RSPB Local Group Facilitator Volunteer – Chesterfield

RSPB

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Volunteer • Part Time

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

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


About the opportunity

Do you have strong organisational skills and the ability to lead and inspire others? Do you want to guide a local group that will make the difference in the local community and nature? Then this exceptional role is for you!

What are we looking for?

We are currently looking for the right individual to facilitate the RSPB Local Group in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The importance of our local groups is crucial for promoting the values and mission of the RSPB in the local communities. You can read more information about the RSPB Chesterfield Local Group here: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/chesterfield  .

Important note: You don't need to be an expert in birds - people skills are much more important for this role.

This role is perfectly suitable for:

  • People who already have experience working with groups, facilitating meetings and group processes
  • For people who want to gain exceptional experience in facilitating groups, as part of their career path and development.
  • People who understand that the crucial environmental challenges of our times require an urgent need for action and want to raise awareness, inspire and make the change on a local level.

The role is expected to commence as soon as possible!

Main responsibilities

  • You will be creative and an out-of-the-box thinker who will encourage the development of a range of inspiring activities, whose main aim will be to nurture stronger links with the local community, raise people’s awareness about environmental conservation and sustainability and attract new group members. The activities can be educational, informative, inspiring, aiming at getting people together and encouraging community building, promoting active participation, and of course, having fun! The possibilities are endless, and you will play a main role in making great things happen.
  • Ensure the smooth running of organised indoor talks evenings and other activities.
  • As a group facilitator you will be leading a group committee (usually 6-10 people); ensuring clearly defined roles and responsibilities of its members; providing support and encouragement as required, maintaining the positive attitude and high levels of motivation and energy of people involved; facilitating smoothly and navigating successfully the group through moments of challenge or tension.
  • Be able to attend a two-day group leaders training workshop at the RSPB headquarters in Bedfordshire within your first year in role.
  • Support the group to deliver successfully a minimum of three committee meetings each year and ensure the completion of all necessary activity and financial reports on an annual basis. Also, you would need to ensure a complete local group annual report and that annual financial return is sent to RSPB HQ annually.
  • Be a reliable main point of contact for your Regional/Country Office and HQ in order to: disseminate any important news updates and messages to the committee and membership; seek guidance/advice where needed; notify the regional office of any changes to the committee.
  • Ensure that the group abides by its constitution and is always in line with RSPB volunteering standards and guidelines. 

Practical Considerations

The skills you need 

  • You will be a great 'people person' with great communication and interpersonal skills - friendly and approachable with the enthusiasm and ability to motivate others and work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different ages. Always assumes positive intent in others.
  • An individual with sound delegation and organisational skills and the ability to be diplomatic and impartial when there are differences, reassuring and positive when there is any disappointment, shows concern for people's well-being, treats others as equals and takes time to celebrate group’s achievements and ensure that volunteers feel recognised and appreciated for their effort and work.
  • Creative, forward thinking, willing to try new things. Open to ideas and suggestions from others, supportive of appropriate new ventures, trust the decisions and expertise of others. Able to identify areas that may need change and implement that change on a right and appropriate manner.
  • Aims for high standards of efficiency, reliability and quality.
  • Computer literate with internet and email access
  • A commitment to the work of the RSPB, eager to inspire people to care about what its values and mission. Always speaks positively about the RSPB and advocates for the RSPB brand.Respects fully the need for confidentiality when dealing with sensitive and confidential information. 
  • Adhere to the RSPB's policies and procedures whilst volunteering. Co-operate with members of staff to achieve the aims of the charity. Accept that ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the charity rests with the charity's Council and Management Board.
  •  Group leaders must be members of the RSPB. 

Your time

Minimum: 15-20 hours a month
Duration: Maximum 5 year term of office
Period: All year round 

What's in it for you? 

  • Perhaps the most rewarding and fulfilling aspect of being an RSPB local group leader is knowing that your work has a great local impact and plays a crucial role in inspiring communities give nature a home. Through your work you will be making a real difference by inspiring your local community get actively involved in our movement to save nature.
  • You can utilise your skills to further develop the group and help ensure the RSPB and the group work together effectively to save nature. This opportunity will offer new challenges that will take your leadership, communication and creative skills even further
  •  You will be an important part of the RSPB, the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe! You will get out outstanding insight into our work. We will provide you with continuous guidance and support so you can build the skills and confidence that will help you carry out your work successfully and become an inspiring leader.
  • This role is an exceptional opportunity to meet many new people, make new friends and expand your local networks.
  • All expenses will be reimbursed where necessary.

How to apply

Please send us an updated CV and a cover letter at kostas.smponias@rspb.org.uk , explaining how your experience, skills and interests matches with the role profile described above. For any enquiries or questions about the role you may contact us at the same email address or call on 07710760352. We are looking forward with great interest to receiving your application soon!

Additional notes

The RSPB is the country's largest wildlife conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home and create a better world for all of us. We also belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. By donating your time, gifts and talents you help us increase our impact and help us save more nature.


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