Wildlife Explorer Group Leader – Rainham Marshes, Essex

At the RSPB we are passionate about young people and about nature. The RSPB run Wildlife Explorer groups are fun and sociable, keeping young people engaged and interested whilst enabling them to discover and learn new 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 young people aged 8 to 12 and meet approximately 10 to 12 times a year at Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve.

What will you be doing

  • Designing, planning and delivering a programme of monthly outdoor activities and meetings that give young people opportunities 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.
  • Ensuring your groups is promoted within the locally 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 Reserve Manager and ensuring the group has access to equipment and resources as necessary.
  • Ensure records of attendance are kept that adhere to GDPR regulations, and ensuring the group’s finances are managed responsibly
  • Invite feedback from leaders and group members to evaluate the success of group meetings
  • 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 usually spend two to five hours per month outside of meetings on the role

The skills you’ll need


  • 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

It would be desirable (though not essential) if you also have the following:

  • 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

You can apply for this position by contacting Ronnie Bartlett by email Ronnie.Bartlett@rspb.org.uk

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Key Information






Part Time


Entry Level


Education, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


Rainham Marshes, Essex, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.