Schools on Reserves Learning Assistant Volunteer

RSPB Cymru

RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, North Wales

Volunteer • Part Time Rachel.Kempson@RSPB.ORG.UK 01492 584091 Rachel Kempson

Reference: 7363

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why we want you

Do you remember finding your first ladybird? Share in the excitement and assist in the delivery of our education programme to visiting schools where typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games.

To help us deliver environmental education at our reserve we need you to assist our Learning Officer and lead groups with making sure the children get the most of their visit. Our Schools on Reserves programme aims to give schoolchildren the chance to experience nature first-hand and you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery!

What’s in it for you?

The opportunity to make a real difference enriching the lives of youngsters and inspiring them to care and learn more about the natural world with the RSPB.

We'll give you training and experience to build your confidence in helping children have wonderful hands-on experiences with nature. We can potentially give you the skills to kick start a career in environmental or community education.

You'll be part of a small friendly team of staff and volunteers and have the opportunity to make new friends.

The skills you need

Essential skills/experience needed:

  • A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment.
  • An enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills.
  • A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children.
  • The confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme with a group of students and their teacher.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children of differing needs and levels of understanding.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work as part of a busy team and alone.

Desirable skills/experience:

  • Field teaching experience would be an advantage.
  • Some ecological knowledge of habitat types would be an advantage.
  • Some knowledge of the local history of the area would be an advantage.
  • If you are bilingual -Welsh and English, fantastic, but no problem if not.

Your time

Minimum commitment: Approx. one day a week during summer term (April to July), likely to be less often during other school terms

Duration: Ongoing

Period: During school terms, but mainly April to July


In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), Access NI in Northern Ireland, or a PVG Scheme registration check from Volunteer Scotland in Scotland. Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

References will also be taken up.

All training necessary and background information will be provided and since you are giving up your time, it is only fair we offer to reimburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles max).

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.

Read more on our website here.

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