Volunteer Coordinator (LIFE Raft)

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Do you want to be part of one of the most exciting island restoration projects on our shores? If yes, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

We are looking for an organised person with excellent communication skills to join our team and to help support our sites and operations.

The role will be supporting the LIFE Raft project on beautiful Rathlin Island, just off the coast of County Antrim. The project is working to save NI’s most important seabird colony from invasive non-native rats and ferrets - Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and other seabirds are all in danger. Over the past year the project has eradicated nearly all of the ferrets from the island. Now, moving into the second year, we will be focusing on the rats and bringing in volunteers to help.

We will be asking for people to support with making bait stations and wax blocks, clearing harbourage on island, reviewing camera trap images, transporting goods from the mainland, and updating the website (amongst other things!). There’s a whole host of skills needed and this volunteer coordinator role is an amazing opportunity to help this project succeed.

Volunteer Coordinators undertake a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Dealing with queries from potential new volunteers who get in touch.
  • Being the first point of contact for our existing volunteers and answering general queries.
  • Lead on advertising new volunteer roles (on the RSPB and external websites, in the local community)
  • Set up interviews with potential volunteers and assist with induction administration.
  • Administrative tasks such as recording volunteer hours, registering new volunteers on our database, organising rotas and processing expenses claims.
  • Supporting the project manager with volunteer administration and recruitment as necessary.

You'll be trained in everything you need to know beforehand and we'll support you in your role every step of the way.

Beneficial skills for this role are:

  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • You need to be a great people person, friendly and approachable.
  • Excellent telephone manner and written communication skills.
  • An ability to lead/inspire others and work as part of a team.
  • Creative and forward thinking.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small team.
  • Excellent record keeper.
  • Happy to work from home or office.
  • Tact/diplomacy.

This is a rewarding and enjoyable role. You will be part of a small and friendly international team of staff and volunteers, ranging from rope access climbers, to eradication specialists, to trappers. This is a chance to gain experience in working with people of all ages and to learn new skills and develop existing ones.

There is room for development within the role, an opportunity to volunteer for additional days or role-share.

You'd be helping us to ensure that volunteers have a rewarding and enjoyable time with us. It's a wonderful opportunity to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation.