Education Volunteer

Canal & River Trust - Unlocking the Severn Project

Diglis Island, Worcester

Volunteer • Part Time Explorers Team

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 2nd November 2018  

Are you interested in the amazing historic engineering and cutting-edge conservation work on the River Severn?

Can you inspire children through outdoor visits and classroom activities?

Would you love to help children learn about rivers canals and water safety?

If the answer is YES, then we would love to hear from you TODAY!

We are looking for new education volunteers to join the Unlocking the Severn team helping to develop and deliver activities in schools and lead class visits to the waterways.

About the project

Unlocking the Severn will remove historic barriers on the Rivers Severn and Teme to open 253km of river for migrating fish. The courageous shad fish will return to the upper reaches of the river and flourish in large numbers once more. Our cutting edge heritage and science programmes will bring people together in learning, skills development and creative endeavours for the largest and most ambitious river restoration of its kind in Europe.

The partnership is led by Canal & River Trust with Severn Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England.

At Diglis weir in Worcester, we will install a state-of-the-art fish pass near the footpath and develop an exciting new learning space in the nearby historic workshop building.

We need your help to lead visits for groups of children as they come to see this amazing structure, hear about the species which migrate across oceans to get to the Severn, and discover the fascinating industrial history of the lock island and weir.

More information on the Unlocking the Severn project can be foundĀ here.

As an education volunteer you will:

  • Receive training and support to enable you to deliver outdoor activities with children along the waterways and in schools
  • Develop skills and experience working creatively in unusual contexts with a range of people
  • Work as part of a team of volunteers and staff passionate about education and conservation
  • Inspire the next generation of ecologists, engineers and conservationists championing the river

The role will involve:

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, in line with safe recruitment practice
  • Commitment of approximately 1 day per week including during school hours
  • Delivering (as part of a team) assemblies and workshops in schools all about the wonderful River Severn
  • Meeting school groups at river sites to lead tours and activities to help them learn about the river wildlife, engineering and conservation
  • Leading informal drop-in activities for families

Interviews for these volunteer roles will place in November and December.

Please mention when responding to this ad.