The Royal Parks is responsible for managing and preserving over 5,000 acres of historic parkland across London, stretching from Greenwich Park in the east, through Hyde Park and St James’s Park in the centre, to Bushy Park in the west. Our eight Royal Parks include one World Heritage Site, two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and important habitats for London’s wildlife; and are among the most visited attractions in the UK.
About the role
This is an exciting time to be joining us. In 2017 The Royal Parks charity was founded, as we took over the role of managing the parks from The Royal Parks Agency – a former executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. At the same time we joined forces with the Royal Parks Foundation, bringing together the best of fundraising, education and park management under one organisation. The Royal Parks charity was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales and our new Chairman Loyd Grossman in July 2017.
Volunteers make a really important contribution to many aspects of the Royal Parks, offering their time and talents to a wide range of projects. We have a variety of volunteer programmes in place across the Parks, which complement and support the work of staff, help to enrich visitor experience and volunteer skills, and overall greatly benefit the Parks.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and energetic volunteer officer to join the Programmes Team to support the delivery of the new Royal Parks Volunteering Strategy and 3-year Action Plan, helping to enhance, strengthen and grow our volunteer offer. You will champion volunteering best practice across the organisation, and ensure that there is appropriate support and training for volunteers, partners and staff who manage volunteers. You will plan and deliver high quality community volunteer days across the Parks and support our corporate volunteering ‘Park Days’ programme, in conjunction with team members and key partners.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual with a proven track record of planning and delivering high quality volunteer programmes in a park setting, or similar. You will be passionate about engaging people with heritage, nature or well-being, and will have practical nature conservation and habitat management skills. You will have experience in recruiting, training and supporting volunteers and of developing associated resources. You will have excellent written and communication skills with the ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders, audiences and project partners. Partnership working will be a very important part of this role. You will be highly organised, with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to use your initiative and develop new ideas. Project management experience would be a bonus. Your proactive approach and passion for your work will form an invaluable part of our ambitious and supportive team.