Nature Friendly Schools Officer

Field Studies Council

Shrewsbury, Shropshire
£19,726 - £22,511 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: environmental education

Closing date: Wednesday, 24th April 2019   3 days left

Nature Friendly Schools Officer with FSC Head Office, Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire

This is fixed term position due to start in April 2019 and end on 31st March 2020.

Imagine a job where you can use your environmental knowledge every day, helping to shape the minds of the new generation; a job where you work as part of a team in the great outdoors, inspiring others and developing passions for the future. Teaching with FSC gives you a role with both challenge and opportunity, and a chance to start young people on a journey of discovery that can last a lifetime. FSC are looking for people with a curiosity for the world around us, a passion for the natural history of the British Isles and an ability to enthuse and inspire others.

Job Title: Nature Friendly Schools Officer
Grade: Team Member
Based at: FSC Head Office, Shrewsbury, with significant UK travel
Reports to: Education Development Officer, as FSC project manager
This post holds no line management responsibility

Overall Job purpose:

FSC is a partner in a consortium of organisations to deliver the Nature Friendly Schools Project. This large-scale project (£6.3m) is one of three within the Children and Nature Programme, a flagship programme for the 25 Year Environment Plan, led jointly by Natural England Defra and Department for Education and with a budget of £10m. The project will deliver natural environment interventions for schools with an aim to improving pupils’ mental health and wellbeing, school engagement, plus their physical health, behaviour, attendance and care & concern for the environment. All partners will work with schools to build resilience. Approaches to be used include supporting children to find places of calm, improved problem solving skills and developing social skills and teamwork. Project partners are: Wildlife Trusts, Young Minds, Groundwork, The Sensory Trust and FSC.

We are now looking for a Nature Friendly Schools Officer to support the successful delivery of the FSC’s project delivery outcomes. You will implement and deliver residential sessions and webinars supporting teachers, to ensure teachers feel confident to deliver outdoor learning rather than just delivering direct to the students. The post-holder will be expected to lead groups of all abilities in the natural environment with the ability to provide an appropriate standard of care for our learners. You will also contribute to all other aspects of the Head Office Education Development Function.

This is essentially an active role and will require the post-holder to be able to carry out duties associated with effectively managing groups in outdoor learning locations, which may be remote, whilst ensuring the health and safety of the group at all times, including carrying safety sacks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the design and delivery of teacher training on line webinars.
  • Supporting the design and delivery of FSC residential sessions for teachers and their classes at all ages from 8-16 years plus special schools and alternative provision settings. The focus is upon supporting and mentoring the teachers to feel confident to deliver outdoor learning rather than just delivering direct to the students.
  • Supporting the design and delivery of off site visits to FSC locations, mentoring and supporting teachers to use outdoor learning. This is referred to as ‘progressive visits’. Schools will be in the following English regions: Manchester-Leeds corridor, West Midlands, East Midlands, NE London and Essex, and the South West.
  • Under the direction of the Education Development Officer, working in partnership with the Project Partners’ officers to deliver progressive visits.
  • Under the direction of the Education Development Officer, working in partnership with the deliverers of the Care Farming and Community Forests projects within Children and Nature to support and advise on outdoor and environmental learning and seek mutually beneficial outreach work.
  • Working with the Education Development Officer to ensure reports to the funder and requests for evaluation are delivered on time and are of high quality.
  • Being aware of the evaluation opportunities offered through this project and the future potential for FSC to pursue impact evaluation trials to supports its own aims beyond this funded project.
  • Effectively integrating ICT into pre-planned activities (GIS, Excel, Smartboards and PowerPoints).
  • Working closely with teachers involved in the project to co-design and co-deliver outdoor learning to promote mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Demonstrating the ability to coach and mentor school staff throughout their progressive visits.
  • Supporting the teacher to identify individual learning needs and plan and adapt courses to meet the needs of learners and respond to the needs of the group by changing the pace and/or style of delivery as appropriate.
  • Delivering activities in a safe, effective and engaging manner, carrying out Risk Assessments and adapting activities where appropriate, e.g. due to sudden changes in weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • You will be required to travel and work at other locations, in the following English regions: Manchester-Leeds corridor, West Midlands, East Midlands, NE London and Essex, and the South West.


  • Complying with all relevant legislation / FSC Operating Codes of Practice (OCoPs) / FSC Health and Safety Handbook and FSC procedures
  • Delivering a high standard of customer service and customer care
  • Ensuring the highest standards of quality are achieved in all duties carried out
  • Working closely with other staff to ensure that appropriate levels of service are maintained during absences and periods of high workload
  • Maintaining professional standards at all times in accordance with FSC policies
  • Fulfilling your obligations under FSC’s Behaviour Partnership to ensure a happy, productive working environment
  • Attending staff meetings as well as FSC internal and external training as required, in order to share best practice and improve team and learning location performance, and participating fully in staff development activities (sometimes this may involve travel to other learning locations with the occasional overnight stay)
  • Driving: We have a number of vehicles which you may be asked to drive. To do so, you will need to be 21 years or over, have a full valid driving licence, to have been driving for at least two years, and undertake an internal assessment on commencement in the role
  • Undertaking any other duties that may reasonably be required to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the learning location

Key Expectations:

The expectations of every employee that we regard as essential include:

  • A positive and passionate work attitude
  • A desire to show pride in all aspects of their work
  • A flexible approach with a willingness to adapt to changes
  • An ability to work using your own initiative both independently and as a competent, effective team member
  • An ability to work under pressure and prioritise work to meet tight deadlines
  • Always treating others with courtesy, dignity and respect
  • A commitment and contribution to improving FSC’s environmental performance
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges

How to apply:

For all recruitment information and relevant application forms please go to our vacancies web page at:

To apply for this position please download and complete in full the EDUCATION application form. You must ensure that your application includes examples of how you have demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in meeting the requirements of the post detailed in both the job description and person specification.

Send your completed application form to: OR

Human Resources, FSC Head Office, Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1HW

Please note we do not accept CV’s without a completed application form.

The closing date for receipt of your completed application is 12 noon on Wednesday 24th April 2019

Interviews are scheduled to take place at Head Office on Friday 3rd May 2019

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy please call Sam Rudd on 01743 852100 We look forward to receiving your application in due course.

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