Residential Volunteer - Learning Assistant


Bempton, Bridlington

Volunteer • Full Time

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 28th February 2019  

Overall purpose of the role

You’ll help us to inspire children of all ages through the delivery of a range of fun and creative learning programmes. Children visit as part of school trips to the reserve or via youth group sessions and you’ll work with our Learning Officer and other learning volunteers to prepare educational resources and deliver our learning programmes.

What we need

We are looking for a residential volunteer for 2019 to join us from early March for up to 6 months full-time (part-time placements will also be considered). The busiest school months are May to July when around 2,000 children visit the reserve, so outside of that time you will be preparing for the learning season and post July, helping with youth groups and other visitor experience work.

In this role you will gain:

  • Experience of planning, delivering and promoting school and youth group visits
  • Experience of delivering school and youth group visits in a stunning location and at the largest mainland seabird colony in England
  • Training in first aid and safeguarding
  • Excellent all-round experience of working in a team on a RSPB nature reserve
  • Experience of supervising other volunteers
  • Free accommodation (all bills also covered, apart from food) just 1 mile from the reserve

Main duties

  • Help to produce educational resources and activities for use during the season
  • Attend all Learning Team training
  • Lead school and youth groups, including on days when the Learning Officer does not work
  • Help to promote our education offer via social media and other marketing activities
  • Support post-season preparation for 2020
  • Help deliver the reserve’s visitor experience in August when there are no educational visits

In addition to these specialist tasks, you will be expected to be an active member of the reserve team assisting with the upkeep, day-to-day management and administrative tasks on the reserve.

Skills required


  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • Approachable and confident personality
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation (specialist knowledge not required as all training provided)
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends if required
  • Ability to work outdoors in all seasons and weathers


  • Experience working with children and/or youth groups
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Volunteering experience


This scheme is designed to give you the training and experience needed for a career in environmental education. A wide range of opportunities will arise during your placement giving you the chance to learn new skills, gain new experiences and increase your conservation knowledge. Your line manager will provide a structure to your development and you will have monthly one-to-ones to track your progress and assess any ongoing needs. Upon completion of your stay, references will be available as and when required.

Why Bempton Cliffs?

Bempton Cliffs reserve is located near Bridlington on the East Yorkshire coast. The reserve stands atop spectacular 122m (400ft) chalk cliffs, and supports England’s largest seabird colony, with almost a quarter of a million seabirds during the summer including guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins. The reserve is also home to the UK’s largest mainland gannetry and is set against a backdrop of beautiful grasslands (home to owls and farmland birds), a healthy breeding population of tree sparrows and dense carpets of red campion. The reserve welcomes over 110,000 visitors a year including around 2,000 children.

Accommodation at Bempton Cliffs

Volunteer accommodation is in the adjoining building to the main RSPB Bempton Cliffs office, which is located on the main street of Bempton village (a mile away from the reserve). There are three bedrooms; a double bedroom, a single bedroom and a twin bedroom and two bathrooms. There is also a lounge with a television and a kitchen with an oven/hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, toaster and kitchen utensils. The nearest corner shop/post office is a two minute walk from the volunteer accommodation. Bempton railway station is a mere five minute walk away, and the town of Bridlington, with a larger range of facilities is a seven minute train ride from Bempton. If you live locally and would prefer to live at home this is also an option, as is the possibility of volunteering part-time for the right candidate.

For more information: please contact Sarah Aitken, Visitor Experience Manager at or call 01262 422213, all enquiries are welcome.

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