RSPB Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC037654

The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and other wildlife, helping to create a better world for us all. The RSPB exists to conserve wild birds and the environment. We have more than one million members, over 13,000 volunteers, 1,300 staff, 200 nature reserves,9 regional offices, 4 country offices...and one vision - to work for a better environment rich in birds and wildlife.


Current opportunities

RSPB is the largest nature conservation charity in Europe and they are looking for Volunteer Fundraisers in Fife to raise money for RSPB Scotland through their pin badge scheme. They will support you to place pin badge boxes in your chosen venue, which can be anything from shops, to garden centres, tourist attractions and pubs. Once a box has been placed, to ensure we follow charity fundraising regulations, the boxes must be visited and the money from them banked at least once a month. You will then report the income on our user-friendly online system and place an order for any additional stock you may need. Simple! One great aspect of this volunteering role is its flexibility and it can be easily done at a time and location that suits you best, usually it takes only 2 hours a month! It is a really important and rewarding role, a volunteer can raise thousands of pounds a year to support our conservation projects just by managing a few pin badge boxes!

This role involves approaching various sites in your local area, such as shops or cafes, and asking them to support the RSPB by hosting a pin badge box on their premises. As well as: - Collecting the money and topping up your boxes with extra pin badges, every 4 -6 weeks (depending on the site and your convenience). - Counting the money and banking the donations from boxes. - Ensuring that pin badge boxes are in a good condition, replacing where necessary. - Using their user-friendly website to record your banked donations. This role can be done from any location, but volunteers are supported by their Community Fundraiser.

ABOUT RSPB The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is the UK's largest nature conservation charity. Originally set up in 1889, they began working on their nature reserve at Loch Leven in 1967. You can join their fantastic team of volunteers who are helping to inspire everyone to give nature a home and secure a healthy environment for wildlife. You will gain skills that give you an invaluable insight into the RSPB's essential work. 'SCHOOLS ON RESERVES' PROGRAMME Each of the RSPB's reserves offer school groups the opportunity to book outdoor sessions in which they learn about and are inspired by the beautiful and amazing wildlife on the reserve. The RSPB's 'Schools on Reserves' programme aims to give school children the chance to experience nature first-hand, and by helping the group you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery. You can share in the excitement by becoming a volunteer helping in the delivery of our education programme to visiting schools. Typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. THE ROLE As a Schools on Reserve Leader you can help inspire school children, giving them the chance to experience nature first-hand. By being part of that exciting journey of discovery you will help the Learning Officer in making sure children get the most out of their visit. You will be leading the delivery of high-quality learning activities to school children who are visiting the site with their school. This includes: - Engage with the participants to inspire them about wildlife. - Facilitate the participants' learning during the activity. - Assist with equipment and resource maintenance. - Assist with feedback and evaluation. - Attend an initial induction and training session and participate in occasional skills development opportunities. This opportunity runs during school term time, during the day each week day (dependent on school bookings). ESSENTIAL SKILLS/EXPERIENCE - A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment. - An enthusiasm for outdoor education and willingness to learn new skills. - A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children. - The confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme with a group of students and their teacher. - Ability to communicate effectively with children of differing needs and levels of understanding. - Self-motivated with ability to work as part of a team and alone. DESIRABLE SKILLS/EXPERIENCE - Field teaching experience would be an advantage. - Some ecological knowledge of habitat types would be an advantage. - Some knowledge of the local history of the area would be an advantage. NOTE: If you are interested in supporting rather than leading education sessions, please ask Sarah about Volunteer Learning Support opportunities by emailing: sarah.cooper1@rspb.org.uk

Community volunteering is a great way to meet new people, connect with nature, learn new skills and improve health. Sessions involve maintaining parts of the nature reserve for people and wildlife. Sound interesting? Then feel free to come along to one of our volunteer days meeting at the reserve Farmhouse at 10am every Saturday (weather permitting). Please wear suitable clothing - all tools and PPE will be provided.