Neil Anderson who has organised and led the London Bird Club (LBC) coach trips wishes to step down from organising the coach trips following the AGM in November 2016. He has very kindly agreed to stay on as a coach trip leader but would like someone to take on the administration. There are usually 4 coach trips a year.
The coach trip administrator is not required to see people off on the day or join any of the coach trips. But the role would suit someone who enjoys participating in one or more of the coach trips.
- Liaise with coach trip leader on dates and sites, book coach and coordinate with nature reserve staff.
- Provide information for the quarterly London Natural History Society (LNHS) newsletter, the twice yearly LNHS printed programme and programme on the website.
- Liaise with the LNHS and LBC social media channel managers to publicise it on social media. It would be very helpful to also publicise the coach trips on online event listings (e.g. BMNH website).
- Collect money from people signing up. It will be helpful to build an email list of people who sign up on coach trips to help send reminders on future trips.
- Provide a brief update to the thrice yearly LBC committee meetings and AGM and a brief report of the year’s coach trips to the annual committee report in the ‘London Naturalist’, the society’s annual journal.
- Many committee members use their private Facebook and Twitter accounts to publicise LNHS and LBC events. This not obligatory, although convenient. If you are interested, but not familiar with social media other committee members will help you to get started.
Who should apply?
No technical knowledge is required. Anyone with time and enthusiasm to help the LNHS and LBC maintain its varied and highly active programme would be welcome. The role is not too onerous. For someone looking to build out a CV for work in conservation or wildlife tourism, the role does allow opportunities to engage with people in conservation and develop work skills in dealing with people, committees and the public. The LBC would like to hear from people who can handle at least 2-3 years of volunteering (around 12 coach trips) as like most volunteer organisations it has limited capacity to handle turnover from people only taking on short term assignments.