Volunteer Co-ordinator

Organisation: Scottish Canals

Salary: 25700

Location: Inverness

Scottish Canals are dedicated to to safeguarding Scotland’s crucial canal heritage whilst stimulating business growth, job creation and income generation by helping to create stronger communities, attract new customers and income and working with and through empowered and motivated people.

In partnership with NatureScot and funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), we have a 6 month fixed term opportunity for a Volunteer Co-ordinator to join our Placemaking team to support the organisation in engaging with local communities, volunteers, partners and stakeholders to deliver a volunteer programme based around the Canal network in Inverness.

As Volunteer Coordinator you will be based primarily in The Treehouse, our newly built social, training and activity hub located at the Muirtown Basin in Inverness.
You will manage, lead, coach and develop volunteer group leaders and volunteers for various roles and tasks within Scottish Canals and will work to promote volunteering in general.

As this is a new role, there is an opportunity to be flexible in developing the role and as such you will be a highly organised, driven self-starter with ability to operate independently.

The role is offered on a fixed term basis and attracts a salary of £25,700 p.a. (pay award pending).

The post is Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week although some flexibility may be required for special projects.

Scottish Canals also offers flexible working, a generous annual leave entitlement along with enhanced company sick pay, discounted shopping vouchers, and a contributory pension scheme with up to a 10% employer contribution.

Primary responsibilities of the role:

The Volunteer Coordinator will develop and deliver Local Volunteer Action Plans by working Asset Management and Operational teams to develop core work packages for volunteers to deliver;

Work with established community group including the Friends of Merkinch Local
Nature Reserve and other partners where appropriate.

Establish a volunteering strategy and programme of engagement activity for community outreach in the area based on the opportunity provided by the Tree House building from its base in the Merkinch and South Kessock community

Liaising with partner groups to develop activities and events throughout the local Scottish Canals network, working in partnership with corporate and individual groups and bodies to support delivery of canal based maintenance and related activities.​​​​​​​

Engagement and talks with Schools to take young people into the greenspace

Skills and employment development through volunteering and awards e.g. John Muir Award for Conservation

Guiding the Volunteers to enable them to work safely to defined standards for the activities they will be involved in completing all relevant registration and safety related documentation.

Skills and Experience:

Experience of working within relevant environment e.g canals / waterways.
Experience of leading a team or Volunteer group.
Good numeracy and literacy skills.
Relevant experience of working with Volunteers and young people.
Relevant awareness of working with individuals or groups with special needs.
Relevant heritage and environmental awareness.
Full clean driving licence
Experience of working with contractors etc
The post holder will have good organisational skills, be an effective communicator and work well as part of a team with a positive attitude and work well as part of a team.

Application Deadline: Saturday 07/01/2023