Schools and Early Years Outreach Volunteer (ENGLAND, WALES & NORTHERN IRELAND)

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

Thursday 12 April 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 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 years. 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 90 minutes and focuses predominantly on learning outdoors. • 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: • bags of enthusiasm and a natural at communicating your passion for nature to children • genuinely enjoys working with children from 3 to 12 years or an age group within that range • a resourceful, flexible and creative approach to working with children • enjoys working outdoors • well organised, great communicator • 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, MS Word It would be desirable (though not essential) if you also have the following: • some knowledge of wildlife gardening • basic identification skills

Your time

One day a fortnight
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. Ability to build on existing skills and learn & develop new skills. Boost your CV by volunteering with a well known charity - we'd supply you with a reference. Enjoy being part of a professional team

How to apply


Rosalind Allen, Various locations


We have opportunities in Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham & Derby, and Belfast. 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. 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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