Seasonal Education Officer

Thanet Countryside Trust

Near Ramsgate, Kent
£7,020 pa

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.monkton-reserve.org andrew@monkton-reserve.org 01843 822666 Andrew Ogden

Reference: 201901

Sectors: environmental education, ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 10th May 2019  


Seasonal Education Officer

Part-time position, 15 hours per week, £9.00 per hour (£7020.00 pa equivalent)

We are seeking a creative and inspiring Seasonal Education Officer to deliver the Environmental Education Service for Monkton Nature Reserve (MNR) promoting conservation and ecology for the 2019 Summer season. You will plan and deliver an inspiring range of outdoor, environmental and STEM science learning experiences to East Kent schools, adult education groups, youth organisations and to families and visitors to the Reserve.

You will have excellent people skills and project delivery experience and be able to create and deliver sessions to a wide audience. Your fascination with the natural world will be infectious, enabling visitors to reconnect with their local environments in meaningful and long-lasting ways, using a range of formal and informal education strategies..

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this post, please send your CV and covering letter by email, detailing your experience, relevant qualifications and reasons for applying to Andrew Ogden, Trustee. We would expect your CV and letter to be tailored to the requirements of the post.

Contact email: andrew@monkton-reserve.org

WORKING HOURS AND SALARY

This post is offered as a part-time employment: 3 days (15 hours) per week to cover our busy summer season at the Monkton Nature Reserve, Canterbury Road, Ramsgate, and Kent CT124LH.

The expected working hours are 10.00am – 3.00pm on a fixed term contract until 30th September or 18 weeks after start date, although we expect there to be some flexibility in weekday working to provide cover or special events as necessary..

JOB DETAILS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Job Purpose

  • Leading the planning and delivery of the Education Service learning programme at MNR during the summer season to a wide-ranging audience of formal and informal educational groups, planning and delivering an inspiring range of environmental, outdoor and STEM learning experiences.
  • Organisation of the Schools education programme and informal leisure-learning programmes for adult, family and community groups,, including booking and invoice details, liaising over activities and scheduling support volunteers
  • Leading Key-stage 1, 2 & 3 programmes with environmental, conservation and adventurous activities cross-curricular environmental studies programmes.
  • Supporting other courses e.g. university groups, PGCE etc. programmes for school and other local community groups ensuring that - where appropriate - programmes have relevance to the National Curriculum for England and Wales and Awarding Body Specifications.
  • Ensuring all resources (including shared resources) are prepared and available for the activity
  • Ensuring that activities and events are well evaluated and findings collated for monthly project reports;
  • Regularly communicating project aims, objectives and outcomes to a range of audiences through written reports and presentations.
  • Working with the MNR staff and volunteers to ensure appropriate publicity for the centre and its work. 

2. Dimensions

This post is offered as a part-time employment: 3 days (15 hours) per week to cover our busy summer season at the Monkton Nature Reserve, Canterbury Road, Ramsgate, and Kent CT124LH.

The expected working hours are 10.00am – 3.00pm on a fixed term contract until 30th September or 18 weeks after start date, although we expect there to be some flexibility in weekday working to provide cover or special events as necessary..

The post holder will be line managed & supported by MNR Trustee for Education and will be expected to work in conjunction with our other staff at the Reserve as part of the operations team

This post will require a satisfactory DBS check and is subject to a one month probationary period.

The post holder may be required to work at weekends and some unsociable hours as necessary.

Overtime is not usually paid as we offer time off in lieu but this is subject to circumstances and agreement with the Trustees. Some flexibility with working hours is required to allow for holiday activities such as guided walks or family workshops on occasional evenings or weekends. The holiday allowance is 28 days a year pro rata, including Bank Holidays.

3. Principal Accountabilities

The most important tasks that the post holder will be expected to undertake in his/her day to day work are: -

  • Producing plans for activities, identifying appropriate learning outcomes and liaising with accompanying staff of schools to ensure programmes meet their requirements.
  • Awareness and understanding of individual learning needs in planning and adapting courses to meet the needs of learners, and responding to the needs of the group by changing the pace and/or style of delivery as appropriate.
  • Liaising with MNR staff, volunteers and Trustees and supporter schools, families and adult visitors regarding the design of education programmes;
  • Working closely with the Education Trustee and MNR Assistant Manager to ensure the coordinated delivery of activities across East Kent
  • Ensuring that all activities run with children and young people meet MNRs Safeguarding and Health and Safety requirements;
  • In the course of delivering this work, the post holder will need to have regard to: -
  • Championing MNR’s standards and values
  • Promoting the work of the MNR and encourage MNR memberships, recruitment and support;
  • Undertaking other tasks as reasonably requested.
  • 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
  • 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 MNR policies

4. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, environmental conservation and sustainable development

A qualification in Education or Environmental Science is highly desirable

The capability to liaise with schools, businesses, LEAs, voluntary/community groups and other local organisations and having the gift to relate to people of all ages

An experience of initiating and managing projects, supervising others and organising guided walks and school groups.

Experience or knowledge of organising school or public events and producing educational resources

Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, being able to communicate effectively in written materials as well as presentations, workshops and guided walks. Candidates should be computer literate.  

First aid and/or health and safety training would be helpful

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 change
  • 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 MNR’s environmental performance
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges.

Closing date: Friday 10th May


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