Team Communicate registrations open!
Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity that comes with leadership experience, valuable training in the environmental sector and works with your busy work and home life?
We are inviting 5 people to make a bigger commitment than our usual 1 day volunteer slots by joining “Team Communicate”. In return, participants will receive meaningful training in skills that are vital to working within the environmental sector, along with networking opportunities to some of the best known national and regional environmental organisations.
WHAT IS THE PROGRAMME?
Team Communicate is a programme run by the Natural History Consortium, the charity who runs Festival of Nature and City Nature Challenge. The programme brings together different parts of our current volunteer programme and our national professional development conference Communicate. We are inviting 5 people to take a leadership role within our Festival of Nature volunteer team, and active leadership roles during City Nature Challenge.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to get experience in the sector and comes with a series of training sessions including: running citizen science projects, social media/storytelling, unconscious bias, evaluation techniques and interviewing skills, first aid, safe guarding and networking.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are keen for people to apply who would like to gain skills in leadership, events management and/or social media skills who are passionate about the natural world (although you don’t have to be knowledgeable!). We are looking for people who can commit to one or two evenings a month for training, as well as being free during City Nature Challenge (26th- 29th April) and Festival of Nature (1st – 9th June).
We would like to hear from anyone, however preference will be given to people who are keen to work in the environmental sector and would like to gain new skills.
WHAT WILL YOU RECEIVE?
- The opportunity to up skill and gain leadership experience during a large citizen science project and the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world.
- Be part of a free comprehensive training scheme including certifications in first aid and safeguarding for your CV.
- The chance to help shape and be part of Communicate conference 2019, including networking opportunities with local and national environmental organisations. Details of the conference can be found at www.communicatenow.org.uk.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Anyone over the age of 18. We’re particularly interested to hear from people who have struggled to find volunteering or work opportunities in the environmental sector due to work or life commitments.
ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?
Is there an upper age limit?
No! Anyone over the age of 18 can apply.
I have other commitments, I work 9-5 during the week, my shift patterns aren’t regular, I have parental responsibilities, and don’t think I would have the time to commit, should I still apply?
Yes! Team Communicate is available to anyone who wants to upskill and who have found that they can’t find the correct volunteering opportunities to fit around their schedule, or that they require a more flexible approach to volunteering. Our main requirement is that we need all participants to commit 1-2 evenings per month for training and that you are able to keep the dates over City Nature Challenge (26-30 April) and Festival of Nature(1-9 June) free.
Is this a job application or internship?
No, it’s part of our volunteering programme. However, we hope that the skills you learn at Team Communicate and the people you meet will help you in your career within the environmental sector!
This sounds like way to much for me to take on! I just want to be part of the Festival, can I be?
Of course! This programme is on top of our usual festival volunteering opportunities which will still be available in 2019, with over 200 volunteer opportunities in spring and summer to get involved. Make sure to sign up to our volunteer newsletter to keep up to date.
To apply please use the APPLICATION FORM here.
Closing date for applications is midnight on the 20th January.
If you have any further questions, or need help applying please feel free to email us at Festival@bnhc.org.uk
Avon Wildlife Trust
Bath & North East Somerset Council
BBC Natural History Unit
Bristol City Council
Bristol Zoo Gardens
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of the West of England
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
The Natural History Consortium is a charitable collaboration between these member organisations.
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