Volunteer Officer - Hackney Green Gym

The Conservation Volunteers

Hackney, London

Volunteer • Part Time

www.tcv.org.uk gg-hackney@tcv.org.uk 07768421881 Trudi Wilkinson

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why we need you:

The Conservation Volunteers have an opportunity for a Volunteer Leader to help lead our Green Gym sessions in Hackney. This is an excellent opportunity to gain the skills needed for a career in the conservation sector, including project management.

The TCV Green Gym is a unique and exciting initiative to help people become mentally and physically healthier by taking part in outdoor nature conservation activities.

As a Volunteer Leader you will be helping volunteers to engage with and improve their environment, learn about nature conservation and enjoy healthier lifestyles. You will play an integral part in the smooth running of the Green Gym in Hackney, which may include:

  • Pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys, community engagement and liaising with health referral partners, local authorities, and clients.
  • 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, fence repair, general gardening and tree/hedge planting etc.
  • Administration & marketing: Supporting the day to day running of the project including database management, creating newsletters and promotion.

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 First Aid, Project Leadership, Risk Assessment, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups and Mental Health Resilience. Reasonable local travel expenses are covered, and full support and mentoring is provided by the Project Officer. Within each project 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:

This role requires good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the outdoors and the environment, though the emphasis is on developing skills key to you. If you have an interest in gaining practical conservation knowledge, learning about leading groups, community engagement and organising work days, this role is for you.

Acceptance as a Volunteer Leader is subject to satisfactory DBS clearance at the enhanced level.

How much time:

To gain real benefit from the placement please be prepared to commit to a minimum of one to two days a week including Fridays when the practical session runs.

Please contact Trudi Wilkinson on 07768 421 881 or at gg-hackney@tcv.org.uk to discuss the role in more detail and on how to proceed.

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