Learning Assistant

Forestry Commission England

Cranbrook, Kent
£20,345 - £21,525 (pro-rata)

Paid • Part Time • Permanent

Reference: 1615916

Sectors: environmental education

Closing date: Sunday, 24th February 2019   3 days left

Background information on Bedgebury and the East England Forest District:

The Forestry Commission is part of the government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and is tasked with the sustainable management of the Public Forest Estate for timber, recreation and wildlife.

The East England Forest District (EEFD) is responsible for managing circa 35,000ha of Public Forest Estate land from Norfolk to East Sussex, including Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest.

Bedgebury is home to the National Conifer Collection which is managed for a range of purposes, such as: to support the conservation of conifers; to improve people’s understanding of trees and the environment; to be a research site for the trial of future forestry species; and to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The current Bedgebury learning service consists of: FC-led sessions for schools and families which focus on our specialisation (the conifer collection); an external learning partner (Kent High Weald Partnership) which delivers teambuilding and forest schools; and self-led learning opportunities including Ranger In A Bag backpacks for schools and seasonal trails. This is in line with the National Learning Strategy for FC England 2017-2022.

Purpose of the Job

The learning assistant role is essential to the day-to-day delivery of our learning activities at Bedgebury. These activities are fundamental in enabling us to communicate our key messages to different audiences. The post holder will support the smooth running of our learning services, working alongside the rest of the learning team, and ensure compliance with Forestry Commission policy, legislation and best practice so that all participants have a safe, enjoyable and engaging learning experience appropriate to their needs.

Key Work Areas

Delivering FC-led learning programmes and events for Bedgebury: this includes compliance with all health and safety guidelines; evaluation and monitoring; ensuring sites and resources are adequate and safe.

Assisting with self-led learning for Bedgebury: this includes the maintenance and distribution of resources such as our self-led packs for schools, Ranger In A Bag.

Supporting wider Bedgebury events/activities as required.

Closing date: 24 February 2019.

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