Group Leader - RSPB Lancaster Local Group

Are you a great 'people person', have well honed people management and organisational skills and the ability to inspire others?

Tuesday 11 August 2020
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
At home

What we're looking for

RSPB local groups are run by volunteers to be the voice of the RSPB in the local community. They offer our members and the public the opportunity to get more involved in our work to save nature. Groups run activities like indoor talks and outdoor walks; they fundraise and campaign for the RSPB; and attend local community events to inspire people to take action for nature. We're looking for the right person to lead the Lancaster Local Group. You don't need to be an expert in birds - people skills and enthusiasm are much more important for this role. Responsibilities: We want someone to lead the group and help develop a range of events and activities that will get people involved, attract new group members and make sure people enjoy themselves. Looking after and inspiring people is the main job, but we'll also need your admin skills. You'll attend a two day workshop at our HQ in Bedfordshire where you'll be given full training and get to meet staff and other volunteers. You will chair group committee meetings, at least three each year, and an AGM, after which you'll help prepare an annual report and financial return. You will also be the main point of contact with RSPB HQ and staff and keep the group up to date on any news. It will also be your job to make sure the group abides by its constitution and represents the RSPB as it should. In all this you will have the support of the group committee and a full-time Local Groups Officer who will always be there to help.

The skills you need

A great 'people person' with good 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. An excellent leader of people with sound delegation and organisational skills and the ability to be diplomatic and impartial when there are differences, and reassuring and positive when there is disappointment. Shows concern for people's well being, treats others as equals and takes time to ensure group volunteers feel recognised and appreciated for work well done. Creative, forward thinking, willing to try new things. Open to ideas and suggestions from others, supportive of appropriate new ventures that the committee may wish to pursue, trusts the decisions and expertise of others. Able to identify areas that may need change, implementing change in a sensitive manner. Aims for high standards of efficiency, reliability and quality. Computer literate with internet and email access. A commitment to the work of the RSPB and supportive of the Saving Nature Strategy, eager to inspire people to care about what the RSPB is trying to achieve. Always speaks positively about the RSPB and advocates for the RSPB brand. Respects the need for confidentiality when dealing with confidential information. Adhere to the RSPB's policies and procedures whilst volunteering and 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

20 or more hours a month on average .
Maximum 5 year term of office
All year round

What's in it for you?

You'll get to meet new people and make new friends. You can use your skills to further develop the group and help the RSPB and the group to work together to save nature. As leader you could use the opportunity to take on a new challenge for the group and flex your leadership and/or creative muscles. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of being a local group leader is knowing that you're really making a difference in inspiring others to help save nature. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply


Alasdair McKee, At home


You would be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses from the group charity bank account. You would have full support from a dedicated and experienced committee of volunteers, as well as support from staff at the RSPB Regional Office and the Volunteering Development Department at HQ. 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. Feel free to get in touch for a chat bout the role. We'd love to hear from you.

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