Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer

National Trust
17 Feb 2019
24 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Thanks to a generous award made to the National Trust by Postcode Earth Trust, raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Wessex Hillforts & Habitats project is now recruiting a Volunteering and Community Involvement officer to deliver the volunteering ambition for the project.

The Wessex hillforts and habitats project focuses on 13 hillforts across the Dorset and Wiltshire landscape. All are extraordinary wild places and each one is nationally significant for its archaeology and nature conservation value.

What it's like to work here

Working in some of the nation’s stunning wild places, you will inspire, support and engage local communities and schools in the hillforts on their doorstep. North and West Dorset is an eclectic mix of dispersed places, all wonderful and beautiful in their own right, and includes Hambledon Hill and Hod Hill, and the hillforts of the Marshwood Vale, which are nationally known for their wildlife and nature value. Traces of times past and our long-lost ancestors are evident across the ancient landscapes of the Wiltshire Landscape. In this role no two days will be the same!

What you'll be doing

You will be responsible for the development and delivery of the volunteering vision for the project, including engaging with schools. You will be an innovator and champion new options for volunteers to get involved. The ambition is to recruit 50 new volunteers from the communities in the vicinity of hillforts. You will support, plan and coordinate a range of relevant training, liaising with the consultancy and ranger teams, and existing volunteers.

Please note: This post will involve some evening and weekend working, and you will be expected to travel to project sites, so will need access to/ or own a vehicle

Who we're looking for

This job is about providing a service. To be fantastic in this role, you’ll need to: have the following;

  • Excellent people skills, proactive and innovative you will develop participation opportunities at hillforts from their surrounding communities.
  • Customer focused with a visitor experience perspective, you will champion hillforts conservation and diversify the volunteering offer
  • Track record of inspiring others with your passion for nature, landscape or archaeology
  • Proven experience of working with and coordinating volunteers
  • Excellent organisational skills, with capacity
  • Good computer literacy, you will enable and support data migration from site surveys to the GIS system.
  • We need someone who works independently and as part of a team, engaging with colleagues and professions from across the organisation as well as external partners
The package


Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

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