Schools Outreach Volunteer - Glasgow

Posted:
Friday 22 April 2016
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Volunteering at home
Location:
South and West Scotland Regional Office

What we're looking for

Are you passionate about nature in Glasgow? Do you want to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with primary schools in your community and help us to inspire the next generation of nature protectors? Be part of our Education team, and deliver nature sessions to primary schools and early years' establishments around Glasgow. Following a period of shadowing and supporting sessions, we'd ask you to take the lead on delivering three different workshops with classes of children (5-12yrs in primary and 3-5yrs early years). The sessions are fun and interactive, allowing plenty of opportunities for first-hand experiences of nature. Children are becoming increasingly distant from nature. 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. We believe that connecting children to nature in their local area and beyond is vital for securing the future of our wildlife. 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. As a Schools Outreach Volunteer you will deliver our nature connection sessions- igniting children's curiosity and showing them the difference they can make to their environment.

The skills you need

Enthusiasm for both wildlife and conservation are vital, and you will enjoy working outdoors. Ideally you will have some experience of working with children (preferably primary), but if not, an interest in developing these skills and the ability to engage groups is essential. You will need excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a range of ages and abilities. You will be motivated and motivating and have good organisational skills. Your Time You will be available to deliver at least one session every week/ fortnight. During school term time and hours.

Your time

Minimum:
One day a fortnight (though we can be flexible on this)
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
During school term time, flexible hours

What's in it for you?

Contribute to your local community, by enthusing children to connect with and take action for the nature all around them. Whether you have taught before, or have an interest in teaching, or just want to pass on your passion for nature! We provide a supportive environment for you to develop and showcase your skills. You will be a valued member of our professional team, with relevant training provided as well as a period of time shadowing our Schools Outreach Officer. You will also have access to our wider range of e-learning modules. We run group training sessions, and social events for our volunteers- so meet with likeminded people and share ideas and inspiration.

How to apply

Contact

Sandra Aird, South and West Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 0141 331 0993
Email: Sandra.Aird@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Following a period of training and shadowing you will be responsible for securing and 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 and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. 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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