Volunteer Officer

The Royal Parks

Regent’s Park or Hyde Park, London (with extensive travel to other Royal Parks)
£27,801 - £33,727 pa, depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 20th June 2021   7 days left

About Us

Created in March 2017, The Royal Parks is a charity that supports and manages 5,000 acres of historic and precious parkland across London. Millions of Londoners and tourists visit our beautiful sites, which offer unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of the capital, as well as a refuge for nature.

We look after eight of London’s largest open spaces; Hyde Park, The Green, Richmond, Greenwich, St James’s, Bushy and The Regent’s Parks, and Kensington Gardens. We also manage other important open spaces in the capital including Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Poet’s Corner.

We are now seeking a Volunteer Officer to join our Programmes, Volunteering and Conservation Team on a full-time basis, working 36 hours per week.

The Benefits

  • Salary of £27,801 - £33,727 per annum, depending on experience
  • 26 days annual leave pro rata plus public holidays
  • Pension scheme

This is an exciting opportunity for a volunteer officer with experience in managing and training volunteers to join us as we move into the next stage of our Volunteering Strategy (2021-2026) and 5-year action plan.

You will play an important role in helping us grow our volunteer programme so we can continue to provide beautiful green spaces to Londoners, tourists and the fauna & flora that call the parks home. We are committed to tackling the increasing challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, and this role will be vital in achieving this. You will be working in some of the best green spaces that London has to offer alongside a passionate and friendly team of staff and volunteers.

The Role

As a Volunteer Officer, you will help support the development and implementation of Volunteer Rangers into the central parks alongside multiple other volunteer programmes, including conservation and horticulture focussed opportunities. In this role, you will help recruit, train and manage the volunteers. You will plan and deliver high-quality volunteer days and will develop volunteering opportunities that help build resilience in biodiversity, sustainability and landscape across Royal Parks.

You will champion volunteering best practice, inclusivity and diversity across the organisation, develop volunteer resources and ensure the appropriate support and training is in place for volunteers, partners and the staff who manage volunteers.

Additionally, you will:

  • Work with the Volunteer and Programmes Manager to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate other volunteer projects and programmes
  • Write volunteer role descriptions, work plans, policies and robust risk assessments
  • Ensure appropriate and accurate data on volunteers and associated activities are recorded
  • Be aware of safeguarding children and adults at risk, and follow guidelines at all times

About You

To join us as a Volunteer Officer, you will need:

  • Proven experience of working with, managing, and training volunteers, especially community, visitor engagement, conservation and horticultural volunteers
  • Experience in supporting volunteer programmes or supporting the development of volunteering across an organisation
  • Experience in developing and delivering successful volunteer projects and programmes and working with partners
  • In depth knowledge and practical skills in conservation, park, horticulture or nature reserve management
  • Awareness of equality and diversity, health and safety and safeguarding
  • Excellent presentation skills and be able to deliver volunteer sessions regularly to a consistently high standard
  • Commitment to The Royal Parks’ values of being accountable, excellent, inclusive, open and respectful
  • Relevant degree in Nature Sciences, Conservation, Ecology or a similar subject, or equivalent experience in a relevant subject area
  • A flexible approach to work including significant evening and weekend working
  • A valid and current clean UK driving licence

Experience of competing demands delivering a visitor service in a parks setting and experience of managing budgets and of delivering, reporting and evaluating projects would be beneficial.

Excellent operational use of Microsoft Office, CRM systems and other IT solutions to support the planning, delivery and evaluation of the volunteer programme would also be advantageous.

A First Aid Certificate would also be favourable.

Please note, because this job may involve working with young people and adults at risk, we will ask you to complete an Enhanced DBS check. You must tell us in your application if you have any convictions, bind-overs or cautions, even if they are spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Please note that disclosing a conviction does not necessarily bar you from appointment.

Other organisations may call this role Volunteer Services Co-ordinator, Volunteer Co-ordinator, or Volunteer Development Co-ordinator.

Webrecruit and The Royal Parks are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as a Volunteer Officer, please apply via the button shown where you will be asked to complete the application form detailing how your skills and experience meet key essential competencies in the person specification. As well as submit a copy of your CV.

The closing date for this opportunity is the 20th June 2021.

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