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We’re Hiring #2! – Steaming Ahead Volunteer Co-ordinator

Steaming Ahead Volunteer Co-ordinator

Job specification

Contract: 3 years
Hours: 2 days a week
Salary: £8,800 p/a

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) is a largely volunteer run organisation with around 400 volunteers. We are currently delivering a Heritage Lottery funded project called Steaming Ahead which will see major re-development at the site. The project will see a new steam engineering facility with public viewing gallery, a new entrance and public engagement space at the Museum of Scottish Railways and improved access throughout the site. An exciting programme of activities will be delivered as part of this project.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person to join our team to develop, deliver and monitor our volunteer offer outlined in the project’s Volunteer Development Plan. During the initial period of the post, the post holder will play an important role in developing the Volunteer Policy and recruitment process, consulting with programme partners and the local community.

The post holder will work alongside the project staff, the Business Development Manager, the Museum Director and key volunteers.

The post is grant funded for 3 years

Key responsibilities:

1. To support the key aspects of the Volunteer Development Plan, in line with the overall project Activity Plan
2. To engage with our current volunteers and support them to help implement a programme of activities for the duration of the project.
3. Review and revise policies and procedures for volunteers as necessary, ensuring they are comprehensive and up to date with best practice guidelines.
4. Identify and attract new volunteers to the site to support the project activities and work alongside current volunteers
5. Undertake marketing to promote volunteer opportunities including developing social media activity, writing press releases and articles for the member and volunteer newsletters
6. Work alongside SRPS staff and volunteers to develop local community relations
7. Develop and oversee formal and informal training opportunities for volunteers to support them in delivering activities for identified audiences, including older people, families, young people and railway enthusiasts.
8. Work with identified project partners on the successful rollout of key project areas
9. Support volunteers in delivering the elements required for the successful rollout of the Inspiring Young Futures Programme
10. Support volunteers in delivering the elements required for the successful rollout of the Railway Memories Programme
11. Liaise with the Activity Co-ordinator and evaluation consultants on key performance indicators including volunteer hours.
12. Liaise with relevant staff and volunteers at SRPS
13. Other duties as required

Occasional weekend and evening work will be required and the Volunteer Co-ordinator will be expected to take a flexible approach to duties and work as part of a small team of staff. This post is subject to a successful Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme check. An annual salary review will be undertaken.

Qualifications and experience

Essential
1. Educated to degree level or equivalent
2. Experience of working within a museum, gallery or visitor attraction environment
3. Experience of working with volunteers and co-ordinating volunteer groups
4. A knowledge of recruitment and induction policies and procedures for volunteers
5. Experience of managing volunteer groups to support formal and informal learning activities for a wide range of audiences
6. Experience of working with a number of partners to deliver collaborative projects
7. Flexible confident approach with the ability to work as part of a team
8. Experience of working on own initiative with an agreed work programme
9. Good understanding of basic IT systems and an ability to prepare written reports and programmes

Desirable
1. Have an interest in industrial heritage
2. Have experience of marketing and social media activity
3. Have experience in project evaluation and report writing
4. Strategic planning experience and skills
5. Experience of working to the requirements of HLF or similar project

To Apply:
Applicants should send a recent CV and covering letter showing experience and skills relevant to this opportunity. Applications to be sent to Becky Peacock, Museum Director; becky.peacock@srps.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 15th July 2021 by 5pm

Steaming Ahead Project Information
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) was founded in 1961, at a time when rapid change was sweeping away much of the infrastructure of the Victorian railways. The Society has been built into the Four-Star visitor attraction it is today through the drive and passion of committed volunteers, members and staff. The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway allows the collections to be seen in operation in an authentic environment – Scotland’s railway history is truly alive at Bo’ness, from the best of Victorian engineering all the way through to the results of post war modernisation. Long established within the local community of Bo’ness, Falkirk District, SRPS is made up of:

1. Museum of Scottish Railways
2. Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway
3. SRPS Railtours

Steaming Ahead is an ambitious project that will focus on the Society’s steam locomotive collection with the core aim of transferring skills and knowledge to the next generation through activities and training for volunteers, trainees and apprentices in a newly erected steam engineering facility. The new steam facility will provide an opportunity for visitors to observe the work of staff and volunteers from a public viewing gallery. It will be the focus of new interactive interpretation and detailed information on the work being carried out on the locomotives. It will also provide much improved working conditions and opportunities for the volunteers and greater protection for the steam locomotive collection. This project will create a new, shorter visitor trail around the site connecting visitors from the station platform to the new steam shed and onto the Museum of Scottish Railways. The museum will have a new entrance installed which will provide a much-needed heated reception and visitor engagement area with refreshments. A range of different types of interpretation will be developed for visitors along the trail and in the new facilities. A comprehensive programme of activities will be scheduled for visitors and volunteers and it is anticipated that this project will see an increase in local visitors and those from further afield.

Programme of activities
The activities are built into 2 main programmes:
1. Inspiring Young Futures which will see the provision of a wide range of activities for pre-school to 25 years to engage with SRPS. The programme is designed as a chain and young people can embark on a pathway which has the potential to lead from one opportunity to another. Examples of activities include, story-telling sessions, using the site’s facilities to connect with local community groups, working with local schools to programme STEM themed sessions and promote SRPS as a STEM Ambassador. Working with partners such Falkirk Community Trust to deliver joint community engagement activities will form a substantial part of the programme.

2. Railway Memories which will see the delivery of a programme of activities for the older population within the Bo’ness community. Working in collaboration with partners and existing groups in the area will support the delivery of oral history, reminiscence and inter-generational sessions.

Other activities will include talks, demonstrations and tours of the new steam shed. In addition, forging strong links with the local community and promoting community engagement will be a strong element of the Steaming Ahead project.