Quality control and maintenance volunteer - RSPB Old Moor

Thursday 3 December 2020
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Helping visitors at our reserves
Old Moor

What we're looking for

We have secured National Lottery Heritage funding to make RSPB Old Moor even better for our wildlife and visitors and we are looking for a team of people who can take the initiative and make sure that our nature reserve is looking at its very best for our visitors. This is a “jack or jill-of-all trades” role for a friendly person with: • a can-do attitude, • a keen eye for detail and what high quality looks like • a desire to get stuck in to make and keep Old Moor looking as good as possible. You will help us to maintain the highest quality of visitor experience Each day in this role will be different and varied depending on what is happening on the day. You will be working indoors and outdoors and your day might include: • checks on visitor trails, playground, paths and hides • car of our Wild Play equipment e.g. sand pool and bare foot trail • care of mobility scooters • maintaining bins • filling/ cleaning bird feeders • updating notice boards • helping cover tills or welcome in our visitor centre • engaging with our visitors, a smile and “good morning” or pointing things our and talking about the reserve, • It's a wide-ranging role with the flexibility to make the most of your skills e.g. focus on visitor interaction, best at the weekend, or focus on practical tasks, best mid week. You would be part of a team of 5-7 volunteers, on a rota to cover the week. You could work in pairs or individually depending on personal preferences and the tasks to be done.

The skills you need

Happy to volunteer both outside and inside and adaptable to the tasks required of you, which will differ from day to day. Able to access the reserve, on and off crushed stone paths and carry out maintenance on equipment on rough ground. Happy to be outdoors all day. Desire to help and lend a hand wherever it is needed and a can do attitude. Good level of awareness- to recognise and strive for high quality. Proactive and energetic, see what needs to be done and get it done. Cheery nature, with the confidence to engage members of the public, of all ages and levels of wildlife experience in a friendly and professional manner. Willingness to undertake the training to enable you to complete the quality control and maintenance volunteer role for RSPB Old Moor and maintain the reserve to a high standard for our visitors to enjoy. Some of this training is online, but we will give you the support you need.

Your time

1 day per week
All year round - busier in Spring/Summer

What's in it for you?

Varied and changing role in which you can learn new DIY skills or utilise existing skills and make an instant positive difference to the site. Once settled into the role, you can work with a high level of autonomy- we will trust your judgement of what needs doing and how to do it, but give you support as and when you need it. The opportunity to meet and interact with our visitors- to share your knowledge of the reserve and its wildlife with them so their visitor experience is exceptional- and be a valued part of a friendly, supportive team, receive quarterly newsletter about the RSPB in the Dearne Valley and be invited to volunteer events. Opportunity to focus on the aspects of this varied role which best suit your skill set. Or to use the role to develop a range of new skills and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do something new. Keeping fit, active and healthy through a varied, practical based role. Gain a greater understanding of the RSPB, it's vision and ways of working, and an induction of RSPB Old Moor and our network of sites in the Dearne Valley. Represent the charity with you uniform and volunteer badge. The training and regular line management support to help you excel in your quality control and maintenance volunteer role, including willow maintenance training, manual handling, working at height, data protection, retail till and card payment training, experience in delivering guided walks and safeguarding. An opportunity to take pride in and contribute to your local nature reserve. We can provide reference of your volunteering with us, if appropriate

How to apply


Elizabeth Harding, Old Moor
Tel: 01226 273830
Email: Elizabeth.Harding@RSPB.ORG.UK


Background information, training and uniform will be provided for you. Travel expenses to and from your volunteering can be reimbursed (up to 25 mile radius each way). 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. Like nature, our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We believe that nature is everybody's right and being an equal, diverse organisation is the right thing to do to find solutions to our common challenges. We recognise the value of difference and want all volunteers to feel welcome, included and able to be themselves. We want to better reflect the communities in which we work so particularly welcome more volunteer applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people under 25. We have a good representation from people with disabilities amongst our volunteers and are open to discussion of any adjustments you may need or want to volunteer.

Reference number 9290