Schools Outreach Session Leader - Primary



Volunteer • Part Time 07718 972 298 Jo McAllister

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? As part of the RSPB's aim to connect as many children as possible to nature we'll be descending on primary schools ready to deliver our inspiring outreach sessions. They're designed to give teachers 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, bird watching 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 three different workshops with classes of children (age range between 5-12yrs). 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 primary school children - each of the three workshops last 90 minutes and focuses predominantly on learning outdoors. Each workshop starts indoors with a classroom talk to prepare the class for the activity.
  • 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.
  • Promoting the project to primary schools.

What’s in it for you?

  • Fantastic work experience opportunity for careers in nature conservation and teaching.
  • Induction to the RSPB and the project.
  • Regular line management support from the project officer.
  • Training in delivery of the sessions on offer, safeguarding and relevant H&S.
  • Regular information and updates about RSPB work.
  • RSPB uniform and name badge whilst volunteering.
  • Travel to school visits and meetings (up to 25 miles each way) & out of pocket expenses.

The skills & experience you need:

  • Abundant enthusiasm, with the ability to communicate your passion for the natural world to help connect children with nature.
  • Some experience of working with young people or an aspiration to work with young people.
  • A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the natural environment.
  • A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with primary-aged children of all abilities.
  • A willingness to learn new skills.
  • Well organised, with effective communication skills to liaise with RSPB colleagues, other volunteers and schools.
  • Good time management - ability to arrive at schools at least 15mins prior to start of workshop i.e. 8.45am.
  • A willingness to work on your own.
  • Computer literacy - ability to use e-mail, internet, word processing.
  • Happy working outdoors in schools grounds in all but extreme weather.

Desirable skills/experience:

  • Some knowledge of wildlife gardening.
  • Basic identification skills.

Your time commitment:

A minimum of one fixed day per fortnight for six months (though we can be flexible on this).

Duration: Ongoing.

Period: During school term time, flexible hours.

Please be aware there is no office base for this role.

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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