Community Engagement Volunteer

Groundwork Leeds


Volunteer • Part Time 0113 4680972 Stuart Alexander

Sectors: sustainability, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 31st August 2018  

Want to do something hands-on and based predominantly outdoors? Want to support a great environmental community charity at the same time as getting some fantastic skills to improve your CV? Join Groundwork’s communities team.

We want your help to support the Communities Team in the preparation and delivery of community projects and activities including consultation and community engagement events.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • To support staff to plan and organise work with community groups around a range of environmental and regeneration projects in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.
  • To design and distribute leaflets advertising events and activities to groups, schools, groups, clubs and organisations.
  • To help deliver our Urban Rangers scheme aimed at encouraging young people to look after their local area through activities like bulb planting, litterpicking and other environmentally themed tasks.
  • To support the delivery of practical projects at off-site venues (such as parks, open spaces, school grounds, nature reserves and play areas etc) with Communities staff.
  • To liaise with partner organisations, community groups and individuals involved in our projects.
  • To support community consultation events, fairs, festivals, corporate volunteering events and other activities which bring together different sectors of the community.
  • To help with publicising and coordinating community events and activities.
  • Pre-project planning like risk assessment reviews, site surveys

Benefits to you:

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital to achieving a paid position working in the environmental or community sector.
References for future jobs can be requested.
Travel expenses up to £5 per day are reimbursed, along with up to £2 per day lunch allowance.
Full support and mentoring is provided by the Project Officer and volunteer coordinator.
There is scope for you to tailor the role to your requirements – you can even get involved in session planning, risk assessments, and leading a session if you would like to, but this is not essential.

What you need:

Essential to this role are excellent communication / people skills and an enthusiasm for the outdoors and the environment. If you have an interest in gaining practical conservation skills, learning about community engagement this role is for you.

This position will require a full DBS Clearance (formerly CRB) as it involves working with children and vulnerable adults, which we can provide. This role is based at our office in Morley, Leeds with some travel throughout Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees with Groundwork staff.


To gain real benefit from the placement please be prepared to commit to between one and three days per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. The day(s) are negotiable, but no help is required on a Friday. A typical day would be 9:30-4:00, but again this is flexible based upon what you can offer and what projects you’d like to get involved in.

We work across Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, and Kirklees helping communities to find practical solutions to the challenges they face. We re-connect people with nature and transform whole neighbourhoods. Step by step we’ll go on changing places and changing lives until everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong enough to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential.

Download the application form from our website here.

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