Volunteer with XR UK

We are looking for several people to join our UK working groups, across a number of different roles. Please read through the role descriptions below, and fill in this form to express your interest.

Our aim is to build a mass participatory movement. We want everyone to be involved. At the same time, we anticipate there will be a large number of responses for every role listed below. It might take us a while, but we will endeavour to help everyone who responds to this form to identify how best they can participate in the movement.

This is our fifth round of volunteer call outs. If you have applied for roles previously and have not yet heard back from the relevant Working Group, please feel free to apply again here.

Everyone who works with XR does so as a volunteer. We have a system in place that can provide volunteers with essential living expenses, when funding is available. You can read more about how this system works, and why we use it, in this google doc. A specific conversation about living expenses can be organised later, so please don’t let financial restrictions prevent you from filling in the form at this stage.

If you have any questions about this process, you can contact us at xr_integration@protonmail.com.

Governance Support

Working group: Finance

Role Description: To liaise with Budget Holders and Budget Controllers to help them with their budgets – providing hands on support, induction & answering questions.

To support and develop the budget process, making changes in the light of feedback.

To work with colleagues in Finance to ensure that systems and processes are fit for a Rebellion.

To support the mid monthly informal Finance/Budget Holders KIT meetings and end of month formal meetings ensuring that paperwork is ready, people know about the call, invitations and reminders are sent, an agenda is available and decisions on spend can be properly taken.

To respond to enquiries about the budget, financial integrity, policies etc as a member of the Finance Team.

To help ensure that Finance information is up to date eg roles and mandates, lists of Budget Holders and Budget Controllers.

To update the Finance process document as needed in light of changes.

To act as a link between Finance and Fundraising.

Time Commitment: Minimum 3 days per week, hours flexible.

Location: Remote.

Application Deadline:

London Office Support

Role Description: We are building a team for the next few months to manage the London Office. Responsibilities include managing resources such as tea, coffee and bathroom supplies; ensuring the space is maintained; manning the reception desk to welcome visitors and new rebels; setting up a shared childcare space and making sure the office is a regenerative environment for all!

Time commitment: We are looking for a team to share the duties but we would love volunteers to be able to come into the office at least one full day per week.

Location: London

Application Deadline:

Arrestee Support (Legal Support Team)

Working group: Legal Support Team

Role Description: This arrestee support role is perfect for someone who is comfortable chatting and reaching out to people but also enjoys independent work. This role is vital to the success of our team and the wellbeing of XR arrestees, defendants and activists. The responsibilities include (1) adminstrative support: information collation, managing the email inbox and data entry (2) supporting individuals: calls with arrestees and attending court to be there for defendants.

Time commitment: At least one day per week

Location: London

Application Deadline:

Legal Observer and Action Day Support

Working group: Legal Support Team

Role Description: This position provides essential support on action days and the build up to them. It will include some emailing and data collation work. You will also attend action meetings as the Legal Support Team representative. However, most of the support will take place on the day of the event where you will coordinate with trained legal observers to ensure that they are in the right place and have been provided with the correct equipment. This role will also entail manning an phone line on action days to track updates on arrests and police action. It is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the action if you are less interested in getting arrested.

Time commitment: Several days per week, including on action days which are often on weekends and attending meetings which may be mid week.

Location: London

Application Deadline:

XR UK Actions Travel Coordinator

Working group: Movement > Community > Regional Development

Role Description: Organising and co-ordinating all aspects of coach travel to XR UK Actions. Liaising with local and regional XR groups about coach travel. Exploring the most financially-efficient options to achieve the objective. Liaising with the Finance Group to ensure travel costs are kept within the agreed budget. Organising a system for welfare of passengers. Liaising with Media & Messaging to design a promotion method for the tickets to sell. Defining a system & procedure for coach bookings.

Time Commitment: 8 to 16 hours across the week in March, 16 to 24 hours across the week in April

Location: Remote

Application Deadline:

Mass Emailer

Working group: Tech team

Role Description: To monitor the Email Requests inbox where working groups will send drafts of emails they wish to send out to part of the mailing list. Role requires the use of email and the internet on a daily basis and basic understanding of AND / OR logic.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per day

Location: Remote

Application Deadline:

Action Network Expert

Working group: Tech team

Role Description: To work with the Action Network system to sort data, ensure the ladders remain up to date as new local groups form and to create forms to gather information for the Working Groups. Some previous experience with the Action Network is desired although a tech mind and experience of other CRM systems.

Time commitment: Flexible hours with at least 2 days a week available.

Location: Remote

Application Deadline:

Midlands Region Coordinators

Working group: Regional Development

Role Description: Looking for 4 organised people to build relationships with the local groups forming across the Midlands, provide support to them such as organising trainings for members and talks. To act as a friendly face and communication channel between local groups.

