Learning Support Volunteer, Ribble Discovery Centre

Posted:
Tuesday 14 May 2019
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people
Location:
Ribble Discovery Centre

What we're looking for

Do you remember seeing your first shore crab? Share in the excitement as a volunteer helping us to deliver our exciting educational programme to visiting school groups and families events where typical activities include hands-on mud dipping on the estuary, mini beast hunting in the woodland and exploration of the sand dunes. Our learning programme aims to give schoolchildren the chance to experience nature first-hand and by helping the group, you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! We are looking for people to assist our Learning and Visitor Experience Officer with making sure the children get the most out of their visit. The Ribble Discovery Centre, which we run in partnership with Fylde Borough Council, offers a unique hands-on and fun learning experience. With opportunities to uncover the secrets of the Ribble estuary mud and creatures that call it home, to practical field work on the sand-dunes, there are opportunities for all key stages.

The skills you need

Essential skills/experience needed: * A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment * 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 of young people * 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

Minimum:
Approx one day a week during summer term
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
All year round, but mainly March to October

What's in it for you?

An induction to the site and it's wild and wonderful habitats 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 and families Opportunities to share/gain natural history knowledge Relevant health and safety training An RSPB uniform and name badge References, if appropriate

How to apply

Contact

Jo Taylor, Ribble Discovery Centre
Tel: 01253 796292
Email: Jo.Taylor@RSPB.ORG.UK

Notes

References will be taken up. Appropriate training, tools and equipment will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. 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 7380