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HQ Manager: 7-month contract (potential to extend)




A brilliant opportunity for an organised professional to work with and help build our local bird conservation and education charity. The role is to focus on management of the engagement centre-style Headquarters and associated staff, volunteers, events and event bookings. There will be opportunities to learn about the important bird-life of Poole Harbour, and to take part in outreach and conservation projects.




In spring 2018, charity Birds of Poole Harbour (BoPH) opened its new visitor engagement Head Quarters on Poole Quay. The HQ is a focal point for the charity’s work around the harbour as well as an information rich environment for visitors to come and learn about the harbour and its birds. Since opening on the first of March 2018, we’ve engaged with over 20, 000 visitors.


The charity was founded in 2013 with three key objectives in place, to educate and promote bird conservation, preservation and observation in and around the Poole Harbour area. The harbour itself benefits from national and international protection and to date has hosted 330 different species of bird. With its unique and diverse set of habitats, the Poole Harbour basin offers a mouth-watering set of birding opportunities right the way through the year. However, knowing where and when to go, what to look out for and how to get there aren’t always easy questions to answer, for both locals and visitors to the area. Our HQ offers visitors the opportunity to get an in-depth insight into how to ‘bird’ the harbour and showcases our various outreach and conservation projects as well as providing an ideal space for various events. The HQ also has a small retail section where binoculars, telescopes, books and postcards are sold.


Contract Duration: initially 7 months, 1st April – 31st October 2019, with the potential to extend.


Working Hours: 5 days per week (40 hours), some weekend working.


Pay: Pro-rata £20, 000


Reports to: BoPH Trustees and Head of Science and Operations.


Duties. The HQ and Outreach Manager is expected to:


  • Manage BoPH HQ staff and volunteers.
  • Manage general running of the HQ, including cash handling, stock management and opening/closing procedures.
  • Contribute to HQ events ideas and manage events logistics.
  • Engage with and enthuse visitors about Poole Harbour and its birds.
  • Promote and interpret BoPH projects, including the Osprey Translocation Project.
  • Manage bookings and promote Birds of Poole Harbour events and boat trips.
  • Manage creation of interpretation materials for the HQ.
  • Contribute to BoPH social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and newsletters.
  • Assist the Trustees and Head of Science and Operations with relevant tasks.


Person Specification





Personal Attributes

Friendly and outgoing personality


Ability to work as a team


Dynamic attitude and ability to take initiative


Self-organised with ability to plan ahead and prioritise tasks


Interest in local wildlife, especially birds



Computer literate and adept with basic Microsoft packages – Word, Excel, PowerPoint


Staff/Volunteer management


Event management


Stock management



Good level of knowledge of Poole Harbour birding sites














Full training will be provided for this role including till usage, visitor engagement roles, infrastructure and display usage/maintenance, optics usage/display.


If you think you could help us build our charity with your experience and interest in Poole Harbour’s bird life, then please email Jobs@birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk with a CV and Cover Letter explaining why you think you’re suitable for this role.

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