Community Engagement Officer - Saving Nature Through People

A chance to help people champion nature in their community, we want to support creation of community activism and help people become more deeply connected to nature.

Monday 11 January 2021
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Publicity and promotional, Volunteering at home
At home

What we're looking for

We want to realise our vision of a world where nature can thrive. To do this we need to mobilise individuals to take action for nature in their own green spaces, with their own communities and through their engagement with community organisations, businesses and politicians that work in their area. We want to help people champion nature in their community, we want to support creation of community activism and help people become more deeply connected to nature and engaged with practical ways to protect and defend it.

The skills you need

• We are looking for an experienced community engagement officer who can support us in our work at community level. • You will have experience of developing and delivering community projects which bring about positive change and engage people within communities to take an active part. Your own thoughts, ideas and experience to help us shape this work. • Using your knowledge of communities across Northern Ireland, you will empower, motivate and support individuals to become involved and take actions that improve outcomes for nature and biodiversity • You will be enthusiastic and reliable with excellent communication skills. You do not need huge knowledge of environmental issues, but you must have an interest in the environment and want to help us make a difference. • You will be confident, friendly and have a willingness to learn. Your good interpersonal skills will be key to the success of this role. • Applicants must be able to offer at least 2-3 hours a week and be able to transport themselves around NI as travel will be required. • In order to undertake this role, you would also need to have access to a computer with internet, and an email address to keep in touch. It would also be desirable (but not essential) for you to have: • Good customer service and team working skills; • Experience of writing guidance documents to share best practise with teams; • Experience of creating or delivering training packages to groups of people; • Experience of project management. Don't worry if you don't have the desirable skills at the moment, we are here to help to support you to build your skills and experience as part of your ongoing training and development in this role.

Your time

One half day per week
All year round

What's in it for you?

• You will be supporting a great cause and making a real difference through supporting the UK's biggest conservation charity. • You will receive support and guidance throughout your volunteering experience and will be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses such as mileage or public transport costs. • You will receive an induction and access to online and where possible face to face training. • You will be able to learn and practice new skills within a teamwork setting, and will be part of the wider RSPB organisation. Tasks and Duties • To support RSPB's strategy through development and delivery of a community engagement programme. • To assist with developing and organising community activities and events. • To explore innovative solutions to improve engagement between the RSPB, the local community, and potential supporters.

How to apply


Colin Graham, At home


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

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