Senior Environmental Educator

Earth Calling


Paid • Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental education

Closing date: Sunday, 7th July 2024  

Job title: Senior Environmental Educator

Hours: 22+ hrs per week


Initially the successful applicant will be taking over the running of five after-school Wildlife/Bushcraft Clubs at primary schools in Edinburgh. Our Clubs are designed to introduce children to their local wild places and spark a passion for wildlife, and involve many varied and fun activities. These clubs are core hours and run Mon-Thurs 3:30-5:30 and Fridays 1-3. During the school day you may also take on the role of helping to deliver a variety of environmental teaching projects, and in the school holidays assisting in the running of full-day wildlife clubs. In the winter months you will be involved in the creation of wildlife friendly areas in school grounds – from planting trees to building raised beds and making ponds.

Job purpose: The purpose of this role is to inspire and enthuse children and young adults about the natural world, whilst encouraging schools to embrace outdoor learning.


1. Wildlife Clubs: Engage children in the activities you are running in a fun and exciting way. Maintain the reputation and popularity of the clubs
2. Curriculum-based teaching: Assist with and run teaching sessions in a professional manner, being aware of the necessary structure and target learning achievements. Be able to spark enthusiasm in both children and teachers/other adults who may be assisting.
3. Communication: You must be able to communicate with parents and teachers in a friendly and cooperative manner. Earth Calling’s reputation is based on creating good relationships with schools and families. It is therefore essential that you follow these standards.
4. Promotion: It will be your responsibility to organise Wildlife Club members and maintain waiting lists, promoting the clubs within schools as necessary.
5. Paperwork: Organisation of club documents, planning, reports and emailing will need to be carried out at home, so a flexible attitude to working hours is highly desirable.
6. Volunteers: You will regularly be assisted by volunteers in the running of clubs and teaching sessions, and will be required to supervise and manage them in a way which is beneficial to all parties.
7. Equipment: A selection of field equipment will be provided for you to use with children (study trays, river nets etc) which should be kept clean and well maintained.
8. Health and Safety: The safety of both children and staff is of paramount importance. Children will be under your supervision and it is essential that they are aware of rules and are supervised to the required level. You will be made aware of necessary codes of conduct before taking over the running of Wildlife Clubs, after which time the safety of everyone under your supervision will be your own responsibility. You will be required to carry out risk assessments and complete reports for each session you run.

We may close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.

Appointment to this position is subject to the successful candidate being granted membership to the PVG Scheme by Disclosure Scotland, receiving full clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau, providing two satisfactory references and passing any other relevant checks as necessary.

Equal Opportunities

At Earth Calling we are aware of the benefits of having a diverse range of people involved in the organisation, and of working in a relaxed, creative environment free from prejudice and discrimination. Every applicant has the right to be treated fairly with consideration and respect, and, unless we can prove it justified, we will not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, race, age, medical status etc.

For more information or to apply please email Ant at [email protected]