Lead Volunteer - Preston
Activities: Leadership and management, Practical, Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Heritage, Education, Administration and support, Working with visitors, Boating, Marketing and promotion
Preston, Lancaster Canal
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to co-ordinate and lead our ever-growing group of volunteers in the Trust in the Preston area. In particular, we need help with co-ordinating and leading our Towpath Taskforces and other groups of volunteers on practical tasks. As a Lead, you’ll work alongside staff and other volunteers to plan, promote, lead, deliver, evaluate and celebrate volunteering and volunteers in your local area/team. Lead Volunteers are increasingly important in providing the support, direction and organisation our volunteers need.
We provide the opportunity to gain experience or put your skills into practice to ensure the smooth day to day running of volunteer activities in your area and that our volunteers have the best experience possible.
This is a responsible role with a lot to offer the right person, as such an appropriate selection process is in place, we'd like 12 months commitment from you. Covid-permitting this role will start Spring 2021
What's in it for you?
Through this role you will gain a strong set of skills and experience, ideal for those looking to gain practical work experience and increase their employability, or those keen to put existing skills to good use and pass on the benefits active volunteering can bring to others. Dedicated training and networking is an essential part of the role, and you’ll be supported by existing Leads and Trust staff as you develop your skills.
You will get to explore your local waterways and meet lots of new people from a wide range of backgrounds.
What skills are we looking for?
-Excellent people skills, including patience, empathy, and the ability to respond to needs & spot potential.
-Strong written and verbal communication skills, including listening and providing feedback
-Enthusiasm & commitment for the waterways and the Trust’s values
-Good understanding of health & safety principles
-Experience of volunteering, and an understanding of the dynamics of volunteer management
-Experience of leading volunteers is desirable but not essential as training will be given and shadowing staff will take place for a fixed period.
-Good IT skills, & availability to respond to needs of volunteers and colleagues within the Trust