Schools Outreach Session Leader - Early Years

RSPB

West Yorkshire

Volunteer • Part Time

www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering catherine.walker@rspb.org.uk 07718 972 298 Catherine Walker

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Do you remember the thrill of finding your first ladybird? As part of the RSPB's aim to connect as many children as possible to nature we'll be descending on education and childcare settings ready to deliver our inspiring outreach sessions. They're designed to give educators and their pupils all the support they need to explore the natural world around them. The sessions are fun and interactive, allowing plenty of opportunities for first-hand experiences of nature whether it be bug hunting, birdwatching or finding daisies.

We're looking for volunteers with a real passion for enthusing children about the natural world to play a key part in this project. Following a period of shadowing the Schools Outreach Officer we'd ask you to take the lead on delivering our structured workshops with classes of children (age range between 3-5yrs). These workshops are aimed at inspiring them to get close up to what creeps, crawls and flies in their school grounds. Teachers would be present at all times.

Tasks will include:

  • Leading on delivering our standardised learning activities to early years children – each of the workshops last 90 minutes and focuses predominantly on learning outdoors.    
  • Inspiring children about nature, facilitating their learning during activities.    
  • Assisting with equipment and resource maintenance as necessary    
  • Regularly checking and responding to emails as this will be our primary method of communicating with you and for sending school requests through to you.    
  • Assisting with feedback and evaluation    

What’s in it for you:

  • An excellent opportunity to play a vital part in inspiring children about the natural world.
  • Build on existing skills and learn & develop new skills.
  • Boost your CV by volunteering with a well known charity - we'd supply you with a reference.
  • Enjoy being part of a professional team.

The skills you need:

Essential:

  • bags of enthusiasm and a natural at communicating your passion for nature to children
  • genuinely enjoys working with children from 3 to 5 years  
  • a resourceful, flexible and creative approach to working with children    
  • enjoys working outdoors    
  • well organised, great communicator    
  • a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and nature    
  • great at working in a team and on your own    
  • happy to take instructions, keen to learn new skills    
  • computer literate, ability to use email, internet, MS Word    

It would be desirable (though not essential) if you also have the following:

  • some knowledge of wildlife gardening    
  • basic identification skills  

Equipment required

Access to the internet and a current, regularly checked email address is essential as this is how we will contact you with working requests and important information updates

Commitment

We are looking for volunteers who can commit a minimum of 1 fixed day per fortnight or a set of dates provided up to 3 months in advance.

Notes:

Before starting in role we'd ask you to attend: an induction to the RSPB, it's vision and ways of working; an induction to the role; training in the delivery of specific schools sessions we offer. We'd also offer safeguarding and health & safety training.

We'd reimburse any out-of-pocket travel expenses, provide you with RSPB uniform and name badge, and of course give you ongoing support in your role.

Please note there is no office base for this role as you will be working remotely in primary schools and early years settings in West Yorkshire.

The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature.


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