Activity Leader Volunteer at Girlguiding Events in South East England

RSPB

Kent, Bromley, North London, Sussex and Middlesex East
Voluntary

Volunteer • Part Time • Temporary

www.rspb.org.uk Laura.Warren@rspb.org.uk 07720 830 605 Laura Warren

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Be a part of a 3 year partnership project aimed at getting girls and young women (age range 5-25 years old) out and about enjoying and learning about nature.

The RSPB and Girlguiding London and South East England Region (LaSER) have joined up to organize a series of events (large and small) aimed at offering fun informal learning activities for Girlguiding leaders, young women and girls.

The success of this partnership project is reliant on volunteers to help run these activities. Some of the bigger events may require a number of RSPB volunteer assistants to support it, so you'd need to be a good team player too.

We'd need you to have a passion for wildlife and a desire to pass this on to others, so communication skills are also key, along with the ability to adapt your style depending on the age of your audience.

Tasks would include:

Before each event: help choose an appropriate activity for the day and organise equipment and resources for the activity, eg, binoculars, magnify glasses etc; familiarise yourself with pre-written risk assessments; set up the activity.

During each event: lead activities like: mini beast hunts; bird/mammal watching; sensory nature games; helping the girls to use and learn about binoculars and telescopes.

Ensure each activity runs smoothly. Work together with the activity assistant volunteer to deliver a memorable session.

After the event: put materials away, ensuring the safe use and storage of equipment; collect feedback from the girls and Girlguiding Leaders; encourage Girlguiding Leaders, to continue engaging their girls with the natural world; send feedback forms to Youth Partnership Officer.

NB. We'd train you in everything you need to know beforehand & provide you with an RSPB uniform and all the resources you'd need for the activities. You'd have the ongoing support from our RSPB staff member who leads on this partnership project every step of the way.

What's in it for you:

  • A great opportunity to inspire adults, young women and girls about nature by getting outdoors to explore it. You'd also be helping to provide young women and girls with the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force to save nature.
  • An excellent opportunity to add to your CV in terms of leading activities and environmental education.
  • You'll be part of a small friendly team of staff and volunteers and have the opportunity to make new friends.
  • Learn more about the RSPB, the largest conservation charity in Europe.

The skills you need:

Essential:

  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • An excellent ability to communicate with children, young people and adults
  • Confidence talking in groups
  • Positive and encouraging attitude with a sense of fun and adventure
  • Enthusiasm and love of protecting wildlife
  • Resourceful, independent and flexible
  • Willing to learn and use new skills
  • Organised and punctual

Desirable:

  • Interest in lifelong learning and passing on your passion for protecting nature to others
  • Able to drive and have own transport

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