Time commitment: Flexible hours but this is a large role and you will need to have several days per week to give!

Location: The Midlands

Application Deadline:

London Region Coordinators

Working group: Regional Development

Role Description: Looking for 10 people to build relationships with the local groups forming across London, provide support to them such as organising trainings for members and talks. To act as a friendly face and communication channel between local groups.

Time commitment: Flexible hours but this is a large role and you will need to have several days per week to give!

Location: London. We will aim to have 2 people in each area (N, S, E, W & Central)

Application Deadline:

Wales Region Coordinator

Working group: Regional Development

Role Description: Looking for 4 organised people to build relationships with the local groups forming across Wales, provide support to them such as organising trainings for members and talks. To act as a friendly face and communication channel between local groups.

Time commitment: Flexible hours but this is a large role and you will need to have several days to give!

Application Deadline:

XR People’s Assemblies Working Group Organiser

Working group: Political>People’s Assemblies

Role Description:

  • Organising and coordinating people’s assemblies across the UK
  • Liaising with local,regional and international XR groups about people’s assemblies
  • Exploring facilitation options for the assemblies and key questions
  • Communicating the importance of People’s Assemblies as part of XR UK strategy
  • Organising facilitation trainings on how to run assemblies
  • Coordinating with the Actions Strategy group to encourage that People’s Assemblies play a role in future mass actions

Looking for (ideal):

  • Experience in running assemblies
  • Experience in participatory democracy and people’s assemblies
  • Understand what it means to be unbiased and nonpartisan and see an issue from both sides
  • Aware of how important this will be for communities coming together in the wake of climate breakdown

Further Information:
XR People’s Assemblies Handbook
Rebellion Day, Westminster Bridge People’s Assembly Write Up

Time Commitment: 8+ hours per week. Flexible to travel to different parts of the country (with expenses).

Location: Remote working. Southwest for initial trainings.

Application Deadline:

XR Facebook page moderators

Working group: Reactive team within communities

Role Description: Role 1 To moderate comments and livestreams on the main Extinction Rebellion Facebook page. Role 2 To moderate posts and comments on the XR Volunteers Facebook page, vet and accept membership requests and help to keep the mandate of the page on course.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week minimum

Location: Can be done remotely from anywhere! All that’s needed is a computer and internet access.

Application Deadline:

XR Reactive Email Team Members

Working group: Reactive team within communities

Role Description: To read and respond to emails that come in to the main Extinction Rebellion email address. Very varied and interesting role with good communication skills vital.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week minimum

Location: Can be done remotely from anywhere! All that’s needed is a computer and internet access.

Application Deadline:

Well-Being Coordinator for Rebellion Week

Working group: Regenerative Culture

Role Description: Help with on the ground co-ordination of Well-Being during Rebellion Week in April in London.
You will:

  • be an active part of the well-being teams on the day during the actions
  • facilitate the morning well-being briefings
  • help with outreach before the event
  • communicate with other well-being co-ords and teams throughout the event
  • coordinate a team of up to 10 well being people during event

Skills: Compassionate, Proactive, Good Communication, Organised. Would preferably have experience of doing Well-Being, or something similar.

Time commitment: 8 hrs a week until the 15th April. Must be able to do full day (10hr) shifts in London for at least 5 days of Rebellion Week. Preferably have time and are in London the weeks before and after Rebellion Week as well.

Location: London during Rebellion Week (15th-19th April), UK based the rest of the time.

Application Deadline:

Police Station Support Coordinator

Working group: Regenerative Culture

Role Description: Help with on the ground co-ordination of arrestee support at police stations during Rebellion Week 15th-18th April 2019 in London. This includes outreach before and during to get enough supporters. Keeping in contact with the back office legal hub and the well-being teams about arrest numbers and locations. Coordinating supporters to be in the police stations they need to be in. And giving the fabulous conscientious protectors a massive cheer as they come out of the police cells. Skills: Compassionate, Proactive, Good Communication. It would also be good to be a bit of a night owl. Would preferably have experience of doing arrestee support, or of being arrested.

Time Commitment: 8 hrs a week until the 15th April 2019. Must be able to do late/night shifts in London for at least 5 days of Rebellion Week. Preferably have time and are in London the weeks before and after Rebellion Week as well.

Location: London during Rebellion Week (15th-19th April), UK based the rest of the time.

