Nature Reserve Coordinator - Shoreham Beach

Friends of Shoreham Beach (FoSB)

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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 volunteer alongside like-minded people? Then this 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. 

Vegetated shingle beaches are extremely rare, as most coastal shingle is too mobile to support plant communities. Shoreham Beach is one of Britain’s best examples and is internationally renowned. 

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.

About Friends of Shoreham Beach

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.  

FoSB is an unincorporated association run by a committee of nine enthusiastic and highly committed volunteers; and supported by local people.  As the Council’s capacity to lead has gradually diminished in recent years, FoSB’s remarkable volunteers have stepped up to take the lead in managing the LNR and educate local people and visitors about the special nature of Shoreham Beach. 

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. 

FoSB is also active in many aspects of development in the Shoreham area, relating to the beach. It initiated a petition for the boardwalk that now runs between Ferry Road and Shoreham Fort, soon to be extended to Beach Green. And it has met with company ecologists over plans for the cafe on Shoreham Beach Green and the planting of suitable marine plants for the new beach entrance at Ferry Road and the new car park at Shoreham Fort.

We are now looking for a volunteer Nature Reserve Coordinator to lead the development and implementation of our management plan. 

Responsibilities.

  • Coordinate the development of the 2021-26 Local Nature Reserve Management Plan – liaising with the Council, experts and supporters.  This plan will encompass conservation, surveying and education.
  • Translate the development of the LNR Management Plan into one-year action plans – liaising with the Council, experts and supporters. 
  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of the action plan, with support from a sub-group of committee members and co-opted experts.  This will include involving volunteers.
  • Report to the committee on progress with planning and implementation and any issues the committee could help with. 

We are recruiting to this role despite the COVID-19 emergency because it's important to our future. We would really like to hear from you if you're interested, even if the lockdown means we cannot meet in person. We could talk by phone or video link initially so you can find out more about the role and if it might be right for you. 

 

Skills

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, in a learning environment or in a voluntary capacity; 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. 


Benefits

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. 

Practical Considerations

This is a home-based role - with some external meetings and plenty of opportunities to spend time on the beach!

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 current 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.
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  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
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