Schools on Reserves Volunteer

Are you fascinated by nature and want to encourage the next generation? Join our Schools Team and make this happen. The time has never been more important!

Wednesday 18 August 2021
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people
Ham Wall

What we're looking for

RSPB Ham Wall in the Avalon Marshes in Somerset is an amazing wetlands environment now famous for its booming bitterns, stunning starlings and dazzling dragonflies. We are looking for someone to share their enthusiasm and knowledge in the Avalon Marshes when local students visit to learn about the natural world and environmental issues. Our popular Schools on Reserves Programme runs a range of engaging sessions for Primary and Secondary school students, from Early Years to A Level. As a Schools on Reserves volunteer your role will be to support and eventually lead the taught sessions that we offer on the reserve at Ham Wall and on Shapwick Heath in partnership with Natural England.

The skills you need

Confidence to engage with young people Good communication skills Ability to plan, organise and adapt Good time management Willingness to undertake the necessary training for the role, including Safeguarding, First Aid and GDPR. We will give you support to complete this.

Your time

2 days a month, approximately
During school terms, particuarly Spring and Summer

What's in it for you?

As part of the role you will develop skills, knowledge and experience to enhance your career or to complement what you already know. You will have the pleasure of working in a small team and the fulfilment of making a difference to the lives of young people in the local area and the nature living around them. We will provide you with kit to wear and cover your basic travel expenses when you are volunteering with us. As a thank you, you will receive free entrance and parking at RSPB reserves as well as 20% discount on selected items in RSPB shops and cafes.

How to apply


Nicholas Badcott, Avalon Marshes Centre
Email: Nicholas.Badcott@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 the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090811 for more information.

Reference number 7481