Application Deadline:

Self-Organising System Coach

Working group: XR UK Self-Organising System Team

Role Description: Linking with XR UK national teams to support them to use the XR UK Self-Organising System on request. Suitable for people with some experience of coaching individuals and teams. Would be good if volunteers have experience of supporting others to self-organise, but not essential, as training is provided. This is a good opportunity to learn how to use and get experience of working in a self-organising system. We are seeking people who already have meeting facilitation skills.

Time Commitment: 4 hours per week minimum

Location: Remote (with occasional travel to London useful)

Application Deadline:

Mapping the Extinction Rebellion Organism - Administrator

Working group: XR UK Self-Organising System Team

Role description: Mapping the XR organism. This role sits in the self-organising system team, which is working on developing organising systems for XR. It is primarily an administrative role and can be done remotely.

You will have the following responsibilities: Attending weekly team meetings, Updating the visual map and spreadsheet to accurately represent the structure of the XR UK organism, Collecting information and updates from all working group coordinators about group mandates and contact information

Time: 6 hours per week

Location: Remote working

Application Deadline:

Debrief & Review Facilitators

Working group: XR UK Debrief & Review Team

Role Description:

  • defining & documenting processes for debriefing, reviews and reflection in the XR UK network
  • encouraging people to spend 20% of their XR time on debrief and reflection as a healthy way to learn and develop
  • scheduling, hosting and facilitating face-to-face debriefing events (in collaboration with other relevant teams such as Festivals & Gatherings)
  • sharing learning and results of debriefing with other relevant parts of the network

Time Commitment: 4 hours per week minimum

Location: mostly remote, some in-person

Application Deadline:

XR Talk Development Team

Working group: Talks and Training

Role Description: We want to achieve a ‘Heading for Extinction’ Talk that connects with the audience and motivates them to take a next step that is suitable. We are doing this by running a discovery programme to understand what peoples emotional experiences have been during the talk and the steps and actions they have, or haven’t, taken post talk. We need a small team of expert questioners who can ask questions and respond. The types of professional job roles you’ll have undertaken (It is not limited to this, but this gives you a flavour of the type of professional mindset we are looking for): Journalists, Social Anthropologists, Psychologist etc, Therapist, Market Researchers, Behavioural Researchers, SLD Teachers.

Time: 5-20 hours for this project, with opportunities for further involvement

Location: Remote

Application Deadline:

UK Regenerative Culture Working Group Coordinator

Working group: UK Regenerative Culture

Role Description: A full job description, person specification and application form will be sent out to potential applicants upon receipt of your expression of interest via this form.

Regenerative culture includes a healthy focus on mutually supporting categories of:

  • Self-Care – How we take care of our own needs and personal recovery from this toxic system
  • Action Care – How we take care of each other whilst we undertake direct actions and civil disobedience together
  • Interpersonal Care – How we take care of the relationships we have, being mindful of how we affect each other, taking charge of our side of relationships
  • A Movement for Everyone – How we can support each other via our political strategy and approach, our organisational systems and culture, and our ways of working as groups and as individuals, to address power differences between us eg re gender, racism and other issues
  • Community Care – How we take care of our development as a network and community, strengthening our connections and adherence to these principles and values
  • People + Planet Care – How we look after our wider communities and the earth that sustains us all

Each UK Working Group has two coordinators whose primary role is to lead a team in cultivating a culture of regeneration within the XR organism and beyond. It is a role that is hugely exciting and full of potential – for the right person. It is also a challenging role in many ways.

Applicants will require a strong and broad set of skills and natural attributes including: resilience, willingness to challenge the status quo, organisation, a good understanding of equalities issues and an openness to learning more about these, influencing, communicating (verbal + written), patience, empathy, grounded-ness, tenacity, multi-tasking, comfortable working in an everchanging environment, managing volunteers, emotional intelligence, resilience, heart-led, authenticity, willingness to learn and unlearn, working under pressure, ability to hold a vision of what could be, computer literacy, is in relationship with earth and all its inhabitants. Must have some experience of living, practicing or supporting regenerative culture. Must believe in human potential. Must have a passion for driving positive change in acknowledgement that real change starts with the transformation of self.

Time commitment: Min. of 15 hours per week and willing to travel to London fairly regularly (at least twice a month, low cost public transport fares can be reimbursed).

Location: Not specified, but must be able to travel to London regularly.

Application Deadline:

XR Conflict Resilience Team Support

Working group: UK Regenerative Culture – Conflict Resilience + Restorative Systems

Role Description: The conflict resilience team are developing systems and practices to support the aims of Extinction Rebellion – direct nonviolent action. This involves considering how to meet different needs within a rapidly evolving and expanding self-organising system. The team will suggest and support systems for the central team and local groups, including ways of responding to conflict, ways to gather feedback, ways to restore connection and community.

