Wildlife Explorer Assistant Youth Leader

RSPB Pagham Harbour & Medmerry Nature Reserves

Pagham, West Sussex

Volunteer • Part Time

www.rspb.org.uk lisa.green@rspb.org.uk 02079403050 Lisa Green

Reference: 7823

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

At the RSPB we are passionate about young people and about nature. Our youth groups have the potential to play a really important role in local communities offering young people regular opportunities to get to know the wild places close to them and to be supported by enthusiastic adult volunteers. Our youth groups are fun, keeping young people engaged and interested; enable them to discover and learn new things; social so they feel part of the bigger picture and empowering to motivate them to help us save nature.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to inspire the next generation and help run games and activities for our Wildlife Explorer group at Pagham Harbour to encourage them to explore nature and develop a concern for the future. This group meets on the last Saturday of the month from 2-4pm and is for young people aged 12 and under.

Why we want you

The RSPB’s purpose is to save nature. People’s growing disconnection from nature is a significant strategic threat to nature conservation and we must take a lead in reversing the trend.

Only 10% of children regularly play in natural places, compared to 40% in the 1970s. Contact with nature in childhood has many benefits – across health, well-being and educational outcomes. But fewer children are developing a connection to nature, and this will translate into fewer champions of the natural world in the near future as young people are tomorrow’s conservationists.

What’s in it for you?

As a Wildlife Explorer leader you will have the opportunity to enthuse and inspire young people about nature and wildlife, the environment and conservation. This is a vital role and you will be playing your part in helping the RSPB to give the next generation the knowledge and skills they will need to save nature. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, and you will be helping us to meet our aim that every young person should have regular contact with nature and value the wildlife around them. We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

We offer you a Volunteer discount card as a thank you for your commitment.

The skills you need

  • You need to enjoy working with young people and have a passion for nature. You don’t need to be an expert as you will learn a lot as you go along.
  • You will need energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
  • Be able to lead fun environmental games and activities for young people which will encourage them to explore the natural world and help them to develop a concern for the environment.
  • Enjoy planning and leading activities
  • The ability to communicate with young people and their families.
  • The ability to work as a team.
  • Basic computer skills desirable, training will be given in the use of our on-line support system
  • Be an excellent local representative of the RSPB

What we expect from you:

  • You are required undertake Safeguarding training and your Youth Officer/Main Leader will discuss Leadership training with you to assess the best way to develop your leadership skills.
  • Groups meet monthly with a programme of mainly outdoor events. With preparation time, you will need 6 hours a month.
  • Minimum commitment: Six meetings a year covering a variety of topics and approaches from wildlife walks to environmental games and crafts. Duration: Ongoing Period: All year round
  • All Leaders receive a review at the end of a six month trial period. Your Main Leader will carry out this review with you to check that you are suitable for the role of Assistant Leader.
  • You will need to attend a group review session following a biannual review visit from the Youth Officer or RSPB representative.
  • In line with the RSPB Safeguarding Policy, the background of all group leaders will be checked through the DBS/PVG/Access Northern Ireland checking process. Checks will be undertaken by the RSPB and two references will be taken up.
  • All volunteer Leaders and Helpers must follow the RSPB’s Safeguarding Policy at all times

The RSPB will provide the following support to Wildlife Explorer groups

  • Insurance - the RSPB will provide Public liability insurance and Personal Accident cover for all RSPB Wildlife Explorer activities which are run in accordance with our guidelines.
  • Provide training for leaders, both on line and face to face. Cover the costs of First Aid training delivered by an approved supplier for two leaders per group.
  • Provide an on-line Workspace where Wildlife Explorer leaders can access up to date guidance, forms, templates, branding information and news.
  • Provide labels so that groups can mail members in their areas. Please note strict guidelines about the use of these must be adhered to.
  • Provide an on-line/email version of leaders guide four times a year.
  • Provide an RSPB staff member as a key contact.
  • An RSPB staff member or representative will visit each group a minimum of once every two years.

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