Community and Volunteer Development Officer


Sandwell Valley Reserve, Birmingham
£17,276 - £18,715 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 0121 357 7395 Vivien Jones

Reference: A0290417

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sandwell Valley is a wildlife oasis nature reserve in an urban setting. The beautiful landscape of lakes, wetlands and woodland is filled with birds, bees and amphibians. There are trails, wildlife viewing facilities and natural play opportunities for our visitors. The Sandwell Valley team of 6 staff and over 100 volunteers manage the nature reserve for wildlife and visitors.

About the Community and Volunteer Development Officer Role

We are looking for someone to drive forward our community engagement work. The focus is on developing sustainability in the work area, as the Community and Volunteering Development Officer role is HLF funded and finishes in April 2019.

You will be responsible for recruiting and managing a team of dedicated volunteers to deliver community engagement activities. Excellent leadership skills are required to give the volunteers support and direction. Your volunteer team will develop and deliver a programme of community engagement activities to inspire local people to discover nature and the RSPB. There is a particular focus on working with hard to reach audiences, in particular young people.

You will support the Community Forum - a group made up of interested people from the local community who input to the reserve development and community engagement work. You will provide them with motivation and guidance on RSPB direction and policy. The forum are responsible for guiding our community work, coming up with innovative and creative new ways for us to reach more people. You will relay this work to the rest of the staff team incorporating their suggestions into the wider reserve activities.

You will work closely with the Visitor Experience Officer to manage the Connecting People and Nature Intern. You will be an excellent mentor and guide, helping the intern achieve their full potential.

Supporting the volunteering processes at the reserve, you will help identify volunteer roles that are required assist team members in their volunteer recruitment needs. Your excellent organisational skills will help you keep track of where the different volunteer vacancies are advertised. You will be a role model for volunteering best practice and coordinate volunteer thank you events.

You will enjoy engaging with a range of people, such as when answering public and professional enquiries while representing the RSPB. You will be the Duty Manager for the visitor centre by being the first aider and responsible person on-site one weekend per month and some weekdays. Working other weekend days and evenings is sometimes required to run community engagement events.

About You

The role requires an excellent communicator and leader who is experienced in working with volunteers. The ideal candidate will have managed volunteers and enjoys working as part of a close multi functional team. Planning, strategic thinking, communication and delegation will be important to ensure the success of the role objectives.

This role involves engaging with a diverse range of audiences, so you will have experience working with people from varied backgrounds, including young people. You will be motivated by meeting new people and inspiring them with wildlife and conservation. You will have the ability to make our work relevant to varied audiences, some of whom don't regularly visit green spaces.

We are passionate about wildlife and conservation. We are looking for someone who is equally passionate. You will be motivated by changing hearts and minds and helping the RSPB save nature.

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