Schools Nature Activity Leader, Brighton



Volunteer • Part Time 01273 775333 Jodie Palmer

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 28th February 2019  

Why we want you

Getting outside and hands-on with nature is great for everyone! At the RSPB we aim to connect as many children as possible to nature and this is where you come in!

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 will be working with children in their school playgrounds, giving them the chance to explore and learn about the nature around them. Encouraging them to use their senses to discover the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the plants and animals nearby. Supporting them to discover nature’s treasures and find the words to talk about them.

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
  • willing to travel up to an hour each way to and from the school setting
  • comfortable being active outdoors in all weathers for up to 5 hours a day
  • 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, at least once per fortnight

How to apply

Contact: Jodie Palmer, RSPB South East Regional Office.



We welcome volunteers from all walks of life.

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.

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