Why we need you:
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) connects people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community. We bring people together to create, improve and care for green spaces. From urban to rural, local parks and community gardens to Local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; from school grounds and hospital grounds to waterways, wetlands, and woodlands. In Scotland last year we worked with 19,367 people and delivered 13,755 workdays transforming greenspaces for the benefit of communities and nature. By taking part in TCV activities people improve their health and wellbeing, develop new skills, build stronger communities and have a real impact on the environment. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and enthusing others who are looking to develop their skills and gain experience in the sector. By giving your time to become a TCV Volunteer Officer you’ll be helping TCV to reach even more people and improve even more greenspaces for people and nature.
Benefits to you:
Volunteer Officers (VOs) take on roles with real responsibility – including leading projects and supporting groups of volunteers working to improve green spaces. Being a VO will give you the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and practical experience and enhance your employability. Many people have used the Volunteer Officer position as a way to gain the experience needed to start a career in conservation and volunteer management. Following interviews in July, successful applicants will be invited to take part in an induction week in August where you will get an introduction to TCV, meet other VOs and TCV staff and complete basic training in safeguarding, health & safety and manual handling. Some elements of the induction may be online and you will need access to a computer to complete some of the training (let us know if that would be an issue and we will do our best to sort something out). We will also organise some practical workdays for all new VOs to give you an introduction to some of the practical conservation activities TCV deliver. Throughout your time as a VO you will be supported by a nominated Senior Project Officer who will oversee your training and development. You will receive a First Aid training qualification and the opportunity to attend courses on Project Leadership, Safeguarding, Risk Assessment and other training relevant to the specific role. You will predominantly work with your Senior Project Officer on their project but we have a wide range of projects and you will have the opportunity to shadow and assist other staff to ensure you get a broad range of experience during your time as a VO. TCV will provide you with branded clothing (T-shirt and fleece/jacket) and all tools, materials and safety equipment you will need to carry out your role. We will also cover reasonable travel expenses.
What you need:
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and helping other to engage with the natural environment. You will need to be reliable, organised and punctual to ensure workdays run smoothly and willing to help out where needed in order to achieve the outcomes of the project or activity. Many of our volunteers value the social aspect of our activities so it is important that you are able to interact with volunteers in a friendly manner to enhance their volunteering experience. You do not need to have any past experience of working or volunteering in conservation or with volunteers but we will ask you to demonstrate why you are interested in volunteering with TCV and how your personality and personal interests make you suitable for the Volunteer Officer role. No qualifications are required but a driving license is desirable.
How much time:
We are looking for a minimum commitment of 1 day a week for 6 months. We can be flexible in terms of which day it is or if it changes week to week. There is also the opportunity to be VO for more than one day a week, this will greatly improve the level of experience you gain and the number of opportunities available to you. Please indicate your availability in your application and we can discuss it in more detail during the interview. We will try to be as accommodating as possible and regularly find that people are able to fit being a VO in around work, studies and other commitments. Please email email@example.com for an application form and submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday the 30th of June.
For further details please contact Rebecca Strofton on 07739447964.
You will be supported in your role by experienced staff through regular meetings where issues can be resolved and guidance provided. You will have all reasonable expenses covered (foreign travel excepted) so will not be out of pocket through your volunteering. You will be insured and expected to comply with the policies and procedures of The Conservation Volunteers.
Where roles will be responsible for others, we need to check your references. When the role involves young people and vulnerable adults, we will need to ask for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau, Central Registered Body in Scotland or appropriate body in Northern Ireland.
Many people who work in the Environmental Sector have used a Volunteer Officer role as a stepping stone in their career.