Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC042830

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is the only charity dedicated wholly to saving the UK's bumblebees.

Current vacancies

Fundraising Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Combination of remote working, videoconferencing and in person meetings.
  • Closing 29th February 2024

Join us to create a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued

This is your chance to be part of an organisation working with passionate people to deliver a positive impact on the environment.

The current Board has ten members, Trustees work together, and with the executive team, with a spirit of openness and trust. We recruit individuals skilled in their field to fulfil the Board’s governance role who are also passionate about nature, species conservation and bumblebees!

We’re very proud of our inclusive culture at the Trust – we care as much about what you have the potential to do as what you have already done, and we welcome applications from those who are new to trusteeship as well as those with previous experience. We want to hear how your lived experience will give us a better representation at Board level of the diverse audiences we seek to inspire to take action for bumblebees.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a science-led organisation established in 2006 because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years, our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.

Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. We have a vision to create a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued.

Our current five-year strategy, launched in April 2019, sets out four main aims to focus our work:

• Enhance the understanding of bumblebee ecology and conservation.

• Increase the quality and quantity of bumblebee habitat.

• Inspire and enable a diverse range of people to take action for bumblebees.

• Be an effective and sustainable organisation.

Our Head of Fundraising & Engagement is supported by a 20 strong team of fundraising, communications and volunteering professionals, with a fundraising culture embedded across the Trust. Funds are generated to support the core activities of the Trust and to enable the delivery of specific projects.

The Trust raises funds from a variety of primary sources: Grants - typically restricted for specific projects; Charitable trusts – for both core activities or projects; Legacies; Membership fees – from individuals/families and businesses; Donations – from individuals and businesses; Merchandise and Consultancy with Trust expert staff providing services to landowners, managers and developers.

The Trust is in a strong position with reserves to support our plans to continue to grow in a sustainable fashion and we are collectively working on developing the new strategy for launch in spring 2024. We currently employ 60 staff, in full and part time roles, with an annual turnover of ca. £1.5 - 2m. The work of the Trust is supported by 7,500 members. You can read more about our strategy and work at bumblebeeconservation.org

Background: A background in any or multiple areas of fundraising such as individual giving, community, corporate, trusts & foundations, major donors.

Role Summary:To assist the Board to see the bigger picture; to sit on the Fundraising & Engagement Committee and bring a fresh perspective to the Trust’s fundraising plans and strategies. Support the organisation’s digital transformation programme and support our engagement and fundraising teams to explore new opportunities and reach out to new diverse audiences.

If you feel you could contribute your skills and experience of fundraising to the strategic leadership of the Trust, then we would very much like to hear from you.

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Are you passionate about nature? Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help us reverse pollinator decline? The Trust is looking for a Trustee with experience in equity, diversity and inclusion and human resources to join our Board.

Trustees work well together, and with the executive team with a spirit of openness and trust. We recruit skilled individuals passionate about nature, species conservation and bumblebees. We’re very proud of our inclusive culture at the Trust – we care as much about what you have the potential to do as what you have already done and we welcome applications from those who are new to trusteeship as well as those with previous experience. We want to hear how your lived experience will give us a better representation of the diverse audiences we seek to inspire to take action for bumblebees.

With projects across the UK we look to have Trustees based in all the devolved nations and so are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals based outside England.

Background

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. Over the past century, UK bumblebee populations have declined and two species have become nationally extinct. The Trust is a science-based charity, concerned with halting and reversing the decline in bumblebees.

The Trust’s vision is to increase the number and distribution of bumblebees. To achieve this, the Trust has an agreed strategy working toward four main aims:

1. Enhance the understanding of bumblebee ecology and conservation.

2. Increase the quality and quantity of bumblebee habitat.

3. Inspire and enable a diverse range of people to take action for bumblebees.

4. Be an effective and sustainable organisation.

This is a voluntary position but offers an exciting opportunity to assist a dynamic charity to develop its conservation and science work in the UK.

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Individual Giving and Membership Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,250 – £24,500
  • Based at the Trust’s offices in Stirling
  • Closing 3rd September 2023

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our Individual Giving and Membership team. This is an exciting time for the charity as we transition to a new Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management database – the successful applicant will be key to shaping and continually improving our administration processes for memberships, donations and merchandise sales.

An experienced communicator, you will provide excellent customer service to the Trust’s members, donors and supporters and pride yourself on accurate efficient data processing.

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Science and Conservation Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Online with 1 in person meeting per year
  • Closing 16th April 2023

This is a voluntary position but offers an exciting opportunity to assist a dynamic charity to develop its conservation and science work in the UK.

Description: The Trust is looking for two Trustees with expertise in science and conservation to join our Board. Trustees work well together, and with the executive team with a spirit of openness and trust. We recruit individuals passionate about nature, species conservation and bumblebees. We’re very proud of our inclusive culture at the Trust – we care as much about what you have the potential to do as what you have already done, we want to hear how your lived experience will give us a better representation of the diverse audiences we seek to inspire to take action for bumblebees. We are keen to hear from people early in their careers as well as those well established.

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Individual Giving and Membership Assistant

  • Part time
  • £20,000 pro-rata
  • Stirling
  • Closing 17th April 2023

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to support the Individual Giving Team with membership administration and fundraising tasks. You will provide an excellent customer service experience to the Trust’s members, donors and supporters and play a key role in the efficient administration of the membership lifecycle (set up, renewal and terminations) plus processing of donations and merchandise sales.

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Senior Fundraising Communications Officer

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Stirling or Eastleigh, hybrid, or be home-based.
  • Closing 19th February 2023

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to work across the Fundraising & Engagement team to ensure high quality messages and resources are available to all fundraisers (staff and supporters). You will also play a key role in the strategic digital transformation the Trust is currently carrying out (involving a new CRM, e-marketing software and website).

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Individual Giving Manager

  • Full time
  • £32,000
  • Blend of home and office in Stirling
  • Closing 17th October 2021

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is looking for a full-time Individual Giving Manager to play a leading and hands on role in the growth of the charity.

You will be responsible for designing and implementing stewardship plans to enhance our overall supporter experience and donor journey, and grow our income across individual giving, legacy, in memorandum, and membership activity.

The Trust is currently undertaking a review of our digital systems, including our CRM and website. Working closely with the fundraising and engagement teams, you will play a key role in ensuring the smooth transition between systems and the adoption of new digital fundraising opportunities.

You will be an experienced, proactive and creative fundraiser with a proven track record in generating significant fundraising income and achieving income targets.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for more details of the role.

This is a full-time, permanent position, partially homebased and partially based from the Trust’s offices in Stirling, where the Individual Giving team is based – the exact split between home and office is negotiable. Benefits include: 8% employer pension contribution, flexible working, death in service benefit, and well-being support via Health Assured's Employee Assistance Programme.

The Trust recruits, employs, trains and promotes regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, disability, age, and other protected status.

At the Trust, we have a clear goal: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. We pride ourselves on reaching for our vision – to reverse the decline in bumblebees, through the hard work and dedication of our passionate and creative employees.

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