Work Party Leader (Cornwall Reserves)


Marazion and Hayle, Cornwall

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

We are looking for a Work Party Leader to join us on our reserves at Marazion Marsh and Hayle Estuary. RSPB reserves are special places for people and wildlife. We need volunteers to help keep the habitats, paths, benches and fences in good shape. This rewarding role offers the chance to meet new people and make a positive impact for nature.

Right across the UK the RSPB manages woodlands and wetlands, heathlands and meadows. It might seem like these wild places have always just been there, but quite often we have to work really hard to maintain habitats to be in the best condition for wildlife. We want to make sure they are special for people too. We rely on volunteers to undertake practical work that keeps the habitats in good shape and to help maintain public access and infrastructure.

As a Work Party Leader you play a crucial role in ensuring that our volunteer group undertakes the right work at the right time, and does this safely. You are the friendly face, the motivator, and the one that ensures the work is done whilst having fun at the same time!

Working closely with the Assistant Warden, you will follow an annual work programme which varies with the seasons, and will act as the 'go-between' between the work party and wardens to ensure work is completed efficiently and safely across the reserves.

As a Work Party Leader Volunteer you will:

  • Follow an annual management plan and work with the site manager to plan work party activities.
  • Ensure all the tools and equipment needed for a work party are available and in good condition.
  • Follow relevant health and safety protocols and codes of practice to ensure work is carried out safely.
  • Ensure all volunteers understand the task and how to complete it safely.
  • Welcome and induct new volunteers.
  • Be the main point of contact for volunteers throughout the work party session and give direction and support as needed.

Full training and support will be provided but we are looking for people with skills and experience in the following areas:


  • Leadership skills.
  • Excellent listener and communicator.
  • Willingness to direct a team of people so that they feel fully informed, supported and included.
  • May require some diplomacy skills on occasion.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Well organised and methodical in approach.
  • Be comfortable reading and implementing risk assessment requirements.


  • Some previous experience in practical work may be beneficial, however the work party leader we are looking for acknowledges the different perspectives thoughts and ideas within the team, and encourages an open and collaborative approach to problem-solving.

You do not need to be a wildlife or nature expert to do this role.

If you enjoy being outdoors, meeting new people and hands on conservation work, then this role could be the perfect opportunity for you. This role involves a considerable amount of physical activity, and you'll be working in all weathers and in challenging ground conditions, so it's great for your fitness and mental health. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a genuine contribution to nature conservation, and making a difference to the volunteering experience of other people. You will be helping others to succeed, especially as you induct and train volunteers who are looking to gain skills, which can be extremely rewarding.

We are a friendly and supportive team. If you are volunteering to learn new skills and gain knowledge about wildlife conservation work, you will find that our team and the experienced Leaders that you will be joining will be more than happy to help you on that journey.

Work parties run 10am-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays September to March, reducing to shorter hours on one day only April to August. Team leaders are required for additional time either side of these hours for loading/unloading kit, and will be required for occasional meetings on Mondays. With three Work Party Leaders you are unlikely to need to attend both days each week, but general availability on these days is essential to spread the workload between Leaders and cover any absences. We ask for a commitment of at least one day a week, for a minimum of 6 months due to training and clothing/equipment requirements.

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