Community Engagement Assistant

RSPB Midlands Region

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Volunteer • Part Time

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

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


About the opportunity

Are you passionate about Sherwood and the RSPB? Do you want a flexible role that enables you to talk about nature, engage others and represent the RSPB? We are looking for people who can deliver talks to community groups and attend community events to represent Sherwood Forest, and build the support that will preserve our forest for the future. 

What are we looking for?

Community outreach and engagement is important for the success of our reserves. By building relationships with the local community and visitors, we better understand the people that use the reserves so we know how what to deliver. It is also important to tell people about who we are and why we're doing conservation on their doorstep.

You will visit community groups and RSPB local groups in the wide vicinity of Sherwood Forest to give talks about the RSPB and our work at Sherwood Forest. You will help to develop and promote community activities at Sherwood Forest, to increase engagement with nature activities, walks and events. You will attend seek out and attend community events and activities outside of Sherwood Forest to represent the RSPB and pass on our messages. You will be a key part of our important work to give nature a home by showing people the work we do nationally, internationally, and where our communities live and work, and how they can be a part of it. 

Practical Considerations

What will you do?

You will visit community groups and RSPB local groups in the wide vicinity of Sherwood Forest to give talks about the RSPB and our work at Sherwood Forest. You will help to develop and promote community activities at Sherwood Forest, to increase engagement with nature activities, walks and events. You will attend seek out and attend community events and activities outside of Sherwood Forest to represent the RSPB and pass on our messages. You will be a key part of our important work to give nature a home by showing people the work we do nationally, internationally, and where our communities live and work, and how they can be a part of it. This is a flexible role that may be shared between several people, meaning the time commitment will be variable, and much of your role can be carried out online and from home or community venues. Talks can be during the day or evening, and are generally around 45 minutes.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will be a part of our wider Sherwood team and the RSPB, helping to spread our messages and building support for the future.
  • You will be given training and support to help you develop your knowledge of the RSPB and the site.
  • You will have the chance to work in different communities and with different groups, sharing your interests, and with a flexible approach to suit you.
  • You will have a line manager who can help support you in your role, and who will enable any development you want or need.
  • As part of our team you will receive travel expenses, and invites to special events and learning opportunities.

The skills you need

  • To be confident in speaking to people and groups, setting up presentation equipment and in knowledge about the work of the RSPB and Sherwood - we can help you with this. 
  • To be passionate about conservation, and care about engaging people with nature.

Your time

Minimum: One day per week
Duration: Ongoing
Period: All year round


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