Community Outreach Lead Volunteer

Blackdown Hills AONB and Quantock Hills AONB

Blackdown Hills and Quantock Hills, Somerset

Volunteer • Part Time 07977402399 Samantha Fraser

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Friday, 1st March 2019  


The Blackdown and Quantock Hills are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for their landscape value, including their importance for wildlife, geology and culture. Our teams work to protect and enhance the landscape and provide opportunities for local communities to become involved.

Working with local communities is an integral part of our work and something that we wish to expand this year- with a particular focus on engaging with new audiences and those not normally able to access the Hills.

We currently have a fantastic team of volunteers who support our community outreach work and this year we want to expand our offer to community groups and individuals. We are looking to recruit a volunteer who can work closely alongside the AONBs Volunteer Coordinator to help run a programme of community outreach work across either/both the Quantock and Blackdown Hills AONB areas and surrounding urban areas.

Please note that we are looking for someone over the age of 18 and we will be undertaking an interview process for this role.

What will this role involve?

  • This role will involve supporting and / or taking the lead on community outreach work- with a high proportion of time spent supporting the work of the AONBs Nature and Wellbeing Project. This project, funded by Somerset Public Health, targets communities who are currently not accessing the Hills, but for whom access to the natural environment may be of great benefit to them. The reasons for the current lack of engagement for these groups may be mediated by social-economic status, ethnicity, age, disability and mental health.
  • Working closely with the AONBs Volunteer Coordinator and Nature and Wellbeing Project Officer as well as any other relevant members of AONB staff
  • Planning and delivering high quality outreach work such as AONB stands at events, family activities, guided walks, simple practical conservation tasks using hand tools, large public events, themed sessions for a wide variety of audiences etc.
  • Working with a diverse range of people including volunteers, families, young people and participants supported by the Nature and Wellbeing Project.
  • Leading, in the absence of the AONBs Volunteer Coordinator or Nature and Wellbeing Project Officer, delivery of community outreach activities and volunteer teams supporting the activity
  • Creating resources for outreach activities to be used during delivery
  • Following appropriate health and safety procedures to ensure personal safety and the safety of those taking part in the activity
  • Through the support of the Volunteer Coordinator, assist with the management of the AONB volunteers supporting outreach work
  • Collecting evidence of the work undertaken through different methods such as video, photographs and 121 feedback
  • Harnessing social media networks to promote and celebrate activities and reach beyond our current audience
  • Undertaking appropriate training where necessary such as safeguarding

What are we looking for and commitment?

The following are essential requirements for the volunteer role:

  • Full UK driving licence and own transport
  • Enthusiasm for the natural environment
  • A minimum of two days a month time commitment with a flexible approach to evening and weekend working where appropriate. For example one weekend a month during the summer period.
  • This role will include regular contact with children or vulnerable adults, and may in certain instances require the volunteer to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and some sites without facilities

We are looking for someone with some or all the following skills:

  • Administration and IT skills, including competent use of Microsoft Office
  • Experience of working with and inspiring and enthusing a wide variety of people of all ages and backgrounds about nature and the AONBs
  • Reliable and conscientious with a flexible approach
  • Ability to work on own initiative and cooperatively as part of a team
  • Dynamic and flexible- the ability to take the initiative and problem solve
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated- with the ability to take the lead when working without an AONB member of staff present
  • Attention to detail
  • Diplomatic with good communication and interpersonal skills
  • An understanding of the different barriers preventing people from accessing nature and engaging with the AONBs and their partners
  • Professional approach- able to represent the AONBs to members of the public and its partners
  • Able to follow instructions- particularly relating to health and safety and safeguarding

What’s in it for you?

  • Experience working within the conservation sector with volunteers, members of staff and our AONB partners.
  • Experience of working with AONB partners to deliver activities
  • Experience leading and managing volunteers
  • Experience of leading activities and working with a diverse audience
  • Experience in the planning, delivery and review of activities
  • Experience working in the community engagement sector- with a key focus on delivering sessions which bring a mental and physical benefits to those taking part.
  • Experience in planning, production of and review of resources
  • Opportunity to work in the Blackdown Hills and Quantock Hills AONB
  • Training will be provided:
    • Internal safeguarding training
    • Formal AONB induction
    • Internal risk assessment/ health and safety training
    • Mental health first aid training
    • First aid training at a level suitable for the role
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • References provided

As a volunteer for the AONBs you will have the opportunity to be involved in other aspects of volunteering such a wildlife surveys, attending events, and other work. You will also gain knowledge about how AONBs work to conserve and enhance the landscape as well as invaluable work experience in the environmental sector.


Please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Sammy Fraser, on or 07977 402 399 either to find out more about the role or to apply.

Please mention when responding to this ad.