RSPB Youth Group Main Leader

Monday 1 February 2016
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Community groups
Scotland Headquarters,Fundraising & Communications

What we're looking for

As part of the RSPB's aim to connect as many children as possible to nature, we are looking for someone to lead our Edinburgh Phoenix Youth group for young people ages 11-16. Phoenix youth groups are part of our teenage offer for young people, part of our nationwide Wildlife Explorers. Alongside a team of assistant and youth leaders, you will be able to give young people the opportunity to explore, discover and enjoy the natural world. Being part of RSPB Youth Group is a fun, fulfilling and challenging experience that gives you the chance to inspire the next generation of budding conservationists. Being part of RSPB Youth Group is a fun, fulfilling and challenging experience that gives you the chance to contribute to RSPB Wildlife Explorers (the junior membership of the RSPB) and Giving Nature a Home. We believe young people are tomorrow's conservationists and that's why we need your help to make sure they gain experience exploring the wildlife near them. The RSPB has over 90 RSPB Wildlife Explorers groups across the UK and we wish to increase this number, to continue and grow the fantastic work these groups do.

The skills you need

Essential: Bags of enthusiasm and a natural at communicating your passion for nature to young people Genuinely enjoys working with young people ranging in age from 11-16 A resourceful, flexible and creative approach to working with young people Enjoys working outdoors Well organised, great communicator A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and nature Great at working in a team and on your own Happy to take instructions, keen to learn new skills Computer literate, ability to use email, internet, MS Word It would be desirable (though not essential) if you also have the following: Some knowledge of wildlife gardening Basic identification skills Experience with working with this age group preferred A good knowledge of Health & Safety and Child Protection law

Your time

Ten to twelve meetings a year.
All year round

What's in it for you?

An excellent opportunity to play a vital part in inspiring young people about wildlife, birds, the environment and conservation (no prior knowledge or experience in conservation is needed). Build on existing skills and learn & develop new skills in leadership, outdoor facilitation, outdoor education session planning, team management and safeguarding. RSPB In-house training and career development opportunities such as wildlife ID training (based on the hours served). Support and guidance from experienced RSPB staff. Volunteer cards issued to those who give 50 hours that gives you a range of discounts plus free entry to RSPB nature reserves. Free membership to PVG disclosure scheme, plus safeguarding and health & safety training. Enhanced CV by volunteering with a well-known charity - we'd supply you with a reference. Enjoy being part of a professional team. Your volunteer tasks will include: Designing, planning and co-facilitating monthly outdoor 'Connection to Nature;' experiences for a group of young people (aged 11-16). (Indoors if the weather's really bad!). Developing opportunities for the group to experience and take action for nature through site visits, practical conservation tasks and outdoor learning. Coordinating and managing a team of assistant, youth and communications volunteers Inspiring children about wildlife, facilitating their learning during activities. Procurement and/hiring of equipment and resources as necessary. Regularly checking and responding to emails from the Families & Youth officer at RSPB Keeping records of attendance and assisting with feedback and evaluation. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe, where we can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply


Christina Skounti, Scotland Headquarters,Fundraising & Communications
Tel: 0131 317 4100
Email: Christina.Skounti@RSPB.ORG.UK


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. Contact: or the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090811 for more information. on 01786 849777 for more information. or Access NI on 0300 200 7888 for more information. References will also be taken up. All training necessary and background information will be provided and since you are giving up your time, it is only fair we offer to reimburse your travel expenses (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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