Schools Outreach Volunteer

Do you remember the thrill of finding your first ladybird? We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic individuals to introduce primary school children to the bugs, plants, and habitats in their school grounds. Help us inspire the next generation to save nature!

Following a period of shadowing the Schools Outreach Officer we’ll ask you to take the lead on delivering our hands-on, pre-designed workshops with classes of primary school children and their teachers.

You will also play a role in generating school bookings by leafleting schools in your local area. This will help ensure you always have plenty of schools to visit!

What’s in it for you: 

“Wow, this was the most fun ever!” is something you will hear a lot in this role. You will develop your confidence and ability to work with children and find your unique delivery style, with expert mentoring along the way. Further benefits include:

  • Knowledge that the role you will be carrying out will be playing a vital part in inspiring young people about the natural world
  • Boost your CV by volunteering with a well known environmental charity
  • Ongoing training and support for the role
  • You will be a valuable member of a professional team

Commitment

We are looking for volunteers who can commit a minimum of 1 day per fortnight.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Leading on delivering our standardised learning activities to primary school children – each of the workshops last 90 minutes and focuses predominantly on learning outdoors.
  • Inspiring children about wildlife, facilitating their learning during activities.
  • Assisting with equipment and resource maintenance as necessary.
  • Regularly checking and responding to emails as this will be our primary method of communicating with you and for sending school requests through to you.
  •  Assisting with feedback and evaluation.

You will need these skills:

  • Experience of working with children.
  • Bags of enthusiasm and a natural at communicating your passion for nature to children.
  • A resourceful, flexible and creative approach to working with primary-aged children of all abilities.
  • A gifted communicator with adults and children alike.
  • A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and nature along with some basic identification skills.
  • Great at working in a team and on your own and enjoy working outdoors in all weathers for up to 5 hours a day.
  • Willing to travel up to an hour each way to and from the school setting.
  • Able to store and transport equipment (one small suitcase) from home to use in your sessions.
  • Keen to learn new skills.
  • Computer literate, ability to use email, internet, and MS PowerPoint.

The RSPB will provide

  • A Volunteer Induction and Welcome pack
  • A full induction to the RSPB, it’s vision and ways of working
  • Regular line management support (appraisals, 1:1 meetings)
  • Training and support in delivery of the specific sessions on offer
  • Access to existing RSPB resources and educational products
  • Safeguarding training
  • Relevant H&S training
  • Regular information and updates about RSPB work
  • RSPB uniform and name badge
  • Travel expenses

In line with the RSPB Safeguarding Policy, all applicants will have references taken up. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature. We look forward to hearing from you!

How to Apply

Please either visit our website or contact Jodie Palmer by e-mail at brightonschoolsoutreach@rspb.org.uk or by telephone on 01273 775333.

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when applying for this job!

Key Information

Organisation:

RSPB

Duration:

Fixed Term

Hours:

Part Time

Level:

Entry Level

Sectors:

Education, Nature & Wildlife, Research

Location:

Brighton Hove and surounding areas, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

31st August 2018 at 9:45am

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