RSPB Loughborough Local Group Leader

About the opportunity

Are you a great ‘people person’? Do you have well honed people management and organisational skills and the ability to inspire others? Do you want to make the difference in the local community? Then we are looking forward to hearing from you!

About the RSPB Midlands

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) was founded in 1889 and is the largest nature conservation charity in the UK and in Europe. Through the delivery of successful conservation initiatives and powerful partnerships, RSPB works consistently to promote the conservation of birds and wider wildlife, protect their natural habitats and to inspire everyone to stand up and give nature the home it deserves.

The Midlands region spans 14 counties, covering most of the East and West Midlands government regions. More than 9 million people live in the region, the majority in large cities and market towns.

The area is essentially rural but includes some of England’s best-known and well-loved landscapes such as the Cotswolds, Malvern Hills, Welsh Marches, Sherwood Forest and parts of the Peak District. The region is dissected by several rivers, including parts of the Avon, Severn, and Trent where a number of wetland restoration projects are underway.

Conservation priorities for this region include the continuing efforts to reverse the declines in a range of threatened farmland bird species, and we are also looking at ways to benefit our much-loved garden birds.

The region has a small complement of nature reserves including Coombes Valley, Churchwood, Otmoor and Sandwell Valley and we are looking to increase this number with new reserves in development at Middleton Lakes near Birmingham and Langford Lowfields in the Trent Valley.

Counties covered:

  • Buckinghamshire
  •  Derbyshire
  • Herefordshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Rutland
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Warwickshire
  • West Midlands
  • Worcestershire

What are we looking for?

RSPB local groups are run by volunteers to promote the aims of the RSPB in the local community. They offer RSPB members and the public the opportunity to get more involved in our work to save nature. Groups run activities like indoor talks and outdoor walks. They fundraise and campaign for the RSPB and attend local community events to inspire people to support the RSPB.

We’re looking for the right individual to lead the Loughborough Local Group. Importantly you don’t need to be an expert in birds – people skills are much more important for this role.

Main Responsibilities

  • To lead the group and encourage the development of a range of activities designed to encourage wide participation from the group membership and to attract new group members.
  • Attend a two day group leaders training workshop at our headquarters in Bedfordshire within your first year in role.
  • Ensure the group has a minimum of three committee meetings each year; ensure the AGM business includes an annual report of activities, a financial report and elections to the committee; set, or approve, the agenda for committee meetings and for the AGM; ensure there is always someone from the group who takes responsibility for introducing guest speakers at indoor talks evenings
  • Ensure a completed local group annual report and annual financial return is sent to RSPB HQ annually. Lead the group committee (usually 6-10 people); ensure each committee member has clearly defined roles and responsibilities; provide support and encouragement as required; manage any situations where a committee member has to resign at short notice.
  • Maintain a two way communication with 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 follows its constitution and abides by the advice/guidelines in the RSPB Handbook for Volunteers

Practical Considerations

The skills you need

  • A great ‘people person’ with good 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 excellent leader of people with sound delegation and organisational skills and the ability to be diplomatic and impartial when there are differences, and reassuring and positive when there is disappointment. Shows concern for people’s well being, treats others as equals and takes time to ensure group volunteers feel recognised and appreciated for work well done.
  • Creative, forward thinking, willing to try new things. Open to ideas and suggestions from others, supportive of appropriate new ventures that the committee may wish to pursue, trusts the decisions and expertise of others. Able to identify areas that may need change, implementing change in a sensitive 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 and supportive of the Saving Nature Strategy, eager to inspire people to care about what the RSPB is trying to achieve. Always speaks positively about the RSPB and advocates for the RSPB brand.
  • Respects the need for confidentiality when dealing with confidential information.
  • Adhere to the RSPB’s policies and procedures whilst volunteering and 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

  • A minimum commitment of 15-20 hours a month
  • A duration of maximum 5 year term of office
  • Period: All year round

What’s in it for you?

You’ll get to meet new people and make new friends! You can utilise your skills to further develop the group and help ensure the RSPB and the group work together effectively to save nature. As leader you could use the opportunity to take on a new challenge for the group and flex your leadership and/or creative muscles. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of being a local group leader is knowing that you’re really making a difference in inspiring others to help save nature.

The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to Apply

Please contact:

Kostas Smponias, Volunteer Recruitment Offiecer, Midlands Regional Office

Tel: 07710760352

Please mention when applying for this job!

Key Information


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Midlands Region


Fixed Term


Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate, Mid Level, Postgraduate, Senior


Administration, Biodiversity, Communication, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Fundraising


Loughborough, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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