Part-Time Digital Community Organiser (Fixed-Term)

3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Employment type
£28420 - £31529 per annum

Digital Community Organiser – our new online community organising role at the RSPB

The RSPB is developing new ways of working alongside communities in the UK. Our new approach uses community organising techniques in order to support communities to build their own power whilst connecting with nature and taking action in a meaningful way. This role will be testing this approach across the UK in an online space.

Through our Nature on Your Doorstep project, this role will work alongside other community organisers, volunteers, RSPB area teams and the UKHQ Community Team to co-design and test a new community organising framework, resources and monitoring and evaluation methodology. This will ensure that our work has impact and that those teams working in communities are supported in the future. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a very explorative space, with a wonderful network of internal teams and other organisations across sectors. The RSPB are looking for someone with a passion for building community power for the benefit of people, place and planet.

The role will require scoping out existing online communities and RSPB communities. These communities will be primarily have an interest in wildlife gardening but may include groups with aligned interests. This role will be focused on building relationships with online groups and networks across the UK, connecting them to RSPB resources, communities, and most importantly connecting them to each other, where relevant, to assist and amplify shared action and goals across online networks. The person in role will then build a relationship with the community leaders, listening to their needs and gain an understanding of their area of interest. The Digital Community Organiser will have excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to adapt to different audiences and handle challenging conversations.

Through the process of co-design, and in the true spirit of community organising, the role will then facilitate the community themselves to run a programme of activities that enables them to connect with and act for nature. The role will explore the use of a supportive community network, including volunteers, community leaders and local partners. Reflective practise will occur throughout, feeding into the ongoing plan of activities and resources as well as informing the evolving community organising framework. From the beginning we will have in mind that we want to build confidence and capability in the community and their leaders so that ultimately, we can step away from the community apart from light touch support, promoting and celebrating their successes.

Key Work Areas

1. Using research from social listening & other tools to understand the needs, challenges and how communities are influenced online.
2. Testing a Community Organising approach using a variety of techniques including participatory & reflective methods.
3. Designing a monitoring & evaluation plan aligned with our new Community Organising Framework.
4. Understanding the needs of identified UK online communities by using techniques such as listening & mapping exercises.
5. Supporting community leaders to develop a sustainable delivery plan to meet the needs of their community.
6. Identifying needed resources; sign posting to existing resources and/or co-designing any additional resources.
7. Helping develop a digital community organising approach that contributes to our overall online community strategy.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

1. Expertise of working with online community platforms such as web communities, Facebook or NextDoor.
2. Expertise of using online communications tools such as WhatsApp, Slack, Discord, Microsoft Teams, Zoom.
3. Practical experience of community organising.
4. Excellent interpersonal skills both digitally and face to face and the ability to enthuse and motivate others.
5. Strong people management skills and the ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders, peers and colleagues.
6. Effective written and communication skills.
7. Initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently and/or through a support team.
8. Strong planning and organisational skills.
9. Experience of delivering targets and monitoring, evaluating and reporting outcomes.
10. Experience of and ability to understand, conceptualise and interpret the technical requirements of staff, volunteers and other stakeholders.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

1. Volunteer recruitment and support.
2. Financial skills, sufficient to monitor expenditure, where appropriate.
3. Able to perform administrative tasks and to deliver accurate reporting to given timescales.
4. Experience of working with partnership networks.
5. Mediation training.
6. Good basic knowledge of UK wildlife, habitats and key species.
7. Knowledge of wildlife gardening but can also sign post to our experts and resources.
8. Understanding of relevant legal requirements, organisational policies and procedures relative to the role, and the quality outputs and standards required.

This is a Fixed-Term contract for 2 years, Part-Time for 30 hours per week. The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 15th August 2022. For further information please contact

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert. Please note that we are actively recruiting for this vacancy, and reserve the right to close once sufficient applications have been received.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly