Looe, Cornwall
£18,235 per year
Contract, Temporary, 14 months - to end of March 2022 Contract, Full-time
Job description

Volunteer Coordinator Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary

A fantastic opportuinty to promote primate welfare and conservation and work with young people from around the world

Fixed term contract until end of March 2022, 

Full time 37.5 hours a week

Salary – circa £18235 pa (dependent on experience)

Wild Futures is a small charity with a world reputation for its advocacy and welfare work, rescuing primates from the UK pet trade. We are dedicated to primate welfare and conservation; our holistic ethos of high standards, sustainability, education and training is reflected in our sanctuary being the only one in Europe to be accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.


Job Title is:  Volunteer Coordinator

Role reports to: The Director.  

Role is responsible for: volunteers and interns.

Summary of Role:  Volunteer Coordinator

Coordinates and administrates Wild Future’s European Solidarity Corps (ESC) and other Volunteer programmes. Researches and writes grant applications to enable continuation of volunteer programme, with all necessary follow up and reporting as required.

Provides an overall co-ordination and administration function for all volunteers and volunteer activities at the Sanctuary.  Mentors the volunteers through their volunteering experience for the charity, working with the charity team to promote their welfare.

Enhanced DBS clearance is required for this role.

Key Responsibilities for Volunteer Coordinator Role:



Research and apply as appropriate for funding to support and enable the continuation of the Wild Futures Volunteer programme. This is an urgent requirement in anticipation of the ESC funding ending in January 2022.

ESC (The following also applies to any subsequent programme):

Works to ensre that the criteria of the ESC are fulfilled so that the Sanctuary’s eligibility is maintained.This includes:

  • Annual application and required documentation appropriately submitted.
  • Professional processing of applications
  • Professional supervision of all personnel entering and exiting under the ESC programme, this includes but is not limited to inductions, training, monitoring, supervising and providing guidance to interns.
  • Offer support when integrating ESC personnel with permanent sanctuary and volunteer teams
  • Manage the allocated budget
  • Maintain and evaluate established ESC partnerships.  Build new partnerships where agreed with Director.

Responsible for organising and managing the volunteers and volunteer programmes.This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Promoting, advertising and recruiting
  • Co-ordinating daily work loads
  • Managing any day to day issues professionally as they arise



  • Responsible for supervising and mentoring volunteers and interns
  • Ensuring volunteers and interns are provided with clear direction and instruction, guiding activities and behaviours and are aware of the Vision and ethos of the charity.
  • Inspiring volunteers and interns as a positive role model – positive, motivational communication.


  • Speaking to members of the public in an informative, positive and respectful manner as ambassadors of the charity


  • Compliance with all relevant health and safety protocols and relevant HR materials including but limited to safeguarding.  Includes, but not limited to emergency procedures, risk assessments and safe working practices. 

Team Player:

  • Respect for, and commitment to, the vision, mission and values of Wild Futures
  • Every role is important in a small team and as well as bringing skill, knowledge and experience; we hope that you will fit into our team, working collaboratively and flexibly to ensure the monkeys thrive in our care.

Background & Qualifications:

  • Essential:
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people
  • Experience of managing a small team of volunteers or interns preferably in similar environment. Youth work or teaching assistant experience is particularly helpful.
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with and ability to produce grant applications and reporting to an excellent standard
  • Demonstrable experience of excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent attention to detail and proof reading skills
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Word and Excel
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritise, remaining calm under pressure
  • Physically fit and be able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Degree OR equivalent on-the-job experience in lieu of degree
  • Possess a valid driving licence
  • Permission to work in the UK
  • DBS clearance
  • Desirable:
  • Understanding of GDPR requirements and responsibilities.
  • Experience with Risk Assessments
  • Training in Mental Health in the Workplace    

Outcomes & Targets Associated with this role:

  • Provide a valuable contribution in developing and maintaining the volunteer and intern programmes
  • Resource funding to enable continuation of the Wild Futures volunteer programme
  • Successful and collaborative working relationship with team and colleagues which supports the delivery of charity goals, objectives and vision. 

Please email CV and letter of interest 

No agencies please.

Closing date: 24th December 2020



Posted on: 26 November 2020
Closed date: 24 December 2020
Job ref: Vol Coord
Tags: Project Management, Volunteer Management

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