Schools on Reserves Learning Assistant


Minsmere, Suffolk

Volunteer • Part Time 01728 648088 Christopher Ford

Reference: 7714

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 9th June 2019  

Do you remember finding your first ladybird? 

Share in the excitement as a volunteer and you will have the opportunity to deliver our education programme to visiting schools where typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. 

To help us deliver environmental education at our reserves we need you to deliver fun and exciting activities as part of out of classroom learning. Our Schools on Reserves programme aims to give schoolchildren the chance to experience nature first-hand and you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! 

Minsmere nature reserve is a beautiful and rugged wildlife haven and an excellent and inspiring place for the education of young people. With its position at the heart of Suffolk's beautiful coastline it has worldwide status for its rare habitats and variety of species. It offers visiting schools the chance to study many different habitats with a beach, sand dunes, ponds, reed beds, grasslands, woodlands and heath lands all in close proximity. 

What's in it for you: 

The opportunity to make a real difference enriching the lives of youngsters and inspiring them to care and learn more about the natural world with the RSPB. 

We'll give you training and experience to build your confidence in helping children have wonderful hands-on experiences with nature. We can potentially give you the skills to kick start a career in environmental or community education. You'll be part of a small friendly team of staff and volunteers and have the opportunity to make new friends. 

Essential Skills/Experience needed:  

  • A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment 
  • An enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills 
  • A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children 
  • The confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme, both in the field and the classroom, with a group of students and their teacher. 
  • Abundant enthusiasm and excellent communication skills. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children of differing needs and levels of understanding. 
  • Self-motivated with ability to work as part of a team and alone. 
  • Good organisation skills.
  • Computer literacy - ability to use e-mail, internet, word processing

Desirable skills/experience: 

  • Field teaching experience would be an advantage. 
  • Some ecological knowledge of habitat types would be an advantage 
  • Some knowledge of the local history of the area would be an advantage

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