RSPB • Arne

Part Time - Marketing and Communications Assistant - (Fixed Term)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £19305 - £21417 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description


This part-time role is an exciting opportunity to join the team at RSPB Arne.

RSPB Arne is a beautiful site consisting of a patchwork of habitats. Although famous for its dry and wet lowland heath you can also find ancient oak woodland, farmland, reedbed, mudflats, scrub, wet woodland, acid grassland and even sandy beaches. Spanning over 600 hectares this mix of habitats is one of the reasons that Arne is home to such a huge variety of species. The lowland heathland offers homes for reptiles and rare insects and Arne remains one of the few places in the UK where all six of the UK's native reptiles can be found. Situated on Poole Harbour and within the Dorset Area of Natural Beauty it really is a stunning place.

This is a Hybrid role working both on site and from home if desired and as agreed with line manager

What's the role about?

The successful candidate will support the site team to develop conservation communications via a variety of media which support the delivery of RSPB messages and objectives. You will be a team player who enjoys the challenge of working to tight deadlines, managing your time effectively to meet targets alongside day to day tasks and activities.

You will

  • Communicate using RSPB brand values and guidelines to ensure that the RSPB brand is presented consistently and correctly.
  • Monitor site social media accounts to identify response to, and outcomes from, communications activities.
  • Build and maintain constructive relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders to enable effective communication and so that the RSPB is represented in a positive manner.
  • Support the site team to market events, activities and the reserve as a destination
  • Complete all tasks in compliance with RSPB policy to minimise organisational risk.
  • Implement the site communications plan in conjunction with the Visitor Operations Manager and the designated Communications Officer

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

Competent use of MS Office applications.

Good verbal and written communication skills.

Good working knowledge of Facebook and Twitter

Enthusiastic approach to work.

Ability to respond positively to colleagues and customers’ needs and feedback.

Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships.

Ability to work well as part of a team.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

Interest in nature conservation.

Experience of working in an office environment.

Ability to prioritise workload within given parameters.

Problem solving skills.

Ability to work on own initiative.

This is a 12 month Fixed-Term Part-Time role for 10 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 mid march.

For further information please contact email lesley.gorman@RSPB.org.uk

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

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

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

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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