Job Description

This exciting role will be responsible for providing central support for our network of fantastic RSPB youth groups across the UK. The successful candidate will provide direction, coordination and support for country staff who manage our volunteer youth group leaders locally.

This role will be a respected source of leadership, providing advice, guidance and support for UK youth groups, by working through the country leads and youth officers, to ensure our groups and their leaders have the skills needed to develop and deliver a programme of on-brand, high-quality activities, that support the RSPB’s strategic outcomes.

This role is ultimately about supporting our volunteers to give young people inspirational experiences of nature and helping to nurture a love for wildlife, whilst also equipping them with the skills and confidence to bring about real and practical change, for the benefit of the natural world.

Key responsibilities for this role include:

  • creating guidance documents for staff and volunteers
  • overseeing the Leaders guidance and resources hub, ensuring it remains up to date and relevant to volunteers
  • recruitment, induction and management of functional volunteers
  • reviewing volunteer training requirements and developing and maintaining leader training packages
  • developing and implementing a communications plan to support leaders and to raise the profile of youth groups within the RSPB
  • creating a promotional plan to promote the groups externally to a diverse range of audiences
  • maintain central monitoring of youth group compliance
  • supporting UKHQ and country staff to identify the contribution youth groups can make to the RSPB’s wider work
  • monitoring and evaluating standards to ensure all youth group volunteers receive an excellent volunteering experience

We are looking for somebody who has an eye for detail but is also able to help deliver big changes, as we look to really grow the impact of our youth groups, both for young people and for nature.

What we need from you:

  • Strong organisational skills
  • Experience of developing influential communications
  • Experience of promoting activities
  • Experience of creating reports
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of creating resources for young people
  • A strong understanding of the needs of families, young people and volunteers
  • Knowledge of safeguarding best practice.

This is a Part-Time role working 30 hours per week.

For all application/role enquiries please contact – Martyn Foster (Head of Education, Families and Youth) –

Please note that you will be required to complete an application form where you will have the opportunity to tell us why you are best suited for this role.

This role can be home-based with the occasional face-to-face meetings across the UK.

Before applying to this role we would recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of our advert on our careers page.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and will require a DBS check.

For more information:

Deadline: 23:59, 06 February 2022