Schools and Early Years Outreach Volunteer

RSPB

Merseyside and Cheshire

Volunteer • Part Time

www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering karen.brenchley@rspb.org.uk 07841 804793 Karen Brenchley

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 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 training and with ongoing support you will be given the opportunity to lead structured sessions with classes of children (aged 3–5 years or 5-12 years). These workshops are aimed at inspiring them to get close up to what creeps, crawls and flies in their school grounds. Teachers will be present at all times.

Tasks will include:

  • Leading on delivering our standardised learning activities to primary and/or early years children – each of the workshops last 90 minutes and focuses predominantly on learning outdoors.    
  • Inspiring children about wildlife, 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.
  • Ability to 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 12 yrs or an age group within that range    
  • 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 nature identification skills    

Commitment

We are looking for volunteers who can commit a minimum of 2 days a month for a period of 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.


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