Nature Activity Assistant


Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Volunteer • Part Time [email protected] 01992 708383 Yanika Hennig

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why we want you?

Do you remember finding your first worm? Splashing in muddy puddles? Running through crisp autumn leaves? We’re looking for volunteers to share their enthusiasm for the outdoors with visiting school groups, here at Rye Meads nature reserve. You do not need to be a wildlife expert, you just need to have a passion for working with young people and be happy to be outdoors in all weather.

Our schools programme here at Rye Meads includes activities ranging from: pond dipping, to bird watching to exploring the seasons and more. Sessions are led by our professional educational team and we are looking for volunteers to enhance the experience for visiting school groups.

We strongly believe that nature is for everyone and we are fully committed to helping you with any support you might need to unlock your potential. We are not yet as representative as we would like of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and younger volunteers and we particularly welcome applications that help us address this.

Because of the training involved, we are looking for people who can commit to regular volunteering- a minimum of 2 sessions a month in our busy period (March - July).

What’s in it for you?

As a schools volunteer no day will be the same. We teach in a variety of habitats and to a variety of age groups, so you will get a wide range of experience. This role will give 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. There is also the opportunity of training to lead sessions yourself.

You'll be part of a small friendly team of staff and volunteers here.

Once you have completed 50 hours of volunteering you will be eligible to receive a volunteer benefit card with discounts in various shops, plus access to our nationwide thank you events.

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   
  • 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.

Covid-19 note:

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our working practises to ensure that we are operating in a Covid-secure manner. This includes, social distancing, new hygiene regimes and procedures such as wearing facemasks where required.

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