Wild Schools Volunteer - West Ham Park

City of London - Open Spaces

West Ham, London

Volunteer • Part Time

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk rita.serra@cityoflondon.gov.uk 020 7332 1274 Rita Serra

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 13th April 2018  

The purpose of this role is to support the Wild Schools Officer prepare and deliver inspiring outdoor learning sessions at West Ham Park for local primary schools.

What you will be doing

  • Helping to set up and pack away resources for outdoor sessions at various locations across West Ham Park
  • Supporting individuals and small groups of students in learning activities outdoors
  • Chatting to teachers about what they might want from future outdoor education sessions

And beyond the delivery of sessions, you could help us to:

  • Develop new sessions to bring subjects like Maths and English to life in the setting of the park
  • Undertake outreach in local schools; for example by supporting the project officer to deliver assemblies
  • Create and make resources to help teachers and children learn outdoors

We are looking for someone who

  • Enjoys working with children aged between 5 -11
  • Understands that learners have differing needs and supports individuals sensitively
  • Is comfortable being outdoors and is not put off by the weather
  • Relishes hands-on practical tasks outdoors which bring learning to life (e.g. pond dipping, testing soil PH, orienteering with maps)
  • Is keen to learn new teaching skills or develop existing ones
  • Appreciates working within a small team and sharing ideas

What you will gain

  • Volunteering is fun! You meet new people, explore new places and get behind the scenes of how things run
  • It’s a great way to become good at new things, or get better at things you already do
  • You will gain confidence and experience teaching in the growing sector of outdoor education

We will support you by

  • Paying reasonable travel expenses (Please note, we encourage people to volunteer locally)
  • Providing a dedicated member of staff as your point of contact from the beginning till the end of your placement
  • Giving you an induction and plan to help you to get the most out of your placement
  • Providing on-going training to help you get better at your role


  • All volunteers are placed for three months initially which helps managers and volunteers to get a feel for how well the role and volunteer are matched
  • We are looking for people who are available during weekdays to support sessions for up to three hours in length, as and when school bookings occur

Who to contact about this role

Rita Serra, Volunteer Development Officer


020 7332 1274

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