Volunteer Co-ordinator

The Beach Clean Network

Bude, Cornwall

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.beachclean.net andrea@2minute.org

Sectors: marine conservation, environmental policy & campaigning, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 23rd September 2019   7 days left

JOB TITLE: Volunteer Co-ordinator
JOB PERIOD: Initial 1 Year Fixed Contract
BASED: Bude, Cornwall
HOURS: Minimum 3 days per week (TBC)

The Beach Clean Network is a not for profit based in Bude, Cornwall that is in the process of becoming a charity. We run the global #2minutebeachclean campaign and manage a network of over 750 litter picking stations in the UK and Ireland. We have recently received grant funding to enable us to recruit an experienced Volunteer Co-ordinator for an initial 12-month period to create and manage a trial network of 20-30 volunteer Guardian Angels in the south west of England.

The Guardian Angels will be responsible for the local management and upkeep of our litter picking stations, keeping them topped up with pickers and reusable bags, making sure they are in good condition, gathering marine waste for recycling and acting as our representatives locally, as well as organising events, providing outreach and education about plastics in the marine environment.

The Volunteer Co-ordinator will be based in Bude and will be responsible for writing our volunteering policies, recruiting the Angels from our growing online community, kitting them out, organising training days and generally ensuring they are well taken care of and happy as well as supporting them in organising #2minute campaign events. The co-ordinator will report to the project manager. The role is largely office based – in Bude, Cornwall - but some travel may be necessary from time to time. As such a full, clean current driving licence is essential. Some evening and weekend work may also be required. Please refer to the Person Specification section for further details.

We are an environmental organisation and therefore expect candidates to have a basic understanding of marine litter issues, the current state of UK recycling and general environmental practice. Becoming part of our team will involve becoming an environmental activist!

We see this role as a vital part of our development and will be seeking extended funding to expand our network to cover the whole of the UK and Ireland once the trial is successfully completed. As such we are seeking someone who will be able to grow with us, who can help shape our future, will muck in when required, can bring ideas and enthusiasm to our office and is genuinely interested in coming along with us on a unique journey as we endeavour to clean up the world’s oceans, two minutes at a time.

Duties include:

  • Recruiting a network of volunteers across the south west of the UK
  • Managing and supporting the volunteers throughout the year
  • Distributing, organising and managing litter picking kit
  • Working with our manufacturer to organise upkeep of boards
  • Managing budgets for kit, transport and training
  • Creating and managing volunteer and health and safety policies and protocols
  • Organising and running training days for volunteers
  • Helping to create educational resources for volunteers to use
  • Liaising with social media specialists, web designers and PR to share progress
  • Working with local authorities, landowners and contractors to remove beach litter
  • Mucking in and helping with other campaigns and day to day work where necessary

Person Specification



  • Full, clean, current UK driving licence (and access to own vehicle)


  • Degree in an environmental science or closely allied discipline or equivalent work experience
  • Current First Aid at Work certificate



  • Awareness of litter problems, plastic pollution, sustainability, waste reduction, re-use initiatives and recycling
  • Experience of managing project budgets
  • Proficient in use of technology and social media, with experience of working with Microsoft Office
  • Experience of writing project reports


  • Experience of successfully recruiting, training, co-ordinating and managing volunteers
  • Experience of writing volunteer information packs and developing related policies
  • Knowledge of health and safety issues and familiarity with writing and adhering to risk assessments
  • Experience in creation of publicity and advertising materials
  • Experience of public speaking and preparing presentations
  • Experience of organising public engagement events
  • Experience of writing grant applications



  • Ability to work individually, as well as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills, both in writing and orally
  • Ability to motivate and inspire volunteers
  • Accuracy and attention detail in all aspects of work
  • Good time management and ability to prioritise workload

Please send a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) which you should use to demonstrate how you meet the requirements listed in the person specification, together with your CV (with the details of two referees, one of whom must be for your most recent employer) to: Andrea Harvey via email: andrea@2minute.org 

Closing date for applications: Monday 23 September 2019 at 9am

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