Nature Activity Helper

RSPB Rye Meads

Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Volunteer • Part Time 01992708383

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why we want you?

Do you remember finding your first ladybird? Share in the excitement as a volunteer and you will have the opportunity to assist RSPB staff to deliver our education programme to visiting schools, where typical activities range from pond dipping to bird watching to minibeast hunting.

What’s in it for you?

The opportunity to make a real difference enriching the lives of young people 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.

Tasks will include:

  • Helping to set up for school visits and tidy up at the end of the day.
  • Working with small groups to help them get the most of their experience
  • Sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with the visiting groups.

The skills you need

  • An enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills
  • An interest in working with young people.
  • An interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment
  • A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children
  • Great communication skills to be able to build relationships with visiting schools quickly.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work as part of a team.


In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), Access NI in Northern Ireland, or a PVG Scheme registration check from Volunteer Scotland in Scotland.

References will also be taken up.

All necessary training and equipment will be provided and travel expenses reimbursed (up to 25 miles max). The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature. 

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