Outdoor Recreation Service based at Pembrey Country Park
Employer Carmarthenshire County Council
to coordinate and actively manage the activities of individuals and groups volunteering at all of the service managed Country Parks and Green Spaces, develop an in-house volunteer team (Volunteers In Parks, VIP’s), develop a series of ranger led events, review and manage the offering for schools and community groups
Majority of time is spent doing talking to the team, third parties, supervising volunteers leading schools, I also provide ranger cover as required, (previous experience)
Time is spent mainly indoors / outdoors: 50/50
Volunteering is year-round but schools are during term time only
other than a standard education there were no specific qualifications required provided experience was broad. The role required experience of managing volunteers, good administration skills, excellent team working, experience of countryside legislation, experience of conservation management, ( I had previously held a role in private industry)
Additional training :
Enhanced DBS; Member Countryside Management Association (although a personal membership there are lots of networking opportunities to be had)
Skills needed, people management, diplomacy, approachable sense of fun, (I’ve been dressed as a zombie, wizard and Christmas elf!, Christmas 2019 saw us hold two Christmas wreath making sessions something I was clueless about, thirty adults filled their boots giving amazing feedback, hopefully this will now be on our event calendar each Christmas
Advice to anyone looking at similar roles:
You should make the role your own, bringing experiences with you that you probably don’t realise you have. Don’t under-estimate the energy needed to plan for organise and manage a group of school children from 5 yrs. and up, even when teaching staff are present, My role is a “standalone” role so being able to engage the ranger and management teams in what you are trying to achieve is vital.
I am extremely fortunate to work in a team which is dynamic and prepared to be flexible and have been able to include community engagement with the local Police etc as part of my role.
If you have any queries about this role or would like to ask a question of the poster please contact CJS by email.