Fundraising Apprentice – Level 3

  • Job Reference: 165472_RB
  • Date Posted: 9 May 2024
  • Recruiter: RSPB
  • Location: Flexible in England
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £23,401 to £24,890
  • Bonus/Benefits: - rising to £24,890.00 and £26,720.00 once training is completed.
  • Sector: Advert / Media / Entertainment, Community & Sport, Consulting & Corporate Strategy, Retail & Consumer Products, Sales & Marketing & PR, Charity
  • Job Type: Contract, Permanent, Apprenticeship, Full Time, Placement, Training

Job Description

Are you looking for a fulfilling career in Fundraising? The Level 3 Fundraiser Apprenticeship is a new and exciting route into the world of fundraising and the RSPB are delighted to be on the lookout for an apprentice to join our dynamic fundraising team. This opportunity is only available in England.

Location: Flexible in England
Salary: £23,401.00 - £24,890.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days annual leave

The training you will undertake from this 13-month course coupled with the RSPB induction programme and on-the-job learning will provide you with the skills, behaviours, and knowledge to identify, build and maintain relationships to raise financial (such as funds) and non-financial support (such as raising awareness) for the RSPB.

About the RSPB

The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so that our towns, coast and countryside will once again teem with life.

About the Role

Did you know that one-third of the RSPB's income comes from memberships? Our members are the backbone of our work, providing essential support through their generous donations which helps us in our efforts to give nature the home it deserves.

Through your studies/coaching and mentorship you will learn to engage in meaningful conversations to highlight the benefits of becoming an RSPB member and showcase how their contributions make a significant impact on our conservation efforts. The role will involve working 3 out of 4 weekends.


  • Each day you will travel to different venues in your RSPB van, set up an attractive fundraising stand, and spend the day actively engaging with members of the public, spreading awareness about our conservation efforts and generating new RSPB memberships via direct debits.
  • You will attend regular meetings with your Area Manager and regional Teams and either virtually or on occasions in person. You will undertake your course virtually.
  • You will have 6 hours per week dedicated to study, which would be in addition to your development day where you will undertake training and development to further support you in your role.


  • Comprehensive training provided both by the RSPB and the training providers - The course is designed to fit around your professional commitments, while providing you with a supportive one-to-one coaching relationship normally reserved for senior executives. - Your Professional Development Expert will work with you over 13 months to support you to complete the Diploma. They are your own personal coach!
  • Company van with fuel and parking costs covered.
  • Competitive salary of between £24,890.00 and £26,720.00 once training is completed.
  • 34 days of annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • Employee Assistance Program. We believe that fostering employee wellbeing is good for our employees and for the RSPB. We actively engage with our workforce on wellbeing and offer an employee assistance program offering confidential counselling and advice.
  • Upon completion you will be awarded a Level 3 Apprenticeship Certificate in Fundraising.

You will also have opportunity to meet other apprentices, learn about ethical fundraising, learn what motivates people to donate, understand how storytelling works in fundraising, gain understanding on how to build rapport and trust. Your apprenticeship course and working with our existing fundraisers will help you develop the necessary skills in how to fundraise successfully.


  • Driver's license valid for use in the UK.
  • Willingness to work 3 out of 4 weekends.
  • Ability to work outdoors and independently - One day you could be outside a store on the Highstreets, the next at one of our reserves. Wherever you will be working for the day you will have 4 weeks’ notice in advance. Initially you will be teamed up with a buddy but eventually you will work alone.
  • GCSC (English and Math's) – preferable. If not, you will be expected to do an additional functional skills element to your apprenticeship.

Additional Information

  • We can offer 4 and 5 working day contacts.
  • Opportunities currently available in Oxford, Hampshire and Lancashire/Cumbria. More locations to be confirmed.
  • Course Launch date – 18th of September 2024
  • We will need you to apply straight way and in the interim you will undertake the RSPB training and induction, meet the team, and get all that you need before you start your course.

Closing date: 23:59, Sunday 26th May 2024 
Please note: We are actively recruiting- interviews will be conducted as soon as applications come in. We reserve the right to close this advert at any time!


If you would like to find out more, please click the apply button. You will be directed to our website to complete your application for this position.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side.

You will be required to upload a CV and complete a short application form. Please include a cover letter on the same document as your CV explaining why you are interested in this opportunity.

No agencies please.