Schools Outreach Session Leader


Plymouth, Devon

Volunteer • Part Time Gemma Dunn

Reference: 8172

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why we want you 

Do you remember the thrill of finding your first ladybird? We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic individuals with a passion for helping children connect to nature to join our dynamic Schools Outreach programme. You'll be encouraging care for wildlife and the environment by providing children with direct experience of the bugs, plants, and habitats in their school grounds. Help us inspire the next generation to save nature!

Following a period of shadowing the Schools Outreach Officer we'll ask you to take the lead on delivering our hands-on, pre-designed workshops with classes of primary school children and their teachers.

What's in it for you? 

“Wow, this was the most fun ever!” is something you will hear a lot in this role. Plenty of opportunities exist to share your knowledge and experience, and through training and mentoring, you'll develop your confidence, ability to work with children, and foster your unique delivery style.

Enjoy being a valued member of the RSPB Education Team as you personally inspire thousands of children to help protect the natural world.

The skills you need 

  • bags of enthusiasm and a natural at communicating your passion for nature to young children
  • comfortable being 'up front' leading a group
  • a gifted communicator with adults and children alike
  • a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and nature        
  • comfortable being active outdoors in all weathers
  • great at working in a team and on your own
  • computer savvy: you use email daily and are competent with MS PowerPoint
  • able to store and transport equipment (one small suitcase) from home to use in your sessions
  • basic wildlife identification skills (or eager to learn)
  • available to deliver sessions between 9am and 3pm, once per week

Your time 

Minimum: One day a week
Duration: Ongoing
Period: During school term time, 9am – 3pm


Before starting in role we ask you to attend a full induction.

We really want you up and running, inspiring children as soon as possible. If you can commit a bit more time in the first month or two, you could be leading your own sessions in no time!

We reimburse any out-of-pocket travel expenses, provide you with a RSPB uniform and name badge.

With expert mentoring along the way, volunteering with Europe's largest conservation charity will boost your CV – we'll provide you with a reference.

The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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