Events and Activities Coordinator


Arne, Wareham, Dorset
£26,379 - £28,319 pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 21st July 2024   5 days left

We are looking for someone to lead and develop a mixed team of paid staff and volunteers to deliver an exceptional and profitable events programme at RSPB Arne.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Visitor Operations Manager to develop an annual events programme and ensure smooth day-to-day delivery of all events, activities and volunteer-led educational visits. 

RSPB Arne is a flagship reserve and offers a huge opportunity to engage people and to gain their vital support which is much needed in order to continue and grow the conservation work of the RSPB. This post will allow you to make a big impact on nature conservation by both raising awareness of current conservation issues and by generating income for the RSPB. It would particularly suit someone from a commercial events management background.

About RSPB Arne

RSPB Arne is a beautiful site consisting of a patchwork of habitats. Although famous for its dry and wet lowland heath you can also find ancient oak woodland, farmland, reedbed, mudflats, scrub, wet woodland, acid grassland and even sandy beaches. Spanning over 600 hectares, this mix of habitats is one of the reasons that Arne is home to such a huge variety of species. The lowland heathland offers homes for reptiles and rare insects and Arne remains one of the few places in the UK where all six of the UK's native reptiles can be found. It is a stunning place in Poole Harbour and within the Dorset Area of Natural Beauty.


  • Flexi-time and time off in lieu
  • 34 days annual leave (including bank holidays)pro-rata
  • Annual volunteer day with the RSPB or another charity
  • 4 weeks paid sabbatical for every 5 years of service
  • 20% discount at all RSPB retail outlets
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Free access to the RSPB Employee Assistance Programme

What we need from you:

*Although experience in a similar role is desirable, we actively encourage anybody who believes that they have the required transferrable skills to apply for this role. We’re after the right person. If you don’t quite hit all the criteria, but still hit the majority, you should still apply

  • Able to organise and deliver high-quality, commercial public events and activities program
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite, Facebook, X and Instagram
  • Able to manage workload and deliver against KPIs 
  • Able to maintain standards and consistency in excellent service delivery at all times
  • Excellent team player
  • Understanding of, and ability to demonstrate inclusive working practices in relation to events delivery
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire others including a mixed team of paid staff and volunteers
  • Able to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines while progressing a range of priorities simultaneously
  • Able to build and maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders


  • Commercial events management
  • An understanding of brand and the importance of brand led activities in a large organisation
  • Experience delivering visitor events in a nature reserve or similar
  • Be a car driver with a full driving licence valid for use in the UK, and have access to a vehicle 

This is a part-time role for 30 hours per week. This will include weekends, evenings, early mornings, and Bank Holidays. Some hybrid working may be possible and this will be discussed with the successful candidate. 

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 5th August 2024. For further information, please contact [email protected]

As part of this application process, you will be asked to complete an application form detailing the evidence of how you meet the criteria set above.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people on nature's side and more diverse people. People of colour and disabled people are underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sectors. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant must have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK to be offered an employment contract.

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