Senior Project Officer - Outside is Fun

TCV - The Conservation Volunteers

£19,500 - £21,500 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract Leon Hayward

Reference: SPOOIF

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 12th September 2019  

Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people's health, prospects and outdoor places.

TCV are seeking someone to join our team to deliver a fantastic new three-year education outreach project called ‘Outside is Fun’ which TCV have secured funding to deliver as part of the Community Forest and Woodland Outreach (CFWO) Project. This post is offered at 35 hours per week.

The Community Forest and Woodland Outreach Project is part of the Children and Nature Programme funded by the Department of Education and managed by Natural England, the government’s advisor on the natural environment. The Children and Nature Programme is a key commitment within the Governments 25 Year Environment Plan. The aim of the fund being to help more children and young people from communities experiencing disadvantage to benefit from nature. 

This role, perfect for someone with a passion for outdoor learning and supporting children across South Yorkshire will lead on the delivery of a new school outreach project to engage children with community woodlands. They will work, supported by a part-time Project Assistant
and as part of our established South Yorkshire Community Woodlands Team, reaching out to schools, building partnerships and delivering a varied and fun programme of activities with them.

A full driving licence is required as the post holder has use of a company vehicle and the post is subject to an enhanced CRC check. 

Outside is fun - Project Description

South Yorkshire’s landscape is changing in an inspirational way and will soon become a fun and exciting part of children’s education. South Yorkshire’s impressive former coal mining industry, atop the ‘Barnsley Seam’, dominated the area, powering the industrial revolution. Now the mines are gone, restored on their former sites are a network of fantastic Community Woodlands that sit aside the communities that once worked them. 

‘Outside is Fun’ is an opportunity to engage school children to come out into the woods to have fun, to learn, to experiment, play and open their minds to the possibilities of the future. The ‘Outside is Fun’ team of staff and local volunteers will aim to partner with every primary school within walking distance of 6 Community Woodlands in South Yorkshire. The team will form collaborations with each school and be able to provide them a tailored programme of outdoor learning sessions that is appropriate and suitable for their children and situation.

Activities will depend upon what suits each school. This is possible as TCV has the capacity to offer a wide range of opportunities. These include but are not limited to: 

  • School Green Gyms 
  • Forest School provision 
  • Bushcraft 
  • Curriculum Sessions 
  • Citizen Science 
  • Orienteering 
  • John Muir Award 
  • Teacher and parent/guardian training. 

The mission is to establish a rolling programme that will engage every year 5 or 6 pupil (depending upon the preference of the school) within walking distance of sites across Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster. Achieving this will demand agility to respond to the needs of the children and their teaching staff. 

The project will be staffed by a new team of two, a full-time Senior Project Officer and a part-time Project Assistant. They will join and be supported by, the existing team of 6 staff and dozens of volunteers that manage the woods on a day-to-day basis. They will also benefit from TCV’s first class experience in outdoor learning and engaging people with the outdoors with an advisor on hand from our dedicated team at Skelton Grange in Leeds.

A bit more about us:

We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

For over 50 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

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