Volunteer Engagement Officer
Role Description: Key Responsibilities and Tasks
- Set up and run an active, regular volunteer work party, within the catchment to help deliver surveys, gather data, support events and promote the project both in their localities and across the catchment with the objective of reconnecting communities with the water environment
- Develop working relations and partnerships with a diverse range of organisations and businesses to recruit people to the volunteer work party and promote nature connection as a viable and useful tool for people to reconnect to the water environment to maintain and improve health and wellbeing
- Develop and maintain good relations with land owners and land managers, such as the ‘Friends of…’ groups to facilitate access to the River Yeo and its tributaries and existing and new green spaces to carry out management and a range of other activities such as social and educational events, monitoring and evaluation
- Organise and run public and community events that aim to connect people to their green space and the water environment to realise multiple benefits
- Help to develop and deliver opportunities in schools and higher education to deliver class based and practical education sessions for pupils and students to improve their understanding and appreciation of the natural world, provide opportunities for advanced study and project/thesis work
- Help to develop and deliver a robust, evidence based monitoring and evaluation programme to identify the benefits of nature connection and specifically aquatic habitats for providing ecosystem services benefits, e.g. improving people’s health and wellbeing, and use this as an advocacy tool for promotion of the programme
- Support the development of further funding bids to expand the community engagement and “reconnecting people with water” through nature programme by gathering evidence through delivery
Qualifications: No formal qualifications are required for the volunteer role.
Experience: Some previous experience of engagement activities, especially within the environmental sector, would be very helpful. Experience of working with children would also be very welcome.
- Excellent ability to motivate, supervise and train volunteers
- Carrying out practical conservation and land management tasks safely with volunteers using hand tools
- Producing robust risk assessments
- Good administrative, communication (written and verbal), report writing, and IT skills
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite
- Excellent self-motivation, initiative, time management and organisation skills as the role has a fair degree of autonomy
- Good inter-personal skills, with a responsible, team-oriented approach to work
- Current full driving licence and able to use own vehicle for work
- Physically fit
- The ability to inspire people of all ages
- Good inter-personal skills
- Ability to keep information confidential
- Excellent self-motivation, initiative and organisation skills as the role has a fair degree of autonomy
- Responsible, team oriented approach to work
- Willing to obtain an enhanced DBS check for working with young people and vulnerable adults.
If you are interested in this role or would like more information, please contact Lorne Thomson at Yeovil Rivers Community Trust. For more details about the Trust, please see our Facebook page. Thank you for taking an interest.