Visitor Engagement Volunteer


Rye Meads, Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire

Volunteer • Part Time 01992708383 Bryony Tuijl

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why we want you:

We’re looking for friendly enthusiastic people who can help us welcome visitors to our reserve. You do not need to be a birdwatcher or a wildlife expert- what’s important is that you can engage with people and get them enthusiastic about nature.

Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and you’ll be joining a small, friendly team here at Rye Meads.

We strongly believe that nature is for everyone and we are fully committed to helping you with any support you might need to unlock your potential. We are not yet as representative as we would like of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and younger volunteers and we particularly welcome applications that help us address this.

We are accessible by public transport and pay reasonable expenses, making it easy to volunteer here.

In this role you will be the face of the RSPB and you will be:

  • Helping promote the work being undertaken at Rye Meads Nature Reserve to visitors.
  • Ensuring visitors have an excellent day out at Rye Meads by explaining what they can see and do at the reserve.
  • Meeting and talking to visitors including families and children.
  • Telling inspiring stories about nature.
  • Recruiting new members of the RSPB.

Hours and days are organised on a rota with typically 4 half days per month, although we can offer 2 half days (minimum). In addition, your support would be particularly appreciated when we are busy (i.e. school holidays and when we have events running).

What's in it for you:

A chance to volunteer in your community, meeting new people while helping nature at the same time. You will be part of a small and enthusiastic team that have a great team ethic and spirit. This role is particularly rewarding if you like meeting and talking to people and helping to enhance peoples’ lives.

You will be helping to protect some of the UK’s most important species and habitats. In return, we will help you gain skills and valuable insight into our work and ensure you receive appropriate training and support to deliver your role. As part of the role you will build your people engagement skills and help to recruit new RSPB members.

Once you have completed 50 hours you will be eligible to receive a volunteer benefit card with discounts in various shops, plus access to our nationwide thank you events.

You will be reimbursed for any agreed out-of-pocket expenses, such as travelling to the site.

The skills you need:

  • Confidence to strike up conversations with visitors
  • A professional and friendly approach
  • An enthusiasm for wildlife, however you don’t need any detailed knowledge
  • A willingness to learn and undertake training to develop your skills and learn about recruiting new members to the RSPB

Covid-19 note:

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our working practises to ensure that we are operating in a Covid-secure manner. This includes, social distancing, new hygiene regimes and procedures such as wearing facemasks where required.

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