Schools Outreach Volunteer, Birmingham and Black Country area

Posted:
Wednesday 27 September 2017
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Volunteering at home
Location:
Various locations

What we're looking for

The RSPB's Schools Outreach Project aims to bring thousands of primary school children closer to nature by connecting them with the nature in their school grounds. As a Schools Outreach Volunteer you'll play an essential role in this project. You'll be responsible for delivering sessions in schools, helping children to explore nature in their school grounds; igniting their curiosity, showing them the difference they can make to their environment and motivating them to spend more time outdoors. Studies show children are becoming increasingly distant from nature. As a result, our children are missing out. Experiencing natural places is beneficial to everyone, especially children, for their health, wellbeing, personal and social development and it's essential in helping children develop positive attitudes towards nature. Your natural enthusiasm and knowledge will be vital in encouraging and inspiring children and their teachers to take an interest in the wildlife on their doorstep and make their school grounds more nature-friendly.

The skills you need

We'd like you to have previous experience of working with children, preferably primary school aged. You will need excellent communication skills and should be able to work with a range of ages and abilities. You should be creative, and enthusiastic about wildlife and conservation. You'll need to be able to work as part of a team and on your own. You must be well organised and highly motivated. You will need to be able to give and take instructions. References will be sought.

Your time

Minimum:
Preferably one day a fortnight, but some flexibility
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
During school term time and hours - flexible

What's in it for you?

You will gain experience of delivering workshops and we'll provide training in the outreach sessions on offer. You'll know that the role you will be carrying out will be playing a vital part in inspiring young people about the natural world. You will develop your skills working with young people on behalf of a well-known environmental charity and will be helping young people's learning. We'll make sure you receive relevant training for the role e.g. safeguarding, risk assessments, health and safety.

How to apply

Contact

Helen Reid, Midlands Regional Office
Tel: 01295 253330
Email: Helen.Reid@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Following a period of training and shadowing you will be responsible for leading sessions in school. We expect school staff to work with you so that you are not left unsupervised in the school grounds. We will provide you with RSPB uniform. Travel expenses (within a radius of 25 miles), and other reasonable expenses incurred whilst volunteering will be reimbursed. 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 7547