Storyteller for Nature

RSPB

Birmingham

Volunteer • Part Time

www.rspb.org.uk kostas.smponias@rspb.org.uk 07710760352 Kostas Smponias

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Do you want to apply your digital storytelling skills and have a positive impact in saving nature? If the answer is yes, then we have many stories waiting for you to unearth.  

What we're looking for 

Whether it is in nature reserves, sites or offices, RSPB volunteers have unnumbered stories to tell. Recording these stories and sharing them with public means that we save a great deal of lessons learnt and experiences that otherwise would go unseen. Also, sharing those stories will underline the amazing work that our volunteers do to save nature and their importance for the delivery of our work. What can we learn from their stories and experiences? How can we give them a voice and communicate them in such an exciting way, so that more people can feel inspired and motivated to join our movement to give nature the home it deserves? We need someone with skills and passion in digital storytelling to help us collect these stories and share them with the wider public. This exceptional volunteering role will give you the opportunity to connect with, and learn from numerous RSPB conservation projects and people. Your work and contribution will play a major role in helping RSPB inspire more people about its amazing work and increase its outreach to wider audiences. We are looking for someone to: 

Seek out stories about volunteering and RSPB projects.

  • Write up these stories and develop a “bank” of stories. A digital storytelling may vary depending on skills and experience, from simple written texts with or without photos, to videos and small documentaries and other multimedia and artistic means. It is up to you how far you want to go and how creative you want to be! 
  • Work alongside with a volunteer photographer to take images to go with the story or find images on RSPB database (unless you love photography and feel happy to carry out this task as well). Ensure correct permissions are obtained for images and content.
  •  Use the collected material to create articles and blogs.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Manager to plan how to communicate successfully those stories to the public via the RSPB social networks.

The skills you need

You don't need to be a professional journalist or a multimedia expert for this role. Most importantly, you'll need is a strong motivation and interest in digital storytelling and the work and mission of RSPB. Also, it is important that you have the will and passion to think creatively and “out of the box” to make the difference for nature. Also, you would be: 

  • A people person, approachable, open and friendly personality, keen to meet new people.
  • Able to actively listen to others.
  • Able to communicate well both verbally and in writing.
  • Able to use your initiative and work independently when needed.
  • Able to organize own workload.
  • A person with strong work ethic.
  • Able to think and work creatively.
  • Persistent.
  • Keen to travel in various RSPB sites.
  • Able to work flexibly.
  • A person with attention to detail.
  • A person with good level of computer literacy. 

Your time

You wouldn't need more than few hours a month. The time commitment can be flexible and tailored to your needs and it can be decided upon discussion with the responsible staff member. We are happy to discuss possibilities with you.

Transport details

Ideally we are looking for someone who is willing to travel to our regional office every now and then, but it is a role that can be done from home. Occasional travels might be required and all expenses will be reimbursed. 

What's in it for you?

This role will give you the opportunity to develop significantly your writing and communications skills. Also, through this experience you may have the opportunity to develop your knowledge in wildlife and practical conservation. This is a fantastic opportunity particularly for those interested in blog and article writing, arts and design, conservation and ecology. You will be part of a friendly and dedicated team which will give you the training, support and experience to build your confidence to carry out your tasks. You'll also get: - training on CV writing and interview techniques - access to RSPB internal vacancies - a dedicated mentor will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the activity. Our volunteering opportunities are designed to support individuals grow personally and professionally. However, this doesn't guarantee, unfortunately, a future employment with the RSPB.

How to apply 

Please contact:
Kostas Smponias, Volunteer Recruitment Officer, Midlands Regional Office
Email: Kostas.Smponias@rspb.org.uk
Mobile: 07710760352, Tel: 01767 693777


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