Trainee Tutor Scheme 2018

This is an internally run scheme.  You will be based at an FSC Location anywhere in the UK.

(The Location can change during the scheme so Trainees must be prepared to move during the scheme.)

The scheme will involve ongoing training and assessment throughout the programme and it is currently anticipated the scheme will commence with the following:

  • 1 week Induction
  • 2 & 3 week placement and teaching practice at an FSC Learning Location anywhere in the UK
  • 2 week skills and knowledge training
  • 1 week Hill and Mountain Training Course

This initial training will start on the 4th January.

Additional training may include: First Aid training, water safety, Operating Codes of Practice (OCoPs); Biodiversity and Landscape Group (BLAG); GIS and ESRI ArcGIS Online training.

This is essentially an active role and will require the individual to be able to carry out duties associated with effectively managing groups in outdoor learning locations, which may be remote, whilst ensuring the health and safety of the group at all times, including carrying safety sacks.

Trainee Tutors are expected to:

  • Deliver active outdoor learning in a variety of environments, weather conditions and terrain
  • Deliver specific activities and teach groups within standard / core courses
  • Support teaching staff in course delivery, involving welcoming groups, preparing classrooms, vehicles, classrooms, labs, resources, equipment, IT
  • Support in the delivery of community and outreach environmental projects
  • Be part of an FSC duty system that provides 24 hour cover

 Key Responsibilities:


  • Recognise and plan for the educational and physical needs of the group
  • Produce a plan for the activity, identifying appropriate learning outcomes and agree them with a senior member of teaching staff
  • Select appropriate materials for the activity to be undertaken and the needs of the group
  • Ensure other members of the education team are aware of the group’s needs of shared resources e.g. sites, workrooms, transport, equipment


  • With support, deliver from KS2 to A Level outdoor environmental learning sessions
  • Introduce the activity in an effective, safe and engaging way
  • Organise effectively the gathering of information in the field and collation and processing of information both on site and later at the learning location
  • Review the learning outcomes with the group
  • Integrate ICT into the activity as appropriate
  • Establish a good working relationship with the group


  • Undertake a self review of the taught activity
  • Undertake informal reviews with colleagues
  • Undertake ongoing assessment throughout the scheme
  • Analyse reviews given by visiting groups
  • Undertake and respond to, at least one, formal documented review with a senior member of education staff


  • Complying with all relevant legislation / FSC Operating Codes of Practice (OCoPs) / FSC Health and Safety Handbook and FSC procedures
  • Taking an active role in the learning location’s evening and residential duty system – this will involve staying on site on some evenings and overnight to deal with customer issues and, with the support of a Senior member of staff, respond to emergencies
  • Delivering a high standard of customer service and customer care
  • Ensuring the highest standards of quality are achieved in all duties carried out
  • Working closely with other staff to ensure that appropriate levels of service are maintained during absences and periods of high workload
  • Maintaining a high standard of personal hygiene & personal appearance in accordance with FSC policies
  • Fulfilling your obligations under FSC’s Behaviour Partnership to ensure a happy, productive working environment
  • Attending staff meetings as well as FSC internal and external training as required, in order to share best practice and improve team and learning location performance, and participating fully in staff development activities  (sometimes this may involve travel to other learning locations with the occasional overnight stay)
  • Undertaking any other duties that may reasonably be required to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the learning location
  • Driving: We have a number of vehicles which you may be asked to drive.  To do so, you will need to be 21 years or over, have a full valid driving licence, to have been driving for at least two years, and undertake an internal assessment on commencement in the role

Key Expectations:

The expectations of every employee that we regard as essential include:

  • A positive and passionate work attitude
  • A desire to show pride in all aspects of their work
  • A flexible approach with a willingness to adapt to change
  • An ability to work using your own initiative both independently and as a competent, effective team member
  • An ability to work under pressure and prioritise work to meet tight deadlines
  • Always treating others with courtesy, dignity and respect
  • A commitment and contribution to improving FSC’s environmental performance
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges

The closing date for receipt of your completed application form is 12 noon on Monday 13th November 2017

The selection process is scheduled to take place over two days on Tuesday 28th November & Wednesday 29th November 2017 at Preston Montford Field Centre, Shrewsbury. All shortlisted candidates will be required to attend both days.

How to Apply

How to apply:

Every year we have a fantastic response for our Trainee Tutor Scheme. You will need to stand out from the other applications. To help us select you as a stand out candidate we will need to know what motivates you about learning outside the classroom and why you are applying for a place on the Scheme. Please include examples to illustrate how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role.

Please note we do not accept CV’s without a completed application form.

To apply for this position please visit to download and complete in full the TRAINEE TUTOR application form.

Send your application form via:


Post: Human Resources, FSC Head Office, Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1HW

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Key Information


National Minimum Wage


Field Studies Council


Fixed Term


Full Time




Biodiversity, Biology, Climate Change, Ecology, Education, Environment, Marine Conservation, Nature & Wildlife, Sustainability


Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

13th November 2017 at 12:00pm

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