Manager of Volunteers

Hagge Woods Trust

Escrick, York
£15.00 - £17.50/hour

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 07976 821903 Rosalind Forbes Adam

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 27 January 2017


You are invited to tender for the contract for services

To recruit and manage Volunteers to carry out the Management and Enhancement programme at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow and to train volunteers as wood-meadow guides.

Position Description

The Manager will lead Hagge Woods Trust’s volunteer programme at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow. He/she will recruit volunteers, deliver the site’s management and enhancement programme with volunteers, train volunteers as Guides and assist at events at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow. You would be working alongside a dynamic core team of five and would report to the Project Director and work in partnership with the Project Designer.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Leading volunteer sessions at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow
  • Carrying out HWT’s management and enhancement programme in conjunction with Project Designer and Project Director
  • Training of wood-meadow guides: teaching volunteers ecology and guiding skills to lead visitors and groups at the wood-meadow
  • Three Hagges PR and recruitment with local groups, businesses and organisations eg Rotary, WIs, schools, cub scouts etc
  • Social media – updates on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – in conjunction with the HWT team.

Primary Objectives

  • To help HWT achieve its Vision, Values and Mission (see below)
  • To set up a strong group of loyal volunteers (approx core 15) at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow
  • To train up local guides in ecology, in order to ‘Re-connect People with Nature’
  • To build up a sense of community amongst volunteers.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Build a team of up to 15 regular volunteers
  • Lead volunteer sessions fortnightly April – Oct on a regular day; organise programme of activities in conjunction with Project Manager – including weeding, plug planting, seed sowing, cutting, pruning, coppicing
  • Lead training sessions for volunteers - 6 sessions per year – training in ecology and to act as Three Hagges Wood-Meadow guides
  • Give around six talks a year to local groups to recruit volunteers and inspire local visitors
  • Manage volunteers – risk assessments, complaints procedures, insurance etc
  • Responsible for updating volunteers section of website and social media relating to volunteer activities
  • Attend HWT team meetings as required.

Required Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Excellent skills in: Botanical ID of wildflowers, trees and shrubs
  • Broad knowledge of ecology including bees, butterflies and other invertebrates, birds and small mammals and an understanding of the pyramid from soil up
  • Good horticultural skills: seed gathering, sowing, plug planting
  • Demonstrated ability to keep botanical records and knowledge of Excel
  • Excellent leadership skills – the ability to motivate and encourage team-work and loyalty and manage people
  • Excellent skills in communication and presentation: experience of public speaking and powerpoint; the ability to inspire others
  • Good teaching skills: clear instructions and good communication skills
  • Good ability to work in a team.

Place of work

Three Hagges Wood-Meadow, Escrick, York YO19 6EF

There is a small shed for tea and coffee making and eco-loos adjacent to the site, and we anticipate soon putting up a larger shed to provide shelter and workspace for 15 volunteers.

Education and previous experience

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of botany and wild life, preferably at degree or second degree level and will have had experience of teaching/training as well as of management and/or volunteer leading.

Time commitment

Starting April 2017, this is an 7/8 months a year contract , April - October/November with an average of 13-16 hours per month during which the Manager will set up fortnightly volunteering sessions and 6 training sessions and recruitment talks. They will also be expected to attend most public events at the Wood-Meadow, preferably on a voluntary basis.


This is a seasonal, part-time contract, initial term one year, subject to review, may be renewed at the discretion of the trustees, to a maximum of 3 years.

Fee £15 - £17.50 per hour (c. £1600-£1900 per annum.)

How to apply

Please apply in writing attaching CV to before 27 January 2017. (Tel: 07976 821903)

About Hagge Woods Trust

We are a small and young registered charity number 1151831 (a CIO – Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with a big vision, set up in response to the degradation of our countryside over the past century and addressing the issue on an intimate, community-based, practical level as well as a national, policy level.

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Vision: A wood-meadow in every parish

Values: we will:

  • Nurture the joy and wonder to be found in the biodiversity of nature
  • Be pioneering in our approach and back it up with evidence-based research
  • Share what is being created and what is being discovered and encourage and educate others to create and discover alongside us
  • Be mindful of the length of time it will take to create a Wood-Meadow and commit ourselves to see it through


  • To create a new wood and meadow at the Three Hagges Wood-Meadow site that raises the bar for both beauty and biodiversity in our countryside
  • To assess the added benefits of combining woodland and meadow as ‘wood-meadow’ and what it could deliver for natural capital and the whole range of ecosystem services (including social and cultural)
  • To develop a replicable methodology for creating diverse wood-meadow ecosystems (with all its lesser-known but intricately woven components of plants, animals and organisms) that will inspire and help others to follow suit
  • To educate children & adults, farmers & land owners and government of the importance of wood-meadow to the biodiversity, natural capital and well-being of our local and national environment.

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