Visitor Experience Volunteer Internship: Ribble Discovery Centre, Lytham St Anne's

Posted:
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people, Internships
Location:
Ribble Discovery Centre

What we're looking for

The RSPB are Europe's largest conservation charity. We are based in the RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre on Fairhaven Lake on the edge of the vitally important Ribble Estuary. We work closely with RSPB Marshside and Hesketh Out Marsh on the opposite side of the estuary, unified as Ribble Reserves. We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate volunteer intern to play a vital role within our team and help deliver a great experience for schools, families and general visitors. We play an important role within the education component of the RSPB, delivering hands on, inspirational, outdoor sessions to hundreds of visiting school children every year. We also run a programme of family events in the immediate locality, utilising our unique beach and lake areas. This role has the potential to be extremely flexible, offering you the chance to gain experience in a variety of areas. It will provide the opportunity to boost confidence, experience and skills required to make that first step into a career within the conservation sector. Overall purpose of the role: • Assisting with the day to day running of visitor operations and ongoing promotion of the Ribble Reserves sites. • Assisting in our learning and events team with the delivery of educational objectives to schools. • Ensure visitors to RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre have an excellent welcome and experience. • Promoting and delivering an engaging programme of reserve events, including family activities. • Assisting with the maintenance, content and promotion of our social media and blogging communications. • Other marketing and promotion duties, such as producing posters, leaflets and other publicity materials such as articles for local newspapers and magazines.

The skills you need

We are looking for someone who is: • A passionate communicator, able to engage others • Friendly and approachable A strong team player, building positive relationships with others • Keen to learn and equally keen to share knowledge and experiences • Adaptable, able to use own initiative and be self motivated, ready to turn your hand to the multitude of different tasks required • Enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation (specialist knowledge not required) • Over 18yrs old • Driving licence maybe useful but not essential We also need you to be reasonably flexible with your working days as a small number of events may happen at weekends, evenings and overnight.

Your time

Minimum:
2 to 3 days a week. 9am to 5.15pm
Duration:
6 months
Period:
March - September

What's in it for you?

At our reserves we aim to ensure all our visitors, young and old, have a fantastic time when they visit. You'll help us to achieve this through visitor engagement, interpretation, marketing, fundraising, education and volunteer management. In return, we'll provide the training and experience needed to pursue a career in conservation, tourism/hospitality or teaching – the RSPB have a proven track record of interns going on to work in conservation, so we can honestly say our internships work! As well as providing lots of opportunities to gain first hand experience, we will assist YOUR personal development and progression. A wide range of opportunities will arise during your placement giving you the chance to learn new skills, gain new experiences and increase your conservation knowledge. You will: • Develop essential organisational skills, gaining experience of planning, delivering and promoting an events programme. • Play a vital role in inspiring young people's engagements with nature, gaining experience in teaching school and youth groups about wildlife and conservation. • Be part of the RSPB, a large established charity and the largest conservation organisation in Europe. • Be a crucial part of a larger team, working alongside and in some cases, supervising, other volunteers. • Develop knowledge, experience and skills in a range of media promotion and communications. • Have access to our internal vacancies throughout your internship and a chance to network with other regional staff. • Place yourself in a stronger position in the job market for working within in the conservation sector. • Receive all relevant and necessary training and background information.

How to apply

Contact

Jo Taylor, Ribble Discovery Centre
Tel: 01253 796292
Email: Jo.Taylor@RSPB.ORG.UK

Notes

How to apply: email Jo Taylor for an application form, jo.taylor@RSPB.org.uk. Return your completed application form to Jo by email by closing date Thursday 20 February 2020 at 5pm NB. Our internships are designed to offer work experience but don't guarantee future employment with the RSPB. Interns are welcome to apply for our paid vacancies, but for obvious reasons, an intern would need to have proven themselves in their current role before their volunteering experience will assist an application for a paid post. All the training necessary and background information will be provided and since you'll be giving up your time, it's only fair that we offer to re imburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles). In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), Access NI in Northern Ireland, or a PVG Scheme registration check from Volunteer Scotland in Scotland. Contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090811 for more information. References will also be taken up. All training necessary and background information will be provided and since you are giving up your time, it is only fair we offer to re-imburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles max). The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature.

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