Immersive Learning Volunteer

National Trust

Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Volunteer • Full Time

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 4th September 2022  

Do you love the outdoors & volunteering with children? Support a team with planning & delivering education activities for children & young people. Toast marshmallows, hunt for bugs, make natural art & inspire future generations to connect to nature.

By getting involved, you could…

  • Have an amazing immersive experience volunteering (and possibly living) at a 750-acre woodland garden and heritage site.
  • Gain valuable experience of volunteering with people of all ages and backgrounds in a beautiful outdoor setting.
  • Be part of a large national organisation in the heritage sector.
  • Access to relevant internal and external training opportunities.
  • Develop bush craft skills and knowledge of wildlife while gaining experience of volunteering with young people in environmental education and visitor engagement.
  • Be part of an experienced and skilled team who will support you to gain experience and confidence to deliver group sessions.
  • Develop your communication skills through all interactions with groups and individuals as well as learn to be adaptable and flexible to customer needs.
  • Meet new people and make new friends while being part of a friendly and dedicated team.
  • Share your skills, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm with others visiting Gibside.
  • Accommodation and access to facilities may be available during your volunteering placement period.

What’s involved?

  • You will be part of the Children and Young People Team to support the development and delivery of activities for schools, develop resources and build your own transferable skills.
  • Volunteer for up to 30 hours a week for up to 12 months.
  • The role involves preparing for and assisting with the delivery of educational activities which include habitats, local history, team building, literacy, art & bushcraft themes. Activities are delivered outdoors all year round.
  • An example of a typical day during term time includes: Preparing resources for the visit before meeting the school off the coach in Market Place and welcoming them to Gibside. Guide the school to the location of their chosen activity which for example could be in the West Woods for a campfire session including toasting marshmallows. Then as a group we’d head to the Forest Room for a lunch break before completing a second activity such as searching for wildlife in the Lily Pond and Ice House Dene woods. Finally guide them back to their coach to say goodbye and thank you for visiting. After this we enjoy a nice well-earned cup of tea! We then plan and prepare for the next day, prepping resources, colleting firewood or developing new activities.
  • During the year there will be opportunities to work with the team to develop and plan activities, from the initial planning and risk assessment stage, to trialling activities then evaluating them and promoting them as part of a new offer.
  • You will help with daily admin tasks such as managing the bookings and evaluating feedback forms and replying to emails/ taking phone calls.
  • There are also opportunities to volunteer with other teams at Gibside to help deliver a wide range of visitor engagement opportunities and events.
  • During the year you will take part in a project with other immersive volunteers at Gibside working with us to set up and run a young people forum, which will aim to develop the offer for young people at Gibside
  • We ask you to be cheerful, inspiring and enthusiastic about wildlife and history at Gibside.
  • We’ll help you get to know Gibside, how you can help and how you will work with the rest of the team – with induction and training including safeguarding.
  • We provide equipment to be safe and confident in your role
  • Before starting we will need to carry out a DBS check and obtain two references.
  • We’ll cover agreed expenses for your travel between home and Gibside. If this is not practical we can discuss onsite accommodation and agreed expenses.

This role will suit you if you are …

  • A person who enjoys volunteering with children and young people and are looking to develop your own skills and experience of volunteering with them in the heritage sector in order to enhance your CV.
  • A person who enjoys talking to people, likes getting stuck in and working as a team to provide positive experiences for others.
  • Cheerful and positive
  • Inspiring and enthusiastic about wildlife and history at Gibside
  • An enthusiastic team worker
  • Keen to learn new skills
  • Looking for an immersive experience of the National Trust or the heritage sector
  • Interested in understanding how we care for our places at National Trust over time
  • Interested in volunteering for up to 12 months
  • Gibside is one of the National Trust's Children and Young people hubs and part of our agenda is to create employment pathway opportunities for young people. This opportunity is open to anyone but we are particularly interested in receiving applications from younger volunteers aged 18-25

For further information please contact [email protected]

Applications: Please email a cover letter and CV to [email protected]