Learning & Community Assistant

National Trust

Gibside, Gateshead

Volunteer • Full Time

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside Elizabeth.Jenner@nationaltrust.org.uk 01207 541200 Elizabeth Jenner

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 28th February 2019  

What is a Learning & Community Assistant?

Learning & Community Assistant is a full time residential volunteer opportunity to help in the preparation and delivery of educational activities offered to school and community groups at Gibside. You will also help in the day to day management of the stables bunkhouse, plan and deliver fun family engagement activities, including Wild Child birthday parties, and help create interpretation for visitors to enjoy. You need to enthuse and inspire people with our natural and heritage environments.  We are looking for a commitment of 6-12 months.  

What’s in it for you?

  • Experience of working with people of all ages and backgrounds in an outdoor setting
  • Experience of working in a large national organisation within the heritage sector with training opportunities 
  • Develop personal skills & build upon knowledge of wildlife while gaining experience of working with young people in environmental education & visitor engagement
  • Meet new people and make new friends while being part of a small, friendly and dedicated team
  • Share your skills, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm with others
  • Accommodation during your volunteering period

What’s involved?

This Learning & Community Assistant trainee role is an opportunity to live on site at Gibside working with the Learning & Community Team to help:

  • Prepare for and deliver educational activities which include wildlife, local history, team building, literacy, art, bushcraft & Forest School themes, all delivered outdoors in all weathers. Itineraries for groups vary as some come for day visits or some have residential stays at Gibside Stables Bunkhouse.
  • Develop and deliver a range of family based activities such as Wild Child Birthday Parties, engaging events, fun craft activities and creative displays.
  • Help coordinate the day to day management of the bunkhouse including helping with bookings to ensure that all visitors and groups have a professional, helpful and efficient service.
  • Support the work of other departments at Gibside to help deliver a wide range of visitor engagement opportunities.
  • Follow ‘Safeguarding’ guidelines for us to work with children and vulnerable adults, helping to promote their well-being and enjoyment and protecting their health, safety and welfare.
  • Be cheerful, inspiring and enthusiastic about wildlife and history at Gibside.
  • Become familiar with and then follow the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times.

This role will suit people who… enjoy working with children and people of all ages and abilities and who are looking to develop their own skills and experience of working in the heritage sector to enhance their CV (ideal for graduates). You should have some knowledge and experience of British natural history, working with young people and have the ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team. This role can be physically demanding at times so you need to be reasonably fit and willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Extra information


Accommodation offered is free (including utility bills except telephone/internet). The house (Chapel Cottage) is on site at Gibside, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities with potentially two other volunteers but with the privacy of your own bedroom.

Time commitment

A 37 hour week, usually Monday to Friday but you will be required on some evenings and weekends when delivery of activities is required.

What you need to wear/ bring

Range of clothes suitable for working in the outdoors in all weathers. We will provide some National Trust branded clothing. Crockery, cooking utensils and furniture are all provided in the house. Bring your own towels & bedding. Enthusiasm, energy, commitment and a smile are a must!


There is funding available for training that will be specific to this type of role to help you in developing a career in this field. This could include customer service, safeguarding, developing & delivering outdoor activities, bushcraft, wildlife identification, the use of hand tools, communication and First Aid.


Basic food costs can be reimbursed accompanied with receipts (limits apply)


Enhanced DBS check is required. A full driving licence would be helpful.

To apply

Email a CV and cover letter to Elizabeth.Jenner@nationaltrust.org.uk.  

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