Education Officer

Woodmeadow Trust

Escrick, York
£12/hour (c.£5,904 pa)

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 07808914020 Emma Daniels

Sectors: environmental education, ecology

Closing date: Wednesday, 20th November 2019  


(freelance, part-time, commencing Jan/Feb 2020)


Woodmeadow Trust is seeking a highly motivated individual to coordinate and deliver high quality outdoor educational activities at Three Hagges Woodmeadow. The successful candidate will build relationships with local schools, develop and deliver curriculum linked activites and develop and expand our outdoor education programme.

Main Responsibilities

  • Create engaging, interactive outdoor activity sessions which promote Woodmeadow Trust objectives and link to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
  • Organise and deliver av. 2-3 days outdoor education session’s per week during term time.
  • Market the programme to local schools, develop marketing materials and build social media profile.
  • Arrange and carry out pre-visits with teachers and provide/complete relevant documentation.
  • Set out and clear away equipment for each session and keep all equipment in good order.
  • Provide feedback forms and record results.
  • Uphold the highest standards of Health and Safety and child safeguarding and ensure all risk assessments are carried out prior to visits and safeguarding is carried out at all times.
  • Develop ideas and opportunities for widening programme in line with our core objectives for example teacher training and forest schools, children’s parties, scouts, brownies, home school networks, toddler groups.
  • Ensure that the relevant section of Woodmeadow Trust website is kept up to date.
  • Generate invoices via Quick Books for educational sessions.
  • Purchase educational equipment as required and ensure that equipment and materials are maintained and kept tidy.
  • Update Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on a regular basis.
  • Answer enquiries by email, telephone and letter.
  • Attend meetings and training courses as required.
  • Maintain records of outdoor education visits planned and completed.
  • Produce monthly written reports and Trustees reports.
  • Any additional tasks as outlined by Administration and Marketing Manager and Project Leader.

Required Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Experience of teaching or working with primary school children.
  • Familiarity with the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
  • Broad knowledge of ecology including bees, butterflies and other invertebrates, birds and small mammals and a knowledge of tree and wildflower ID.
  • Ability to engage effectively with children from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience and confidence in marketing.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with teachers from local schools.
  • Strong personal organisational skills.
  • Familiarity with Health and Safety and safeguarding practice for outdoor education.
  • Competent in the use of email, Microsoft Office 365 and cloud storage system.

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic and engaging teaching style.
  • Creative.
  • Reliable, self-motivated and comfortable with working on own initiative.
  • Able to work as part of a team which works remotely.

Required qualifications and experience

Teaching or science background, preferably in a biological or ecological discipline, together with experience of delivering outdoor education sessions and developing teaching resources.

Terms and conditions

This is a part-time post and dependent on the demand for school visits in school term time and for any chargeable activities i.e. private children’s parties and uniformed group events. It is anticipated that the role will demand a minimum of 2 days’ work a week, it is expected to be 6 hours a day, around 41 weeks/80 days a year. The rate of pay is c. £12 per hour (c. £5,904 a year). It requires flexibility to work occasional weekends and evenings. The position is subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check.

Place of work

Outdoor education sessions will take place at Three Hagges Woodmeadow, Escrick, York, YO19 6EE or carried out within schools. Other work, such as administration to be carried out remotely (from home) or can be carried out at our education and volunteer cabin situated at Three Hagges Woodmeadow. You will be required to travel to other locations i.e. schools, for outreach activities and team meetings and travel will be reimbursed for these journeys.

Reporting line

You will report to the Administration and Marketing Manager, Emma Daniels, and work in partnership with the Project Leader, Rosalind Forbes Adam.

How to apply

To apply for this post please send your CV along with a letter explaining why you are interested in this post, and how your skills and experience fit the role and contact details of two referees to Closing date for applications is Wednesday 20 November 2019. It is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

About Woodmeadow Trust

Woodmeadow Trust is a pioneering charity taking practical action for nature and people by creating woodmeadow habitat and inspiring others to plant and look after these exceptional ecosystems. Our ultimate vision is for a woodmeadow in every parish in the UK. This will help recover benefit our threatened native wildlife recover and allow people greater and easier access to the joy and beauty of nature. 

We are a registered CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) number 1151831.


  • Create. To create a fully-functioning, biodiverse and beautiful woodmeadow ecosystem at Three Hagges Woodmeadow, host to the full range of species to which our lowland countryside has traditionally been home.
  • Research. To carry out rigorous research to ensure the project is evidence based, assessing the added value of combining woodland and meadow as ‘woodmeadow’ and what it could deliver for natural capital benefits and a whole range of associated ecosystem services, including social and cultural.
  • Communicate. To develop and make available a methodology for creating diverse woodmeadow ecosystems, with all their lesser known but intricately woven components of plants, animals and organisms, and inspire and support others to follow suit.
  • Engage. To engage with both local communities and with the wider research, policy and planning communities to co-develop ideas and actions.
  • Educate. To educate children, farmers, landowners, planners and government of the importance of woodmeadow for nature recovery, including biodiversity, natural capital and social well-being.

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