WOS is looking for a new Trustee – could you help us promote bird conservation in Wales?

We are currently looking for a new trustee to join us on WOS Council. WOS supports birdwatchers, ornithologists and bird groups across Wales; it funds and publishes grass roots conservation research work – especially by young people – and it stands up for Welsh birds and wildlife via engagement with other conservation organisations, the Welsh Government and its agencies. WOS is Wales’ only solely-Welsh based organisation to do this.

The skills and experiences we’re looking for:

Naturally a love of birds and a desire to preserve our wildlife for future generations is a must. However, this is not a role that requires a high-level of birding/conservation knowledge and expertise or any previous trustee experience. If you’re young or new to birdwatching, don’t let that hold you back. You don’t have to be a current member of WOS to apply but, if you’re successful, you would then be expected to join the society.

We are looking in particular for someone to manage a proposed programme of online talks (10 talks a year) and WOS’ Facebook page to bring Welsh birds, their stories and their conservation to new, larger and more widespread audiences. In addition, working with a small team of other trustees, you’ll need to be able to take in information and share your opinion to inform the Council’s collective decisions on the day to day running and future direction of WOS.

The commitment required:

WOS Council normally meets three times a year – although it has met more frequently during the Covid pandemic. These are mainly held virtually/online but, when Covid restrictions allow, some may be held face to face. You have the option to claim any travelling expenses you incur. A commitment totalling a few hours a month will be required to conduct work outside these meetings.

Benefits to you:

As well as gaining experience of what it takes to help manage a small, charitable organisation we hope that becoming a trustee will add to your knowledge of birds and their conservation across the whole of Wales, introduce you to new networks of birders and conservationists and that you’ll feel your practical support for an organisation that aims to inspire and empower grass roots birding, is making a valuable and practical contribution to help safeguard birds and other wildlife in Wales.

Want to find out more?

Have a look across our website for more information about WOS https://birdsin.wales/ – you should be on there now! For more information about this role, do please contact Anne Brenchley, Chair of WOS at chair@birdsin.wales. The closing date for applications is October 31st, 2021 and the new Trustee will take office from the 2021 AGM on 6th November.

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