Schools Nature Activity Leader

RSPB

Tyne & Wear

Volunteer • Part Time

rspb.org.uk newcastleschoolsoutreach@rspb.org.uk 0191 233 4329 Jill Stone

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 1st March 2019  


Who is the RSPB?

The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so that our towns, coast and countryside become richer in nature.

Why we need 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!

Giving Nature a Home in Schools is the RSPB’s school outreach project, funded by Aldi, working with children aged 2-11 around the UK. We're looking for committed volunteers to lead our primary or early years activities in Tyne & Wear, sharing your knowledge and passion for education and the environment with kids in your community.

What’s involved

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.

Your Schools Outreach Officer will support and train you at all stages. You will be given all resources and your travel expenses. Our volunteers train as either Primary or Early Years Activity Leaders, depending on interest and skills

What’s in it for you

You will get the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • Delivering learning activities to primary school children or Early Years children
  • Wildlife and nature identification
  • Developing ideas for learning about nature
  • Liaising with teaching staff
  • Organising and maintaining resources.

The RSPB will provide you with:

  • Safeguarding training
  • Training in delivering all of the activities
  • All resources for the activities
  • Support, help and advice from the Schools Outreach Officer
  • Uniform and ID
  • Travel and other expenses

Requirements

  • An interest in wildlife and a love for nature
  • Experience of working, or desire to work with children
  • Enthusiasm and excellent communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to commit to 2 days a month

A few more details

The RSPB is committed to a workforce that is representative of, and values, the diversity within the wider population and where everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential, whatever their background and circumstances. All applications will be judged solely on merit. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates and under 25s who are currently underrepresented as RSPB volunteers. We are also open to discussing any adjustments you may need to fulfill this role.

In line with the RSPB Safeguarding Policy, all applicants will have references taken up.


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