Schools Outreach Volunteer - Plymouth

In this role you will be responsible for delivering sessions in schools and/or nurseries and early years settings, helping children to explore nature in their school or nursery grounds.

Wednesday 22 May 2019
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 education settings ready to deliver our inspiring outreach sessions. They're designed to give educators 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're looking for volunteers with a real passion for enthusing children about the natural world to play a key part in this project. Following training and with ongoing support you will be given the opportunity to lead structured sessions with classes of children (aged 3-12 yrs). These workshops are aimed at inspiring them to get close up to what creeps, crawls and flies in their school grounds. Teachers will be present at all times. Tasks will include: • Leading on delivering our standardised learning activities to primary and/or early years children • Each of the workshops last at least 60 minutes and focuses predominantly on learning outdoors. • Inspiring children about wildlife, facilitating their learning during activities. • Assisting with equipment and resource maintenance as necessary • Assisting with feedback and evaluation

The skills you need

The skills you need:- Essential: - • Bags of enthusiasm and a natural at communicating your passion for nature to children. • Genuinely enjoy working with children ranging in age from 3 to 12 yrs. • A resourceful, flexible and creative approach to working with children. • Enjoy working outdoors. • Well organised and reliable. • A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and nature. • 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, Google Calendar and MS Word. It would be desirable (though not essential) if you also have the following: - • Basic wildlife identification skills.

Your time

One day a fortnight (though we can be flexible on this)
Now until July 2019
During school term time, flexible hours

What's in it for you?

• An excellent opportunity to play a vital part in inspiring children about the natural world. • Develop skills to engage children in the outdoor learning environment. • Training in safeguarding and risk assessments. • Boost your CV by volunteering with a well-known charity and gaining environmental education experience. • Enjoy being part of a welcoming, fun and professional team.

How to apply


Gemma Dunn, South West England Regional Office
Tel: 01392 432691
Email: Gemma.Dunn@RSPB.ORG.UK


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 and 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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