Community Fundraising Development Volunteer


About the opportunity

Around the UK and across the world, nature is in steady, desperate decline. Wildlife and wild
places are disappearing at an alarming rate. 10% of all UK species are now under threat and we are determined to stop this happening. Therefore, collecting the necessary funds to do our important conservation work is crucial. This is why we urgently need your support.

Our community fundraising volunteers are the local face of the RSPB. Last year, in the Midlands, the team raised an amount of £101,200, further contributing to a huge £1.3 million nationally. Could you help us raise even more?

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a volunteer to help us develop and maintain a scheme of our pin badge collection boxes in and around the Birmingham city centre. (Don’t know what a pin badge box is? Click here for more information)
Last year we pioneered this new role in Birmingham city centre with great success. Natasha, a University of Birmingham student helped us to raise over £4000 from just 15 boxes in 12 months:

“I was drawn towards the role because it allowed me to contribute to an exciting new initiative, as well as helping to raise funds for the RSPB. As a biology major, I am very aware of the importance of conservation.” - Natasha, University of Birmingham.

In addition to developing a pin badge scheme, you will also have the opportunity to be actively involved in our fundraising strategy, as you’ll be able to share and deliver innovate new ideas to further enhance our income and community outreach.
Would you imagine yourself being the next person who will help the RSPB develop its fundraising capacity even further?

Practical Considerations

The skills you need

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with the following skills:

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Good communication and customer service skills
  • Numeracy, record-keeping skills and the ability to handle cash efficiently and accurately
  • Ability to use your own initiative
  • Able to research online
  • Able to work independently

No knowledge of birds or wildlife is required - just a passion and enthusiasm to help give
nature a home.

Your time

Minimum: A commitment of 6-8 hours per week or fortnight would be ideal but we can be flexible.
Duration: Ongoing
Period: minimum of 6 months

What’s in it for you

  • This is an exceptional opportunity that will allow you to develop strong practical skills and knowledge in community fundraising and marketing. Also, you will get the opportunity to be part of the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe that will allow you to get a good insight into how we work to save nature. Therefore, this is an ideal role for someone who wants to build knowledge and experience related to the conservation and the charity sector.
  • We will support you to expand your potential. You will receive induction and training from the regional community fundraising team and you will be receiving regular and ongoing support throughout.
  • Your volunteer line manager will help you to
  • develop existing skills as well as gaining new ones.
  • You will get the chance to go out and about in your local area, meeting new people and making additional community links; as well as working with a small and friendly team here in the RSPB Midlands Regional Office. You will be part of something big; a vast movement working together to help save nature!
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed where necessary.