Learning and Participation Volunteer

Devon Wildlife Services - Seaton Jurassic

Seaton, Devon

Volunteer • Full Time

seatonjurassic.org info@seatonjurassic.org 01297 300 390 Zoe Hughes

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Monday, 18th February 2019   Closes today

The Seaton Jurassic Centre aims to engage thousands of people every year with the unique marine, coastal and geological heritage of the East Devon coast and to attract a range of new visitors to the town of Seaton. The Centre is operated by Devon Wildlife Services, a trading subsidiary of the wildlife charity, Devon Wildlife Trust.

What will you be doing?

This is a substantial role in which you will be supporting the Learning and Participation Officer in building mutually beneficial, long lasting relationships with our local school communities and provide learning opportunities that can be enjoyed by a broad range of people. This volunteer post is ideal for someone who is looking for a career in environmental education or community engagement and will provide the skills and experience that are essential to be successful in obtaining employment within this highly competitive sector.

Who are we looking for?

This role will suit someone with a passion for nature and plenty of enthusiasm and motivation, good communication skills and experience of working with children. A flexible approach, friendly personality, and the ability to work well as part of a team will also be required. We are looking for a commitment of 6-12 months. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Activities may involve:

You will be involved with a wide range of tasks that contribute towards raising awareness of Seaton’s natural heritage through education and interpretation such as:

  • Organising and leading public events.
  • Supporting formal educational activities with schools. This could include school talks, working on school grounds development projects, developing resources for schools, leading/assisting with field trips and nature walks, and visits to Seaton Jurassic.
  • Supporting informal education e.g. events such as running an activity at the Natural Seaton Festival.
  • Increasing our community involvement, particularly with our identified target audiences.
  • Giving talks and demonstrations.

What’s in it for you

There will be a large element of hands-on practice alongside experienced staff. The Learning and Participation Volunteer will receive training in a range of education skills and will be supported in the application of these skills to real projects.

The Learning and Participation Volunteer will gain a better understanding of the school curriculum and how it can be used to deliver wildlife objectives. They will learn about the importance of real engagement with school communities for empowerment and shared decision making, by working in partnership with teachers and with volunteers. They will develop an understanding of the principles of outreach education and experience the practical application of this in order to inspire and enable people to value and protect their local natural heritage into the future.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to send your CV and covering letter to info@seatonjurassic.org, setting out why you wish to undertake the role and why you think you would be suitable for the position. If you feel it would present you better, please include an additional application in a form of your choosing such as a video/sound recording of no more than five minutes, PowerPoint presentation, website etc.

As this role involves both working with children and representing Seaton Jurassic externally, we must operate a robust recruitment process. It is important to ensure that we have the right volunteer in the role so that we are fulfilling our legal duty to safeguard yourself and the children we work with. As such, this role is subject to two character references and an enhanced DBS check. Although these references should not be family members, we can be flexible regarding who the actual referees are.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview at the Centre.

Closing date: 18th February, 9 a.m.

Interview date: 5th March 2019

Role start date: 1st April 2019

Please visit the following page to download a role profile: https://seatonjurassic.org/vol...

Please mention environmentjob.co.uk when responding to this ad.