Surrey Hills Conservation Volunteer Coordinator – Surrey Hills Society

Surrey Hills Conservation Volunteer Coordinator
An exciting new job opportunity working with the Surrey Hills Society has arisen for someone keen to play a practical part in improving biodiversity across the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The two-year Surrey Hills Conservation Volunteer Coordinator role is perfect for those that want to make a real difference to nature conservation and access in the Surrey Hills, encourage others to volunteer to help preserve the precious local landscape and support local charities and community groups.

Salary: £20,000 – £24,000 pa (depending on experience) and usual benefits.
Contract type: Employee (probationary period of 3 months).
Working hours: 30 hours per week (flexible). Evening and weekend work will be required at times.
Location: Across the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with an office base in Dorking.
Closing date: 5:00 pm on Wednesday 16 June 2021.

About the Role:
The Conservation Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for working with charitable and similar organisations in Surrey with a view to engaging volunteers in delivering biodiversity and access projects across the nationally protected landscape of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They will engage, advise and support local communities and Parish Councils to take practical action to understand their local greenspaces and assist with habitat management for the benefit of biodiversity and human welfare.

Under their leadership, volunteers will be coordinated to implement conservation activities on behalf of the newly created Surrey Hills Champions programme. This new initiative will deliver nature recovery and tree planting projects in the Surrey Hills, whilst also inspiring and engaging more people to support local sustainable businesses, products and experiences within the AONB.

The Surrey Hills Conservation Volunteer Coordinator will report to the Chairman of the Surrey Hills Society, who will guide the coordination of programmes, effective communications and fundraising. Key stakeholders will be Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Surrey Hills AONB Board, with whom the candidate will work closely. Other stakeholders include The National Trust, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the Surrey Association of Local Councils (SALC) and other members of the Surrey Hills family.

Person Specification:
The successful candidate will possess a passion for the environment, be able to enthuse and motivate others, and enjoy sharing knowledge and engaging others from a variety of backgrounds. If you have the ability to lead others successfully, particularly in the context of volunteers which requires consideration, motivation and focus to achieve results, you are needed to join the team. An outgoing, personable and friendly personality with the ability to work with a wide range of people and experience of fundraising is essential.
The job will involve being outdoors and undertaking practical tasks, therefore a driving licence and own vehicle is essential as not all locations can be accessed easily by public transport. A mileage allowance will be paid.

The full job profile and person specification, plus the application form, can be found here: