Wildlife Explorer Group Leader – Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire

At the RSPB we are passionate about young people and nature. Our youth groups have the potential to play a really important role in our communities, offering young people the opportunities to get to know the wild places close to them. Our youth groups are fun and sociable enabling young people to discover and learn things that will ultimately empower them to help save nature.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to be an inspiring leader, working alongside a team of assistant and junior leaders to run activities that encourage young people to explore and develop a passion for nature. The group is for 8 to 12 year olds and there are usually 10 to 12 meetings a year based at RSPB Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.

What you will be doing:

– Designing, planning and delivering a programme of monthly outdoor activities and meetings to give young people the opportunity to connect with nature through site visits, practical conservation tasks and outdoor learning.

– Coordinating and leading a team of assistant and junior leaders to help run the group, agreeing roles for each team members to ensure meetings are planned and delivered safely and successfully.

– Ensuring your groups is promoted within the local community and on social media to raise awareness and grow group membership

– Ensuring all meetings are risk assessed and Safeguarding and first aid standards are met including attending relevant training

– Liaising with site owners at meeting venues and ensuring the group has access to equipment and resources as necessary.

– Responsibility for ensuring records of attendance are kept that adhere to GDPR regulations, and ensuring the group’s finances are managed responsibly

– Regularly inviting feedback from leaders and group members to evaluate the success of group meetings and implementing improvements as required

– Communicating with parents, members of your group and other youth group leaders

– Working with your Country Youth Group Contact to ensure the smooth running of the group.

Leaders spend 2- 5 hours a month outside of the meetings on the roleddepending on how the responsibilities are shared within the group leaders and what activities are planned.

The skills you need.

Essential:

-Experience of working with young people, creating and leading exciting activities based on the natural world

– Excellent communication skills with people of all ages including young people, other volunteers and parents

– Ability to lead, motivate and organise people and work as a team to share tasks and responsibilities

– Be self-motivated and able to show initiative

– A willingness to learn and to undertake training as needed for the role

– Ability to be an excellent representative of the RSPB within the local community

You will also need access to the internet and have an email address for communication.

 

The following skills are desirable:

– Bags of experience and a natural ability for communicating your passion for nature to young people. You don’t need to be a wildlife expert though – you will learn a lot as you go along.

– Experience of writing and completing risk assessments

– Knowledge of budget management

– Understanding of GDPR guidelines and experience of storing data and documents in line with these, although full training can be provided

– Experience of induction and leading teams of volunteers

– Experience of promoting events or activities

– An understanding of current Safeguarding expectations and information, although full training will be provided.

 

Don’t worry if you don’t have the desirable skills currently as we are here to support you to build your skills as part of your ongoing training and development in this role.

How to Apply

Please contact Ronnie Bartlett at: Ronnie.Bartlett@RSPB.org.uk for further information.

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Key Information

Organisation:

RSPB

Duration:

Permanent

Hours:

Part Time

Level:

Entry Level

Sectors:

Education, Environment, Nature & Wildlife

Location:

Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.