Schools Outreach - Volunteer Session Leader/Assistant (Early Years Role also available)

Sunday 4 January 2015
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Volunteering at home
Various locations

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'll be visiting primary schools and Early Years settings armed and ready to deliver our inspiring outreach sessions. They are 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 whether it be bug hunting, birdwatching or finding daisies. We have 3 different workshops for children in Years 1 to 6 – Big Schools Birdwatch, Bioblitz and Giving Nature a Home. Each workshop lasts 60-90 minutes and is focussed on learning outdoors. We also offer specially developed Early Years sessions lasting about 90 minutes, including activities such as birdwatching, minibeast hunts and sensory activities. We are looking for volunteers to help us to deliver this ambitious project. Following a period of shadowing the Schools Project Outreach Officer, you will be leading sessions with a class of children and their teacher, inspiring them to get up close to what creeps, crawls and flies in their school grounds. Alternatively, as a Session Assistant, you would help the session leader with the task, including preparing and tidying resources and providing hands-on support for the children. Key duties and responsibilities • Deliver high quality standardised learning activities to primary school children and/or children in Early Years settings • Engage with the participants to inspire them about wildlife • Facilitate the participants' learning during the activity • Assist with equipment and resource maintenance • Regularly check and respond to emails as this will be our primary method of communicating with you and for sending requests through to you • Assist with feedback and evaluation • Attend an initial induction and training session and participate in occasional skills devel

The skills you need

• Abundant enthusiasm, with the ability to communicate your passion for the natural world to help connect children with nature • Some experience of working with young people. All volunteers will require a referee who can vouch for their suitability to work with children.) • An interest in wildlife, conservation and the natural environment • A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to engage with primary-aged children of all abilities • A willingness to learn new skills • Well organised, with effective communication skills to liaise with other volunteers and schools • Confidence to travel independently to schools and positively represent the RSPB • Computer literacy - ability to use e-mail, internet, word processing Desirable skills/experience: • Some knowledge of wildlife gardening • Basic identification skills Equipment required • Access to the internet and a current, regularly checked email address is essential as this is how we will contact you with working requests and important information updates

Your time

One day a fortnight during term time(though we can be flexible on this)
During school term time, flexible hours

What's in it for you?

Benefits • Experience and training in the sessions on offer • Knowledge that the role you will be carrying out will be playing a vital part in inspiring young people about the natural world • Experience of working with young people for a well-known environmental charity • Knowing that you are helping young people's learning • Relevant training for the role eegg safeguarding, risk assessments, H & S • You will be a valuable member of a professional team The RSPB will provide • A Volunteer Induction and Welcome pack • An induction to the regional, national and local RSPB educational opportunities • Induction to the RSPB, it's vision and ways of working • Regular line management support (appraisals, 1:1 meetings) • Training in delivery of the specific sessions on offer • Access to existing RSPB resources and educational products • Safeguarding training • Relevant H&S training • Regular information and updates about RSPB work • RSPB uniform and name badge • Travel & out of pocket expenses

How to apply


Rosalind Allen, Various locations


Before starting in role we'd ask you to attend: an induction to the RSPB, it's 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. Rosalind Allen (Schools Outreach Project Officer – Nottingham and Derby) is the line manager for these roles in Nottingham and Derby and should always be your first point of contact. Please contact them with any queries about the volunteer roles. Rosalind can be contacted on 0115 947 6202 Ext 226 (Mobile: 07540 127105) or emailed at 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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