Seven Lochs Schools Outreach Volunteer

Posted:
Monday 13 August 2018
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Volunteering at home
Location:
Various locations

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? Destined to become Scotland's largest urban nature park, the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is an exciting new Green Network project. In summer 2016 The Seven Lochs Partnership secured £4.5 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which will support the £6.8 million project to develop the Seven Lochs Wetland Park as a major new heritage park for Scotland. Bringing together almost 20 sq km of lochs, parks, nature reserves and woodlands between Glasgow and Coatbridge the park already offers an exciting range of things to see and do. Encompassing seven lochs, five local nature reserves, a country park and one of Glasgow's oldest buildings at Provan Hall, the park's miles of walking and cycling routes provide the perfect place to appreciate the abundance of nature all around. RSPB Scotland is working the Seven Lochs Partnership to help children in the primary schools of the area connect with nature and make the most of their local wild spaces. We need someone to enthuse children about the nature on their doorstep; we'd love someone who cares about this area and really wants to make the difference to future generations from the Seven Lochs area. 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. 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 nature connection sessions- igniting children's curiosity and showing them the difference they can make to their environment.

The skills you need

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. Enthusiasm for both wildlife and conservation are vital. You will have good organisational skills, being motivated and able to take instruction. You will be asked to work on your own initiative at times too, contacting local schools to offer our free sessions and taking bookings to be delivered by yourself, other volunteers and/or our Outreach Officer.

Your time

Minimum:
one and a half hour sessions per week
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
During term time, some non-term time

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. We can be flexible to suit your current schedule. 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, Various locations
Tel:
Email: Sanda.Aird@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Following a period of training and shadowing you will be responsible for leading sessions in local green space and school. We expect school staff to work with you so that you are not left unsupervised in the park or 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. Read more at: https://www.RSPB.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-at-school/for-teachers/outreach/ http://www.sevenlochs.org/

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