Learning Support Volunteer, Sandwell Valley

Posted:
Tuesday 28 January 2020
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people
Location:
Sandwell Valley

What we're looking for

Do you remember seeing your first stickleback? Share in the excitement as a volunteer by assisting us to deliver our schools on reserves programme to visiting schools where typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. Our Schools on Reserves programme aims to give schoolchildren the chance to experience nature first-hand and by leading a group, and you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! We are looking for people to assist our Learning Officer with making sure the children get the most out of their visit. Sandwell Valley nature reserve, on the edge of England's second city is bursting with wildlife, it is an excellent and inspiring place for the education of young people. With its colourful history of monks, monasteries and mines; this landscape now boasts an incredible variety of wildlife and habitats. It is so important because unlike many other nature reserves, this one is in touching distance of hundreds of homes, businesses and several motorways, in other words, thousands of people just waiting to discover the nature here.

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 children * Abundant enthusiasm and excellent communication skills. * Ability to communicate effectively with children 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 1 day a week during summer term
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
During school terms, but mainly April to July

What's in it for you?

The opportunity to make a real difference enriching the lives of youngsters and inspiring them to care and learn more about the natural world with the RSPB. We'll give you training and experience to build your confidence in helping children have wonderful hands-on experiences with nature. We can potentially give you the skills to kick start a career in environmental or community education. You'll be part of a small friendly team of staff and volunteers and have the opportunity to make new friends.

How to apply

Contact

Lucy Fleming, Sandwell Valley
Tel: 01213 577395
Email: Lucy.Fleming@rspb.org.uk

Notes

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 re-imburse 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.

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