New Opportunity for Residential Volunteer

22/08/2017 3:40pm by Jenny Middlehurst

We are looking for a enthusiastic residential volunteer to join our team and help us engage with a wide range of people, raising awareness of the global importance of the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland known as The Flow Country. As part of the Flows to the Future Team you will work closely with our project partners: Scottish Natural Heritage, the Highland Council and Environmental Research Institute (North Highland College UHI) to create exciting and innovative ways to tell people about our work. 

You will work primarily with our Learning Development and Communities Officers to build upon our existing work and increase our reach across this large area and beyond. This includes supporting the development and delivery of learning sessions for primary and secondary schools, organising and supporting a programme of community events across the Flow Country, contributing to our marketing and communications work and exploring the opportunities to promote our new film, 3D landscape model and computer game to a wider audience.

Training will be given in environmental education and engagement methods, event management, social media and digital skills, species identification and habitat management. This role will involve working across the remote and beautiful landscapes of Caithness and Sutherland and the communities within them. You will be required to work evenings and weekends occasionally for which time off in lieu will be given.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on an exciting project, learn about innovative conservation practices and importantly how we aim to connect people with this globally important place. You will be part of a small, dynamic team and have the opportunity to make a real difference. 

We are looking for someone who can be a good ambassador for the project, who has good communication skills (both written and verbal) and experience of communicating with people of different ages and from different backgrounds. Some knowledge and a keen interest in conservation, an enthusiastic and friendly attitude and the ability to be a team player are essential.

As the role will require you to work across Caithness and Sutherland a full, clean driving licence is desirable as well as the ability to work independently at times. You will need to be aged over 18.Experience of group leadership and public speaking are desirable but training in this can be provided.

Forsinard is a remote location. Free accommodation is provided in the new field centre, shared with other volunteers.

This role will begin in October and run until March 2018, although we are flexible and will consider splitting up the period if preferred. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 6 September. 

For more information about this role and to apply please contact Jane Shah 

Tel: 01767 680551 
E-mail: Jane.Shah@rspb.org.uk 

More information and application form is available 

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