Cassiobury Park Education & Volunteer Officer

Watford Borough Council

Watford, Hertfordshire
Up to £30,993 plus £840 London Fringe Allowance pro rata

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 01 January 2018

What we are looking for:-

Are you a talented individual with an education and conservation background who is looking for an exciting challenge?

Watford is an ambitious council that thinks big and lives up to its motto of being bold.

We think we have a lot to be proud, particularly when it comes to our much-loved parks and open spaces including the jewel in our crown - Cassiobury Park. The Park has recently undergone a £6.6 million transformation thanks to investment by the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund and is ready to embark on an exciting and challenging new phase in its history as the town’s premier park.

And this is where you come in. We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Education & Volunteer Officer who really understands how to make the most of the Park’s new facilities, including a visitor centre, upgraded paddling pools and refurbished bandstand with its amazing history, heritage and ecological importance.

As our Education & Volunteer Officer your main responsibilities will include:

  • To provide access to high quality learning experiences, delivering direct learning events as required, and facilitate the use of the hub, park, nature reserve, gardening patch and orchard, and woodland landscapes for education by external organisations and volunteers.
  • To assist with delivering the community face of the Heritage Lottery Funded Project including managing and supporting events, education, working with volunteers and interpretation of the Park as listed in the Activity Plan.
  • To co-ordinate and carry out an education programme developed in partnership with Watford Museum and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT). Feed into the current programme of events for the Park, including theme weeks.
  • To develop and deliver education at all levels, to all sectors of the community, using the facilities available, and in line with the National Curriculum and the principles of lifelong learning. Opportunities include the natural environment, health, local history and horticulture.
  • Increase the use of the Park as a learning resource through promotion and provision of activities and education in line with the National Curriculum for local and regional schools and community groups in partnership with Watford Museum, WBC Play & Projects Commissioning Officer and HMWT.
  • Lead and assist with practical activities for volunteers, schools and community groups.
  • Work with the community with the support of the Parks and Open Spaces Team to provide high quality visitor facilities and attractions.

You will need to be forward thinking with strong education and conservation credentials and excellent interpersonal skills. You may have a PGCE/other teaching qualification OR equivalent educational experience (a relevant degree with appropriate experience, eg. heritage or environmental management). You will also need a proven ability to organise and coordinate projects and events efficiently and effectively, keeping within strict time, budget and quality specifications and a knowledge of National Curriculum requirements. You will make this role at Watford your own and take others with you on the Cassiobury Park journey.

Unfortunately CV’s and late applications cannot be accepted.

How to apply: Please go to and complete our application form

For an informal discussion please contact Paul Rabbitts, Head of Parks on 01923 278250

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