Skills and experience: There are a range of skills and experiences that would be useful in this team… ● Conflict facilitation skills eg. Group Facilitation / Restorative Systems / Mediation / ​Restorative Circles ● Nonviolent communication (​NVC​) ● Active listening and empathy ● Experience in trialing, testing and improving new ideas within organisations ● Writing and administration skills ● Facilitation and collaboration skills
Attributes ● Ability to listen to different views, learn and reflect ● Openness and courage to try out new practices ● Willingness to share and hear feedback ● Flexible and reliable

Time commitment: 5 hrs per week plus training (Monday night zoom calls for 2 hours for 8 weeks)

Location: Not specified (remote working)

Application Deadline:

Climate Justice and Solidarity Activists

Working group: UK Regenerative Culture – Solidarity Justice Collaboration

Role Description: We are a group of XR and non XR people trying to help XR build solidarity with other campaigns e.g. the Phulbari Solidarity Action in December, where 3 XR activists super glued themselves to a London office building and shut down the AGM of a coal company. The coal company evicted hundreds of thousands to build a coal mine in Bangladesh and activists there have been murdered whilst opposing it.

Involves:

  • Having campaign organisations near enough to you including an xr group
  • Contacting campaigns that may be interested and setting up meetings
  • Meeting with groups to discuss what kind of solidarity action could be organised with them
  • Relaying any feedback groups have to XR re changing messaging and strategy in order to accommodate a wider movement
  • Researching linkages between different issues and climate breakdown eg how climate breakdown will affect migration and migrants, working class communities, women, the Global South etc and how climate breakdown will affect issues such as austerity and gentrification
  • Organising occasional team update meetings

Time commitment: 5 hours a week, plus about 1 meeting weekly with related activist groups.

Location: We’re currently based in London and York.

Application Deadline:

Emotional + Mental Resilience Coordinators + Team Support

Working group: UK Regenerative Culture

Role Description: Regenerative culture includes a healthy focus on mutually supporting categories of:

  • Self-Care – How we take care of our own needs and personal recovery from this toxic system
  • Action Care – How we take care of each other whilst we undertake direct actions and civil disobedience together
  • Interpersonal Care – How we take care of the relationships we have, being mindful of how we affect each other, taking charge of our side of relationships
  • A Movement for Everyone – How we can support each other via our political strategy and approach, our organisational systems and culture, and our ways of working as groups and as individuals, to address power differences between us eg re gender, racism and other issues
  • Community Care – How we take care of our development as a network and community, strengthening our connections and adherence to these principles and values
  • People + Planet Care – How we look after our wider communities and the earth that sustains us all

Extinction Rebellion recognises its duty of care and doesn’t wants everyone participating in related activities not to have access to emotional and mental support, when needed. The Emotional + Mental Resilience Coordinators + Team in place to do just that.

Each UK Working Group has two coordinators whose primary role is to lead a team in cultivating a culture of regeneration within the XR organism and beyond. Being a Coordinator is a role that is hugely exciting and full of potential – for the right person. It is also a challenging role in many ways.

Please note. This call-out is also for people who can support this team.

Applicants for Coordinator (but arguably all of the team members) of this team will require a strong and broad set of skills and natural attributes including: resilience, organisation, a good understanding of equalities issues and an openness to learning more about these, influencing, communicating (verbal + written), patience, empathy, grounded-ness, multi-tasking, comfortable working in an ever changing environment, managing volunteers, emotional intelligence, resilience, heart-led, authenticity, willingness to learn and unlearn, working under pressure, ability to hold a vision of what could be, computer literacy, is in relationship with earth and all its inhabitants.

  • We are looking to set up a team of individuals to support activists, arrestees and anyone else within the XR community requiring support e.g. eco-grief, burn-out prevention, arrest trauma, etc
  • We are looking for people for both general and specific specialisms e.g. children + young people, abuse and trauma, complemental/holistic therapy, bereavement and grief, mental health, suicide, etc
  • We would like to understand the support that is already existing within the wider therapeutic community and other forms of support that this team can signpost facilitate for XR people to access
  • We would like the team to produce XR emotional and mental support guidance, where other appropriate resources are not available
  • We are looking for a team of people to specifically support the major national actions, which mainly happen in London – starting with April’s International Rebellion Week. We are looking to set up a bank of therapists, counsellors, psychologists, coaches etc that are willing to offer either free of charge or discounted therapy
  • We are looking for people to hold regular support circles in person and online

Time commitment: Min. of 10 hours per week for the Coordinator roles. Support roles – min. 5 hours per week. Therapists/ad hoc support – as and when.

Location: Coordinators – Can be located anywhere, but willing to travel to London at least every couple of months.

Application Deadline:

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