Schools Outreach Volunteer, Leeds

As a Schools Outreach Volunteer you will play an essential role. You will be part of a team delivering sessions in schools, helping children to explore nature in their school grounds.

Tuesday 24 July 2018
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 descending on primary schools ready to deliver our inspiring outreach sessions. 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 whether it be bug hunting, bird watching or finding daisies. 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 Officer we'd ask you to take the lead on delivering three different workshops with classes of children (age range between 5-12yrs). 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 focuses predominantly on learning outdoors. Each workshop starts indoors with a classroom talk to prepare the class for the activity. • 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 skills and experience needed: •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 or an aspiration to work with young people. •A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the natural environment. •A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with primary-aged children of all abilities. •A willingness to learn new skills. •Well organised, with effective communication skills to liaise with RSPB colleagues, other volunteers and schools. •Good time management – ability to arrive at schools 15mins prior to start of workshop i.e.. 8.45am. •A willingness to work on your own. •Computer literacy - ability to use e-mail, internet, word processing. •Happy working outdoors in schools grounds in all but extreme weather. Desirable skills/experience: •Some knowledge of wildlife gardening. •Basic identification skills.

Your time

A minimum of one fixed day per fortnight for six months (though we can be flexible on this)
During school term time, flexible hours

What's in it for you?

•A Volunteer Induction and Welcome pack. •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. •Fantastic work experience opportunity for careers in nature conservation and teaching. •Safeguarding training. •Relevant H&S training. •Regular information and updates about RSPB work. •RSPB uniform and name badge. •Travel to school visits and meetings (up to 25 miles each way) & out of pocket expenses.

How to apply


Joanne McAllister, Various locations
Email: Joanne.McAllister@RSPB.ORG.UK


Before starting in the 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. Please be aware there is no office base for this 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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