Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor

National Trust

Gibside, Gateshead

Volunteer • Part Time

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside elizabeth.jenner@nationaltrust.org.uk 01207 541204 Elizabeth Jenner

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 19th December 2019   3 days left


Volunteer Role Description

Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor

What is an Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor?

Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor is a Gibside Heritage volunteer placement for a period of twelve months. This opportunity is aimed at anyone interested in developing outdoor education skills, these will include the preparation and delivery of outdoor educational activities. This placement would be ideal for anyone interested in a career in either outdoor or general education.

The Role of an Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor

This volunteer role will be to support the day to day operations of Gibside Activity Centre. You will have the opportunity to gain experience from working with our team of enthusiastic, well qualified and very experienced delivery team and cover a wide variety of outdoor activities and environmental studies.

You will also have the opportunity to plan and deliver fun family engagement activities, including Wild Child birthday parties, engaging events and help create interpretation for visitors to enjoy.

You will learn about, and gain experience in, the work of the residential outdoor activity centre. This will involve you in some administrative tasks including answering the telephone, responding to emails, dealing with enquiries and bookings. This broad level of all round experience and knowledge of running a residential centre will prove beneficial when securing future employment opportunities.

Previous Experience

The person appointed will not need any previous experience of delivering outdoor activities. However, the personality and ability to get on well with others is essential. Reliability, commitment, enthusiasm and a willingness to participate fully in both the activities and a range of administrative tasks are the attributes that we are looking for in a successful candidate.

Initial Training Period

Initially, you will start by shadowing our highly experienced delivery team members to enable you to observe and gain experience of how activities are delivered to various groups. Once this is established you will be encouraged to deliver some activities one your own with minimum supervision. Once you are confident to deliver activities you will be allowed to take groups on your own.

Training Bursary & Expenses

During the training period you will have the opportunity to undergo formal internal and external training with the agreement of your line manager and up to a maximum value of £1000. You will be able to claim some living on-site or travel to work expenses.

Professional Career Development

As part of your career development you will be supported in developing a Professional Development Plan which will include developing your skills in the employment application process as well as undergoing training to develop your interview skills.

In addition, you will also be invited to apply for any Learning vacancies which may appear during your time as a member of the Gibside Heritage Volunteer Placement Programme.

Future Prospects

Previous trainees have gone on the work in a range of diverse careers including: Conservation, teaching and managing their own outdoor education/Forest School business. This post gives participants the opportunity to improve their employability prospects by gaining skills and experience as part of a highly motivated and professional team of outdoor practitioners.

If you are interested in opportunity please contact Elizabeth Jenner, Learning and Community Officer Tel: 01207 541204 Email: elizabeth.jenner@nationaltrust.org.uk


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