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Community Volunteer Coordinator

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Fixed Term
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve
Closing date:
02 November 2021 at midday
Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is passionate about providing high quality services to our communities, residents and businesses and this means we need to employ and retain the most talented and dedicated people. Situated within the heart of the Cambridge-Peterborough Growth Area, Huntingdonshire is a beautiful district that boasts thriving market towns and many attractive villages, each with its own identity. We are an innovative and forward-thinking Local Authority whose residents are at the heart of our decision making.

Are you a people person with a positive outlook who is passionate about volunteers and community involvement? Do you have excellent organisational and computer skills with an eye for detail to manage volunteer enquiries, carry out interviews and inductions and gather records as well as co-ordinate a team of volunteers to man a busy nature reserve visitor centre? Are you a strong self-starter who could confidently engage with communities around existing countryside sites to develop Friends Groups and organise community planting schemes and litter picks?

HDC's Countryside Service is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person with excellent communication skills who enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds to become a Community Volunteer Coordinator on a 2-year fixed-term contract for 19.5 hours per week. This is a key role in recruiting, training and retaining volunteers to play an active role in all aspects of our countryside parks and nature reserves. Although you will be predominantly office based, travelling to these sites to meet and induct volunteers as well as to engage with community groups will be necessary.

Each year around 6000 hours are worked by over 150 Countryside volunteers in numerous roles including the provision of refreshments at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, carrying out practical work, undertaking surveys, leading walks and talks or helping with events and school visits. We are looking for someone who can identify and work towards common goals, lead groups and influence their decision making. The post holder needs to be able to be self-motivated and have excellent time management skills as they will need to be both part of a team but comfortable working on their own.

Based at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, the successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring shop rotas are filled and communication between the volunteers is maintained through regular newsletters and volunteer training or socials. These excellent communication skills will also be essential in maintaining high standards of customer service when answering visitor’s questions or providing training and educational opportunities.

This position will suit an innovative, resourceful, outgoing “people person” with a flexible attitude to work as weekend and evening work will occasionally be required in order to meet with our bank of volunteers. We are flexible as to how the 19.5 hours a week are worked although our preference is that this is over 4-5 days per week, with a minimum of 4 hours per day in order to meet the needs of the service. If you would like to discuss work patterns in more details and how we can accommodate any needs please do let us know.

A full driving licence is essential. Please note that this role is also subject to a DBS check.

For informal enquiries please contact Countryside Development Officer Kirsty Drew on 07810 637546 or email

We want to employ staff who embody our icare values (Inspiring, Collaborative, Accountable, Respectful, Enterprising) all of which support our ultimate purpose of putting our customers first.

TO APPLY A full job description along with details of how to apply can be downloaded from our website at

Should you have any additional questions regarding submitting an application, please contact our Recruitment Business Partner

Closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 2nd November at midday and interviews will be held on Thursday 11th November.
Please note that the official closing date is as above and will be the correct date. Some third party websites may have different dates so please always refer to the HDC website for the official closing date to ensure you do not miss out on applying.
In Countryside Services staff are currently splitting their time with working on sites and as well as working from home on occasion.

At HDC we seek to employ candidates from a range of backgrounds in order to bring diversity of thought and make our organisation more innovative. We are seeking candidates who are looking for their next permanent opportunity on a full time basis. We are a supportive employer enabling our staff to work in an environment that produces high standards of work in an employee led environment. We also offer a highly competitive Local Government Pension Scheme and provide an array of services, networks and training to support your health and wellbeing as well as generous holiday entitlement dependent upon length of service.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our recruitment and along with our values we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.


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