Volunteer Seabird Interpreter, Bempton Cliffs

RSPB

Bempton, Bridlington

Volunteer • Part Time

www.rspb.org.uk sarah.aitken@rspb.org.uk 01262 422213 Sarah Aitken

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, marine conservation

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Why we want you

With over 100,000 visitors a year, Bempton Cliffs is a very busy reserve. We need live interpreters so that visitors can meet a friendly face out and about on the reserve; helping visitors to identify wildlife and point them in the right direction. We also need you to report back your sightings to the Seabird Centre, so that visitors have an idea of the wildlife they may encounter on the reserve. This role serves to enhance the experience visitors have on the reserve and encourages return visits.

What’s in it for you?

  • The opportunity to spend your days out on the sea cliffs surrounded by up to a quarter of a million nesting seabirds
  • The chance to pass on your passion for nature to enthuse others
  • An opportunity to be part of the country’s largest nature conservation charity
  • The opportunity to become part of a friendly, supportive team
  • Regular line management support
  • Opportunities to use and develop skills and personal initiative
  • Training in the safe use of all relevant equipment
  • References if appropriate

The skills you need

Essential

  • Approachable, with a friendly demeanour
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time in all weather
  • A desire to help people and exceed expectations through excellent customer care
  • Confidence to initiate conversations with and talk to members of the public
  • Enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation
  • Ability to communicate well and listen
  • Willingness to learn and relay accurate information (which will be provided)
  • Willingness to undertake appropriate training and personal development

Desirable

  • Be confident in dealing with tricky situations
  • Knowledge of how to use a telescope correctly and efficiently
  • Love of the outdoors
  • Knowledge of some RSPB work and a familiarity with Bempton Cliffs
  • First Aid certificate
  • Own transport
  • Some knowledge of Bempton Cliffs wildlife (particularly seabirds)
  • Experience of working with the public

Please note that this role is not for the faint-hearted. You need to be fit, able to stand for long periods of time in all weathers, should be a quick learner and comfortable with using optical equipment efficiently (training will be provided). Applicants must be over 18 years old and able to work without a chaperone.


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