Voluntary Officer

West Hampstead Independent Green Gym

West Hampstead, London

Volunteer • Part Time

tcv.org.uk j.squires@tcv.org.uk 07740 899689 James Squires

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why we need you:

West Hampstead Green Gym has been independent of TCV for nearly a year and the volunteers are now gaining confidence in running their own local community group. The Green Gym currently has an exciting opportunity for a Volunteer Officer (VO) to help lead Friday practical volunteering sessions. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain the skills and experience required to secure employment in the environment sector.

As a Volunteer Officer you will be helping volunteers to engage with and improve their local environment, learn about nature conservation and enjoy healthier lifestyles. You will play an integral part in the smooth running of the independent Green Gym in West Hampstead, including:

  • Practical nature conservation and leadership: Leading and assisting groups of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds on project days to complete conservation tasks such as sowing wildflowers, tree care, wildlife surveys, invasive species removal and dead hedge creation etc.
  • Administration experience: pre-project planning, updating spreadsheets, updating social media, contributing to stakeholder reports and the creation of site maps etc.
  • Buddying less able volunteers with support and assistance. We work with many people with mental health issues, social issues and disabilities; you could play a part in their road to recovery and reintegration.

Benefits to you:

Our leadership programme is second to none and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital to land a paid position working in the environmental or community sector. A full training package is provided including Emergency First Aid, Project Leadership, Risk Assessment, and Safeguarding. Reasonable travel expenses are covered and support and mentoring is provided by West Hampstead independent Green Gym’s members, as well as from the project’s former TCV Project Officer. There is scope for you to tailor the role to your requirements; you can have a positive influence on the project’s development.

What you need:

An enthusiasm for the outdoors and the environment. If you have an interest in gaining practical conservation skills, learning about leading groups, community engagement and organising work days, this role is for you.

How much time:

To gain real benefit from the placement please be prepared to commit to a minimum of two days a week, including Fridays.

Acceptance as a Volunteer Officer is subject to satisfactory Enhanced level DBS clearance.

How to apply.

Please send a CV or email to: j.squires@tcv.org.uk and we'll arrange an informal chat to discuss the role further.

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