life.

How to apply


Yvonne Boles, South and West Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 0141 331 0993


Volunteer will need to provide/have access to: a phone, internet, an email address and appropriate clothing for the task and weather conditions, including sturdy footwear. Expenses will be reimbursed for return journeys from home based on public transport cost or mileage at standard rates for the Woodland Trust. Other expenses must be agreed in advance with your volunteer manager. The Trust has a health and safety policy supported by guidance and rules. The Trust provides risk assessments for each volunteering role. You will have a responsibility to flag up any risks the task may pose to you or others and discuss it with your volunteer manager. This role may entail lone working therefore you will need to feel comfortable working in this situation. We would encourage, and can assist, in setting up a 'buddy system' for safety reasons. Any concerns regarding safety should be discussed immediately with your volunteer manager. Please keep a record of the hours you are involved with the task and send them to your volunteer manager each month. This allows us to measure the impact and value that volunteering has on the work of the organisation. As a Woodland Trust volunteer you may have the opportunity to support the Trust at events in your area. We will contact you when these occasions arise to see if you are available and would like to help. First Aid training is available through your volunteer development officer if required.

Reference number 8988