Education Volunteer

Canal & River Trust

London and Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: environmental education

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

What's involved?

If you enjoy working with children and want to inspire them to learn about our local heritage, wildlife and landscape, join our team of Explorer Education Volunteers based in Milton Keynes, West London or Central/East London!

We host school and group visits to the waterside, broadening learning through hands-on activities, workshops and events. We also deliver within schools, providing resource-rich learning opportunities.

You will need to be able to volunteer flexibly to respond to group requests, committing to at least 3 or 4 days a month (usually between 9am – 3.30pm with at least two weeks' notice). We work with schools across Milton Keynes and along our waterways through London, with visit sites at Fenny Stratford, Hanwell Flight, Brentford Locks, Limehouse Basin and the Olympic Park.

What's in it for you?

The opportunity to learn more about waterway heritage and wildlife; use your skills and learn new ones; be in an attractive environment; meet new people and of course, inspire children!

We give you full training and provide resources for leading groups of children, with a number of training days and team meetings. You will have the support of an Learning & Skills Co-ordinator as well as the other volunteers in your team. We reimburse you for all travel costs.

What skills are we looking for?

  • Previous experience of hands-on learning with children, or a strong desire to gain experience in this area.
  • The ability to enthuse young people through talks and activities.
  • The ability to volunteer flexibly, particularly during school term times, and to work within a team.
  • This role involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk, as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken and references will be sought. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to volunteering with us.

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