Schools Outreach Session Leader Volunteer

Posted:
Friday 20 November 2015
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Volunteering at home
Location:
At home

What we're looking for

Do you remember the thrill of finding your first ladybird? As part of the RSPB's aim to connect as many children as possible to nature we're offering our inspiring outreach sessions free to all primary schools in Swansea. They're designed to give teachers and their pupils all the support they need to explore the natural world around them. The sessions are fun and interactive, allowing plenty of opportunities for first-hand experiences of nature involving bug hunting, bird watching and mapping school grounds for nature. We're looking for volunteers with a real passion for enthusing children about the natural world to play a key part in this project. Following a period of shadowing the Schools Outreach Project Officer, you'll be asked to take the lead on delivering three different workshops with classes of children in KS1 and KS2 (years 1-6). These workshops are aimed at inspiring them to get close up to what creeps, crawls and flies in their school grounds. Teachers would be present at all times. Tasks will include: •• Leading on delivering our standardised learning activities to primary school children – each of the three workshops last 90 minutes and involves giving a short presentation in the classroom followed by an activity within the school grounds . • Inspiring children about wildlife, facilitating their learning during activities. • Assisting with equipment and resource maintenance as necessary • Regularly checking and responding to emails as this will be our primary method of communicating with you and for sending school requests through to you. • Assisting with feedback and evaluation

The skills you need

Essential: • • bags of enthusiasm and a natural at communicating your passion for nature to children • genuinely enjoys working with children ranging in age from 5 to 11 yrs • a resourceful, flexible and creative approach to working with children • a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and nature • enjoys working outdoors • well organised, great communicator, excellent time management • ability to travel to schools across Swansea and arrive by 8.45am • great at working in a team and on your own • happy to take instructions, keen to learn new skills • computer literate, ability to use email, internet, MS Word It would be desirable (though not essential) if you also have the following: • some knowledge of wildlife gardening • basic identification skills • the ability to speak Welsh

Your time

Minimum:
One day a fortnight (though we can be flexible on this)
Duration:
3 year project
Period:
School term time, usually between 8:45am-3:30pm

What's in it for you?

An excellent opportunity to play a vital part in inspiring children about the natural world. Build on existing skills and learn & develop new skills. Boost your CV by volunteering with a well known charity - we'd supply you with a reference. Enjoy being part of a professional team.

How to apply

Contact

Sarah Reed, Wales HQ
Tel: 029 2035 3000
Email: Sarah.Reed@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Before starting in role we'd ask you to attend: an induction to the RSPB, its vision and ways of working; an induction to the role; training in the delivery of specific schools sessions we offer. We'd also offer safeguarding and health & safety training. We'd reimburse any out-of-pocket travel expenses, provide you with RSPB uniform and name badge, and of course give you ongoing support in your role. 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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