Nature Reserve Coordinator - Shoreham Beach
Friends of Shoreham Beach (FoSB)
Do you have an interest in botany and a passion for conservation? Are you keen to develop your knowledge and skills? Would you like to do some hands-on volunteering in nature? If so, then this unusual volunteering role could be for you.
Shoreham Beach is an internationally significant vegetated shingle beach. It is home to many specialised plants that have adapted to survive the harsh coastal conditions where lack of fresh water and nutrients are compounded by the fierce winds and waves. It is also an important habitat for invertebrates and breeding. The Government recognised the importance of this very special place when it declared Shoreham Beach’s 26 hectares a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 2006.
The Local Nature Reserve is managed by the Friends of Shoreham Beach (FoSB) under the auspices of the Parks Department of the Adur & Worthing Councils and with advice from experts.
This is thriving group with a new website, over a thousand Facebook followers, 53 paid up members, expert supporters and many corporate and community partners. It runs regular education and public engagement events including rock pooling, wildlife, birdwatching, beach cleaning, recording and monitoring.
We are now looking for a volunteer Nature Reserve Coordinator to prepare our action plans and get stuck in with volunteers to carry out the actions.
The position is very hands on. e.g. Walking over the beach and deciding where to remove invasive species and surveying what happens in the cleared areas. It means carting tools for clearing parties and organizing and supervising them and linking up with the Adur-Worthing Council Ranger re removal of the plants and finding sessions when he can help which is only on week days. The key responsibilities are:
- Finding professionals to do surveys and getting the committee to stump up the money to pay them. Involvement with other wild life professionals who want to do studies or visit the nature reserve.
- Advising the council about effects on the plant life of activity on the Local Nature Reserve.
- Attending committee meetings on about 6 Mondays a year and the AGM and liaisingwith the other committee members between meetings.
- Arranging an annual flower walk and briefing the leaders.
- Taking the lead in monitoring the Local Nature Reserve.
- Taking the lead in producing the annual action Plan with support from the committee and the local Council
You should have an interest in botany and a passion for conserving this rare coastal environment. However, you don’t need to have professional conservation experience or qualifications but you will need to be able to talk to the expert scientists who support FoSB and you should be keen to learn.
We welcome applicants who are looking to gain experience for their CV.
- Ideally you should have some experience of leading a small team of people. This could be at work, at Uni or College or as a volunteer; and some experience of putting together a plan.
- You must have good interpersonal skills – able to build supportive relationships with volunteers, experts, and committee members; and engage constructively with partners.
- You must be able to communication clearly and succinctly in meetings, emails and on the phone. And able to get a plan down on paper (or digitally!)
You don’t need to live on Shoreham Beach itself but you should be living within easy travelling distance because this is a hands-on role and you will need to visit the beach regularly.
Fantastic opportunity to gain CV experience if that's of interest to you.
Opportunity to have a massive impact on a rare and very special marine environment.
Be part of a committed, passionate team and meet new people.
This is a home-based role - with some external meetings and lots of visits to the beach!
You will need to spend time with volunteers on the beach helping clear invasive species.
When do I need to be available?
|Details||The time commitment is about 2-4 hours a week on average. There is considerable flexibility to organise the role around the volunteer’s other commitments although there will be some external meetings to attend and FoSB's own public engagement events which are fixed dates. The Committee meets about 6 times a year - currently on a Monday at 7pm, although this could be changed. The Chair, will coordinate the induction and introduce the Nature Reserve Coordinator to committee members, other key contacts and the key tasks. She is flexible about the timing of the handover – to suit the availability of the Nature Reserve Coordinator.|
Where does this role take place?
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Parks and Open Spaces
- Wildlife and Animals
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- This role is adaptable for different abilities