Rye Meadlings toddler group leader

Rye Meadlings toddler group leader

Tuesday 15 September 2015
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Publicity and promotional, Inspiring young people
Rye Meads

What we're looking for

We believe that when it comes to getting children outdoors and inspiring a love of nature, the earlier they start the better! At RSPB Rye Meads, we have established a very popular toddler group which focuses on outdoor play and nature activities. We are looking for a friendly person who is passionate about working outdoors with young children to plan and lead our toddler sessions. You will always have assistance running the session. Tasks will include: • Planning the session and creating resources • Leading the sessions, which can include: outdoor messy play, sensory activities, stories/ songs, nature themed activities, eg: bug hunting, nature walk, natural crafts etc., • Being responsible for a group of children who are at all times accompanied by parents or carers. • Promoting the RSPB and gaining new members for the reserve.

The skills you need

We are looking for an enthusiastic, personable individual who can communicate well with under 5's, as well as their parents and carers who may or may not come from an outdoors background. Our visitors range from those who are active wildlife enthusiasts, to those who wouldn't recognise a starling, so it is important you can communicate with a wide range of people. Previous experience working with children is required, in addition to enthusiasm for the natural world. You will have responsibility for the group so will need to feel confident leading a group and dealing with problems that may arise. Training will be provided in areas such as First Aid and Safeguarding. As this is a permanent volunteer role that requires in-house and external training, we are looking for someone who can commit to regular volunteering. Key skills: • A friendly and approachable manner • Experience working with children • Confident to lead a group of up to 15 toddlers and adults • An interest in the outdoors and enthusiasm about sharing • Reliable and organised • Creative and adaptable • Willie.g.ngness to attend internal and external training e.g.e.g. First Aid, safeguarding)

Your time

2 days per month (1st and 3rd Monday of the month) plus planning time
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is an exciting opportunity to get creative and have fun outdoors. There is something special about seeing children hold their first snail or see the delight on their faces as they watch a robin foraging for worms. You will facilitate these moments and have the satisfaction of seeing children grow in confidence and knowledge. You will be in charge of the sessions so will be able to make them your own, while also having the support of staff at the reserve and access to well-stocked cupboards of resources and equipment. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work. You will be part of a large network of volunteers here at Rye Meads.

How to apply


Bryony Tuijl, Rye Meads
Tel: 01992 708 383
Email: rye.meads@rspb.org.uk


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. The group runs the first and third Monday of the month from 10.30- 12.00. You would need to arrive beforehand to set up and factor in some time for planning and making resources as needed. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to Birdlife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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