RSPB Local Group Facilitator Volunteer – Chesterfield

Do you have the ability to lead and inspire others? Do you want to guide a local group that will make the difference in the local community and nature? Then this exceptional role might be for you!

Posted:
Friday 14 June 2019
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
Location:
Midlands Regional Office

What we're looking for

We are looking for the right individual to facilitate the RSPB Local Group in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The importance of our local groups is crucial for promoting the values and mission of the RSPB in the local communities. More information on the RSPB Chesterfield Local Group here: https://ww2.RSPB.org.uk/groups/chesterfield . This role is perfectly suitable for: - People experienced in facilitating groups. - For people who want to gain exceptional experience in facilitating groups, as part of their career path and development. - People who understand the crucial environmental challenges of our times and want to make the change on a local level. The role is expected to commence as soon as possible! Main responsibilities - Be creative and out-of-the-box thinker. Encourage a range of activities, aiming to nurture links with the local community, raise awareness about environmental conservation and attract new group members. The activities can be educational, informative, inspiring, aiming at encouraging community building, active participation, and of course, having fun! The possibilities are endless and you will encourage great things happen. - Ensure the smooth running of indoor talks evenings and other activities. - Lead a group committee of 6-10 people; ensuring clearly defined roles and responsibilities; provide support as required, maintaining the positive attitude and high levels of motivation of people involved; facilitate and navigate successfully the group, through moments of challenge or uncertainty. - Attend a two-day training at the RSPB HQ, Bedfordshire within the first year. - Support the group to deliver at least three meetings each year. Ensure that necessary activity and financial reports will be complete annually. - Be a reliable main point of contact for your Regional/Country Office and HQ. - Ensure that the group's activity meets RSPB volunteering standards and guidelines.

The skills you need

Please note that you don't have to be an expert in birds - people skills are much more important for this role. More specifically you will need: - To be a 'people person' with great communication and interpersonal skills - friendly and approachable with the enthusiasm and ability to motivate others and work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different ages. Always assumes positive intent in others. - To be an individual with sound delegation and organisational skills and the ability to be diplomatic and impartial when there are differences, reassuring and positive when there is any disappointment, shows concern for people's well-being, treats others as equals and takes time to celebrate group's achievements and ensure that volunteers feel recognised and appreciated for their effort and work. - To be a creative, forward thinker, willing to try new things. Open to ideas and suggestions from others, supportive of appropriate new ventures, trust the decisions and expertise of others. Able to identify areas that may need change and implement that change on a right and appropriate manner. - To be an individual who aims for high standards of efficiency, reliability and quality. - To be computer literate with internet and email access. - To commit to the work of the RSPB, eager to inspire people to care about what its values and mission. Always speaks positively about the RSPB and advocates for the RSPB brand. - To respect fully the need for confidentiality when dealing with sensitive and confidential information. - To adhere to the RSPB's policies and procedures whilst volunteering. Co-operate with members of staff to achieve the aims of the charity. Accept that ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the charity rests with the charity's Council and Management Board. - Group leaders must be members of the RSPB.

Your time

Minimum:
15-20 hours a month
Duration:
Maximum 5 year term of office
Period:
All year round

What's in it for you?

- Perhaps the most rewarding and fulfilling aspect of being an RSPB local group leader is knowing that your work has a great local impact and plays a crucial role in inspiring communities give nature a home. Through your work you will be making a real difference by inspiring your local community get actively involved in our movement to save nature. - You can utilise your skills to further develop the group and help ensure the RSPB and the group work together effectively to save nature. This opportunity will offer new challenges that will take your leadership, communication and creative skills even further. - You will be an important part of the RSPB, the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe! You will get out outstanding insight into our work. We will provide you with continuous guidance and support so you can build the skills and confidence that will help you carry out your work successfully and become an inspiring leader. - This role is an exceptional opportunity to meet many new people, make new friends and expand your local networks. - All expenses will be reimbursed where necessary.

How to apply

Contact

Nadia Archer, Midlands Regional Office
Tel: 01767 693777
Email: Nadia.Archer@rspb.org.uk

Notes

The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home and create a better world for all of us. We also belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. With your gifts and talents you we will save more nature together.

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