Volunteer Co-ordinator Lead

Do you have strong organization and leadership skills? Would you be keen to use them to help us with the coordination of one of the most unique nature reserves in the UK? We are looking for a new volunteer member to join our small team to help coordinate the wonderful volunteer workforce at Sherwood Forest.

About the RSPB

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 we’re looking for

Our volunteer coordinators are the central hub of our volunteer operation, managing records, taking people through our recruitment process and supporting the whole team. We need someone to lead on developing and supporting the volunteer programme, ensuring key timescales are met, and working with other team members. This is a responsible post, which will be mostly office based, with plenty of interaction with staff, volunteers and visitors across all works areas at Sherwood. The role will involve many aspects of volunteer coordination such as:
– Updating the volunteer database
– Recording volunteer hours
– Dealing with new enquiries
– Helping deliver inductions
– Processing expenses claims
– Recruitment activity
As the Lead, you may also oversee the activity of other volunteers carrying out these tasks, and, with relevant staff, ensure that KPIs relating to volunteer management are met. We need someone who can commit two full days per week to this role. Some home working may be an option.

The skills you need

– An outgoing personality, good organisational and communication skills, an ability to lead/inspire others and work as part of a team.
– An enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, birds and other wildlife is beneficial but not essential.
– Computer/database/website skills an advantage.

Your time

Minimum: 2 days per week
Duration: Ongoing
Period: All year round

What’s in it for you?

You will be a part of our wider Sherwood team, helping to deliver a great visitor experience and keeping the legend of Robin Hood alive.

You will be given training and support to help you develop your knowledge of the RSPB and the site.

You will have a line manager who can help support you in your role, and who will enable any development you want or need.

You will have the opportunity to build on existing skills, and demonstrate organisational and people management skills.

You will have an RSPB email and access to RSPB systems to enable you to carry out your role, develop your skills and access necessary information.

You will be able to make a real contribution to the operation of one of the RSPBs newest sites, as well as to the many volunteers who work here.

As part of our team you will receive travel expenses, and invites to special events and learning opportunities.

Above all you will help visitors from all over the world make memories in Sherwood, taking home an irreplaceable experience.

How to Apply

Please contact directly:

Kostas Smponias, Volunteer Recruitment Officer

Email kostas.smponias@rspb.org.uk

Tel 01767693777
Mobile 07710760352

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when applying for this job!

Key Information


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




Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate, Mid Level, Postgraduate, Senior


Administration, Communication, Conservation, Environment, Human Resources


Sherwood Forest, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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