- You'll recruit volunteers, train them and organise their duties, normally for charities or community organisations
- Many posts are part time, and you may need to work evenings and weekends
- Rewarding work, with opportunities to progress into community work, event management or charity management
As a volunteer organiser you'll be responsible for managing groups of volunteers who offer help to charities and community organisations.
- Designing recruitment activities to attract volunteers
- Interviewing volunteers and conducting risk assessments
- Matching people to vacancies, arranging or delivering training
- Giving ongoing coaching and support
- Working with other agencies
- Keeping records up to date, including databases
Many volunteer organiser posts are part-time but with some organisations, you may need to cover weekends and evenings.
You'll normally be mainly office-based, but in some roles (like conservation or sports related volunteering) you may spend time outdoors with your volunteers. You may also need to travel to attend meetings with other organisations and to visit volunteers.
You'll need IT skills, excellent speaking, writing and presentation skills, the ability to get on with a wide range of people, the ability to lead and motivate others, team-working skills and the ability to develop contacts in organisations, administrative and organisational skills, and good maths skills for budgeting and keeping accounts.
Some employers may ask for an HND, foundation degree, or degree in a relevant subject like a social science.
You'll also need a good understanding of the voluntary sector, usually gained by volunteering.
You could get into this role without qualifications, particularly if you've volunteered yourself, coordinated projects or mentored new volunteers.
A driving licence and use of a vehicle may be helpful in some roles.
You'll normally need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service - your employer will arrange this for you.
With experience you could find work with private organisations or with a sports club, in events, or at festivals. You could also move into related careers, like youth and community work, recruitment, social work or charity fundraising.