Environmental Education and Care Farming Officer

Magdalen Environmental Trust

Chard, Somerset
£22,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

magdalenfarm.org.uk giles@magdalenfarm.org.uk 0146030144 Giles Aspinall

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 4th October 2019  


Environmental Education & Care Farming Officer
37.5 hours per week
Working Wednesday – Sunday
Salary: £22,000

Based on our organic farm, the Magdalen Environmental Trust provides outdoor environmental education to children and adults, and therapeutic / respite opportunities to people with more complex needs.

We work with a wide range of people including schools, families, charities and schools from across southern England. We are a leading Care Farm and are growing this provision. You can learn a lot about us from our website: www.magdalenfarm.org.uk

The aims of our education programme are to help people make better decisions about how they interact with their environment and with nature, and to provide opportunities for those people, particularly children, to develop a love of nature. If they don’t love it, they won’t value it. Working with schools, (providing environmental education, Forest Schools and personal development for children), is our main activity through much of the year, and the main focus for this vacant post.

Personal development is also a key outcome, not least within our Care Farming services. Many of our Care Farming clients live extremely difficult and demanding lives. Our aim is to help them improve their mental and emotional resilience, and their ability to overcome these difficulties.

Timetable for Recruitment:

  • Closing date for application forms: 4th October 2019
  • Candidates invited to interview 7th October 2019
  • Interviews and practical teaching assessment 22nd October 2019

Please note, if you need to move house in order to work for us, we will be happy to provide temporary accommodation on site while you house-hunt.

How to apply

Please download the recruitment pack, which contains an application form: magdalenfarm.org.uk/blog/vacancy-environmental-education-and-care-farming-officer

Job Description

  • To deliver environmental education to visiting groups - mainly primary school children but also to people with special needs and others. These will be a mixture of one-day visits and residential visits. Activities will include:
    • Basic farm jobs
    • Fire lighting activities and campfire singing
    • Forest School activities
    • Orienteering and mapping
    • Low ropes course
    • River and stream investigations
    • Sensory activities
    • Team building
    • Arts and crafts
    • Off-site visits to the coast and local countryside
    • Rural studies (informal and curriculum-related)
    • Conservation projects
    • Teaching about wildlife, the environment and sustainability
    • Other activities of a similar nature
  • To lead programmes of Forest Schools activities in school grounds, (using your own car to get there and back, and to transport equipment).
  • To make written records of events and observations during Forest School sessions, and some other weekly visits for children / adults with disabilities.
  • To ensure the safety and welfare of visitors in your charge.
  • To manage and liaise with visiting teachers accompanying school groups prior to, during, and after their stay.
  • To work closely with members of the Learning & Wellbeing team, including:
    • Co- staffing activities for large groups of children, or groups of visitors with complex needs.
    • Writing risk assessments, preparing resources, and designing educational activities.
    • Ensuring that the equipment and areas used for education are of a high standard and a safe working environment.
  • To work with other members of Magdalen staff outside the Learning and Wellbeing team on areas such as planning and marketing.
  • To occasionally visit schools and talk with parents in advance of the school’s visit to us.
  • To make a positive contribution towards Magdalen’s overall business and team plans / strategies with particular relation to environmental education.
  • To act as a member of the Magdalen staff team, covering tasks when necessary and carrying out any additional work reasonably requested by the Chief Executive, to meet the charity’s objectives.

Additional Notes:

Like all Magdalen posts, the holder must act within the law and in accordance with Magdalen Policies and procedures.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, and is classed as Regulated by the Independent Safeguarding Agency, meaning that the post holder must not be barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

  • Experience of working with children in an outdoor setting
  • Understanding of environmental issues and sustainability
  • Enthusiastic and able to motivate others
  • Able to:
    • Work on your own, unsupervised.
    • Work in a team and independently
    • Work well under pressure
    • Adapt and be flexible
    • Be active outside all day
    • Remain positive and in control of large groups of children
    • Communicate effectively with colleagues
  • IT literate in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to relate activities to the national curriculum at key stages 1 – 3
  • Good organisational skills and time keeping
  • A non-smoker or able to go for very long periods without smoking.
  • Understanding of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and an enhanced DBS check
  • A driver with access to a car or van, able to drive in connection with employment.

Desirable criteria

  • Qualifications in Forest School and/or Teaching
  • Experience of animal care and / or horticulture
  • Practical Skills using tools
  • Experience of
    • Working with vulnerable children
    • Working with young carers.
    • Youth work

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