Learning Support Volunteer, Fairburn Ings

Monday 21 August 2017
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Community groups
Fairburn Ings

What we're looking for

Do you remember fishing for sticklebacks? Share in the excitement by assisting us in our delivery of our learning programmes to visiting school groups. Typical outdoor activities include hands on explorations of meadows, woodland and ponds and wildlife watching from hides. Our exciting learning programmes aim to give young people the chance to experience nature first-hand and by helping the groups you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! We are looking for enthusiastic people to work alongside our Learning Officer undertaking essential supportive tasks e.g. helping small groups of children, carrying equipment, setting up and clearing away. Fairburn Ings is an oasis for wildlife in the Aire valley. With thousands of ducks and geese in the winter, and dragonflies, terns and swallows in the summer, there is something exciting to see every day of the year. With two large classrooms, a boardwalk and large wildlife-viewing and pond-dipping platforms, Fairburn Ings is a marvellous place for young people to have an unforgettable experience of nature.

The skills you need

Essential Skills/Experience needed: * A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment, but no expertise required! * An enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills * A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities * Abundant enthusiasm and excellent communication skills * Ability to communicate effectively with people of differing needs and levels of understanding * Ability to work as part of a busy team * Good organisation skills * Computer literacy - ability to use e-mail, Internet, word processing Desirable skills/experience: * Some ecological knowledge of habitat types would be an advantage * Some knowledge of the local history of the area would be an advantage

Your time

Approx one day a week during summer term
During school terms, but mainly April to July

What's in it for you?

An induction to the reserve Induction to the RSPB, it's vision and ways of working An opportunity to be part of the country's largest nature conservation charity The opportunity to become part of a friendly, supportive team Regular line management support Opportunities to have fun in an outdoor learning environment with young people Opportunities to share/gain natural history knowledge Relevant health and safety training An RSPB uniform and name badge References, if appropriate

How to apply


Jan Elsworth, Fairburn Ings
Tel: 01977 628191
Email: Jan.Elsworth@rspb.org.uk


References will 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.

Reference number 7368