Residential Volunteer - Long Term People Engagement - Forsinard
VacancyId: 273

Region: North Scotland
Role Type: VWS Volunteer (less than 4 weeks)
Where: Forsinard Flows nature reserve
When: October 2018 – February 2019
Commitment: 5 months
Duration: October 2018 – February 2019

Why We Want You: We are looking for a new member of our team to help us engage with a wide range of people and raise awareness of the global importance of the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland known as The Flow Country. As part of the Flows to the Future Team you will work closely with our project partners: Scottish Natural Heritage, the Highland Council and Environmental Research Institute (North Highland College UHI) to create exciting and innovative ways to tell people about our work.

You will volunteer alongside our Learning Development and Communities Officers to build upon our existing work and increase our reach across this large area and beyond. This includes supporting the development and delivery of learning sessions for primary and secondary schools, organising and supporting a programme of community events across the Flow Country, contributing to our marketing and communications work (for example producing press releases and social media).

The Flow Country is the best blanket bog of its type in the world and a key resource in the fight against climate change. The Flows to the Future Project is far reaching, ambitious and aims to significantly increase the level of conservation management and promotional activities currently being undertaken.

More information about the project can be found at:

Training will be given in environmental education and engagement methods, event management, social media and digital skills, species identification and habitat management.

This role will involve working across the remote and beautiful landscapes of Caithness and Sutherland and the communities within them. You will be required to work evenings and weekends occasionally for which time off in lieu will be given.
What’s In It For You: We will provide you with training in a wide range of engagement activities and environmental education through courses, shadowing and ongoing mentoring.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on an exciting project, learn about innovative conservation practices and how we aim to connect people with this globally important place. You will be part of a small, dynamic team and have the opportunity to make a real difference.

You will develop a wide range of knowledge and skills which will be of benefit to anyone pursuing a career in education, youth work, community work or marketing and communications within the environment and conservation sectors. It would also be advantageous to other conservation careers such as habitat management or wildlife surveying.

There will be opportunities to work with the RSPB Forsinard team, Highland Council Countryside Rangers, scientists from the Environmental Research Institute and a range of schools, community groups and organisations across Caithness and Sutherland.

Forsinard is a busy site with an RSPB team of 7 staff, 5 Flows to the Future Project staff, and 5 volunteers. As well as being an important nature reserve, it is a key hub for peatland science, with visiting researchers from universities and research institutes. This group takes in a wide range of activities varying from practical restoration of blanket bog habitats, to researching greenhouse gas exchange over peatland ecosystems. You will have opportunities to get to know this varied team giving you a deeper understanding of the issues facing the RSPB's largest nature reserve.

Free accommodation is provided in the new field centre. A vehicle will be available to travel from accommodation to any work sites, and for a weekly visit to the shops. The accommodation is shared with other residential volunteers. You must be comfortable living in a remote location, and live harmoniously in shared accommodation. There is a train station at Forsinard.
Requirements: We are looking for someone who can be a good ambassador for the project, who has good communication skills (both written and verbal) and experience of communicating with people of different ages and from different backgrounds. Some knowledge and a keen interest in conservation, an enthusiastic and friendly attitude and the ability to be a team player are essential.

As the role will require you to work across Caithness and Sutherland a full, clean driving licence is desirable (but not essential) as well as the ability to work independently at times. You will need to be aged over 18.

Please enclose a copy of your CV with your application form.
Closing date 12 noon 10 September 2018'

We would prefer the chosen candidate to commit to the full 5 months of the placement, but we would be prepared to consider two shorter placements of October to December 2018 and January to end February 2019

In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject a PVG Scheme registration check from Volunteer Scotland in Scotland.
Notes: Appropriate training will be provided and pre-arranged expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. Free accommodation is provided.

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