Oswestry, Powys
Wales, United Kingdom
£18,100 - £20,080 per annum
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Volunteer Development Coordinator
Location: Lake Vyrnwy, Powys
Salary: £18,100.00 - £20,080.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave
Duration: 3 years

This is an excellent opportunity for a person with experience in community engagement and volunteer development to work at Hafren Dyfrdwy’s Lake Vyrnwy Estate in mid-Wales on a 3-year contract. The role, hosted by RSPB Cymru, will support the delivery of an ambitious community engagement project in partnership with HD and the community and funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund.

The 10,000ha Estate surrounds Lake Vyrnwy reservoir, a strategically important water resource. It has a diverse range of habitats, supports rare and protected species and contains a number of upland farms including the largest organic farm in England and Wales which is managed by the RSPB. The historic dam, local attractions and surrounding landscape attracts over 180,000 visitors each year.

Hafren Dyfrdwy (HD), RSPB Cymru and community partners work together to enhance the natural and built heritage of the Estate and to make this heritage more accessible to a range of audiences. The Lake Vyrnwy Community Engagement project will advance these ambitions by:

  • Expanding the current volunteer offer, more than doubling the number of volunteer roles; matching these roles to site needs and volunteer motivations; offering training, social opportunities and the chance to contribute to the enhancement of the Estate.
  • Creating a new volunteer and community training programme which targets priority audiences, identified as community members from within a one hour drive time who are currently underrepresented in volunteering at Lake Vyrnwy. They are young people aged 11 to 24 years, those with low incomes, people with disabilities and adults who are either unemployed, have no qualifications or who are isolated. This element will be delivered with the support of partner organisations.
  • Engaging with the immediate parish of Llanwddyn, and the wider towns, villages and farming families within one hour drive time of Lake Vyrnwy to promote the volunteering and training opportunities and to create a sustainable model for engagement which will extend beyond the life of the project.

The Lake Vyrnwy Community Engagement project will help to create a sustainable legacy for the heritage and we would love you to a be a part of it.

What’s the role about?

You will have responsibility for delivering the partnership volunteering training programme, managing conservation volunteer activity and supporting the agriculture traineeship offer, reporting to the Community Volunteer Development Officer (CVDO). You will also support the CVDO with other aspects of the project, where required, including the induction of volunteers, safety and systems, liaison between stakeholders and reporting outcomes to the project board.

The overall scope of the plans include:

  • developing and growing capacity to deliver more diverse and inclusive volunteering and training opportunities with currently underrepresented audiences.
  • increasing the opportunities for the community to participate, lead and upskill through delivering the shared vision for Lake Vyrnwy.
  • building support for heritage conservation within the local community.
  • leading and empowering stakeholders to transform participation through an exciting programme of events and activities at Lake Vyrnwy.

The role will be based at Lake Vyrnwy but homeworking may be required in the early stages in line with Covid-19 restrictions. Key aspects of the role are as follows:

  • Working with Volunteer Coordinators, the site team and partners to deliver the programme
  • Provide coaching and support to the site teams and partners to manage volunteers.
  • Line managing two Volunteer Coordinators.
  • Training and developing volunteers to enable them to fulfil roles effectively, promote personal development and ensure all volunteers receive an excellent volunteering experience.
  • Delivering the volunteer training programme of conservation and surveying tasks.
  • Delivering community development training with partner support.
  • Coaching the farm site team to deliver the agricultural traineeships and monitoring the quality and progression within the offer in coordination with partners.
  • Supporting with community communications via newsletters and social media and maintaining a database of participants.
  • Ensuring all volunteer information and procedures are followed to meet the RSPB standards of volunteer management and safeguarding.
  • Facilitating and administrating meetings and stakeholder events as appropriate.
  • Monitoring and evaluating outcomes, and supporting in the production of reports to RSPB, partners and funders.
  • Managing day-to-day procurement of goods and services, including selecting suppliers and contractors.
  • Ensuring activities are delivered on time and to budget , managing risk, issues, changes and quality.
  • This role will include lone working and some planned weekend/evening working.

What we need from you:

  • Excellent communication ad interpersonal skills with an ability to connect and engage with a diverse range of audiences.
  • The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable.
  • Ability to build and manage effective and productive stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience in mentoring staff, particularly in volunteer management.
  • Strong skills in identifying and analysing problems, issues and areas of improvement, working collaboratively to develop creative strategies and solutions.
  • Ability to be proactive, use initiative and work independently or under guidance.
  • Able to deal sensitively with confidential information.
  • Accurate keyboard and database skills and excellent attention to detail in record keeping.
  • Experience of providing support, advice and information to internal and external customers.
  • Experience of working in a customer-focused environment.
  • Experience in volunteer management and development.
  • Passion for and interest in natural and built heritage and conservation.
  • Desirable to have experience of National Lottery Communities Fund projects.

Closing date: 23:59, 25 April 2021


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can complete your application for this position.

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Posted on: 08 April 2021
Closing date: 25 April 2021
Job ref: 156704_RB
Tags: Communications, PR, Volunteer Management
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