Volunteer Officer (Volunteer Rangers)

The Royal Parks
London (Greater)
£29,001 - £35,076 per annum, depending on experience
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Volunteer Officer (Volunteer Rangers)

The Organisation

The Royal Parks is a charity created in March 2017. We manage over 5,000 acres of diverse parkland, rare habitats and historic buildings and monuments in eight Royal Parks across London. These are: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Green Park, St James’s Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park, Richmond Park and Bushy Park. We also manage other important public spaces including Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens. Our eight Royal Parks and other public spaces are among the most visited attractions in the UK with 77 million visits every year.

We are currently looking for a Volunteer Officer to join us on a permanent, full-time basis.

The Benefits
- Salary of £29,001 - £35,076 per annum, depending on experience
- 26 days’ annual leave plus public holidays
- Employer pension scheme
- Private healthcare cash plan and health insurance
- Cycle to work scheme
- Employee assistance programme - available to all staff and family members

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with experience of working with, and managing, volunteers and a love of the great outdoors to join our passionate organisation.  

You will have the chance to work in some of the most beautiful and historic green spaces that London has to offer while playing a vital role in the delivery of our hugely successful Volunteer Ranger Service.

So, if you would like to showcase fascinating wildlife and heritage across London’s parkland while working with an inclusive and supportive team, apply today!

The Role

As a Volunteer Officer, you will be responsible for the delivery of the Volunteer Ranger Service in Richmond and Bushy Park. Supporting the current volunteer rangers and training and managing new volunteers, where appropriate. You’ll seek to develop training opportunities and resources. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and energetic volunteer officer to join the Volunteering Team at The Royal Parks. This role will focus on delivering the Volunteer Ranger Service in both Richmond and Bushy. The service was started as a trial with a purpose to engage, inspire and inform members of the public about the history, heritage and wildlife of the parks, and is now seen as a growing success. This role is varied and will see the successful applicant working primarily Richmond and Bushy Park, but with regular travel to all the parks.  Your role will be to manage, the current volunteers, induct and train new volunteers where appropriate, and work to grow and develop different opportunities that the service presents. This role will also work with other volunteer groups across the parks helping to deliver conservation groups, corporates and develop new and existing initiatives. The volunteer officer will support the wider volunteer team and coordinators where needed.

This role involves a lot of in park time, working with and supporting volunteers on the ground, coupled with some office time. The ideal applicant will be friendly, open, and enjoy spending time outdoors and have experience working with and managing volunteers, ideally in an engagement, visitor service or conservation setting.

Additionally, you will:

- Help to maintain all tools, equipment and PPE
- Support the promotion of the Volunteer Ranger Service and wider Volunteering activities
- Ensure all expenditure is approved in advance by the Volunteer Manager and budgets are updated accordingly

About You

To be considered as a Volunteer Officer, you will need:

- Proven experience of working with, managing, leading and training volunteers, especially relating to visitor engagement and conservation
- Experience of developing and delivering successful volunteer projects and programmes and working with partners
- Excellent people skills including team working, negotiating, problem solving and the ability to be calm and decisive in challenging situations
- To be highly organised with the ability to prioritise a heavy workload, manage tasks simultaneously and perform effectively under pressure
- Awareness and advocate of equality, inclusion and diversity, health and safety, safeguarding
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Experience of managing budgets and of delivering, reporting and evaluating projects would be beneficial to your application, as would experience of competing demands and delivering a visitor service in a park setting. IT proficiency would also be advantageous, as would excellent presentation skills. Practical conservation, habitat or horticulture management skills, including tool use and management, are also desirable.

The closing date for this role is 17th August 2022.

Other organisations may call this role Volunteer Services Co-ordinator, Volunteer Co-ordinator, or Volunteer Development Co-ordinator.

Webrecruit and The Royal Parks are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you’re interested in this unique opportunity as a Volunteer Officer, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

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