Become an RSPB Youth Council Member

We're looking for people who are passionate about the natural world. You don't need to be an expert - the only thing that matters is that you have a deep care for nature and the drive to preserve it!

The Youth Council walking on a path in a field surrounded by hills
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Who are the RSPB Youth Council

The RSPB Youth Council are a group of young people from diverse backgrounds across the UK who want to represent the voice of the next generation and further the RSPB’s goal of preserving and restoring nature. Young people play a vital role in the RSPB's work and the preservation of our environment, and we deserve to have a say in the action we take to protect our planet.

We are focused on creating a sense of solidarity and optimism through our work, empowering people to make change for themselves, their communities and nature. We advise the RSPB on how they can run their work in a way that empowers young people, work on our own projects to uplift the voices of young environmentalists and attend events where we speak up about our experiences and the importance of sharing our stories.

The Youth Council grouped together to take a selfie amongst the hills

Seeking young voices

We're looking for people who are passionate about the natural world. You don't need to be an expert - the only thing that matters is that you have a deep care for nature and the drive to preserve it!

As a Youth Council member, you'll need to work as a part of a team with a group of other young people, as well as intergenerationally, to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas on important topics.

You will need to think creatively, proposing innovative ideas to the group which we hope can be turned into tangible projects. In the Youth Council, we always approach our projects with the hope to inspire other people and ourselves to continue fighting for our world. Our creativity and playfulness are what keep us going!

As a Youth Council member, you will have the chance to take part in campaigns, create content for the RSPB, represent the organisation at events, sit on the committees to voice your opinions, and take many other actions for nature.

From writing articles to hosting events, networking with other young environmentalists, and influencing change in the organisation and beyond, joining the Youth Council is a great chance to grow as an activist and join forces with many amazing people and organisations.

The Youth Council holding hand painted signs at a protest.

Being a part of the Youth Council is a fantastic opportunity to harness your skills as an activist – such as public speaking, networking and communication – and connect with other inspiring young environmentalists, as you can see in this quote from one of our Youth Council members, Lisa:

Applying to join the RSPB's Youth Council is one of the best things I have ever done, it has allowed me to meet amazing like-minded individuals and work not only within a leading environmental organisation but also collaborate with other organisations across the UK, through projects such as the 'Our Beautiful Wild' film. Joining as a member of the Youth Council has opened an endless stream of opportunities and doors!"

Join the RSPB Youth Council

This opportunity is open to any young person aged 16-24 across the UK. We have also reserved two posts specifically for one Northern Irish and one Welsh representative. We especially encourage applications from people of colour, disabled and neurodivergent people and people from working-class backgrounds, as well as those from other marginalised communities, as we recognise that they are currently underrepresented in our Youth Council.

If you are interested in joining the team, please fill out this application form and/or send an application video no longer than 10 minutes to youthcouncil@rspb.org.uk. You must turn 16 by 1st April 2024 to apply.

If you experience any issues, or have any further enquiries or accessibility requirements, don't hesitate to get in touch via youthcouncil@rspb.org.uk or contact Youth Mobilisation Officer, Emily Major, directly via this email: emily.major@rspb.org.uk.

Applications are open from Friday 26th January until Sunday 25th February at 11:59pm. Initial decisions will be made by 4th March, and, if successful, you will be invited to interview in the following weeks. We look forward to hearing from you!

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