RSPB Dolphinwatch Schools Volunteer

Monday 27 August 2018
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people
East Scotland Regional Office

What we're looking for

Do you remember the thrill of seeing your first wild dolphin? Or exploring your first rockpool and finding crabs scuttling amongst the rocks? Thanks to funding from the Scottish Power Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund, RSPB Dolphinwatch are creating a brand new marine themed education programme for local schools in Aberdeen. As part of the RSPB's aim to connect as many children as possible to nature this new education programme will help to excite children about our amazing marine wildlife. The programme will involve an indoor classroom session at the school to introduce the teachers and pupils to the array of marine life in the area, the threats they face and ways we can all help protect the environment. This will be followed by an onsite visit to Torry Battery for a selection of outdoor activities designed to connect children with the marine environment, activity could include; rock-pooling, dolphin watching and beach art. We're looking for volunteers with a real passion for enthusing children about the marine environment to play a key part in this project. Following a period of shadowing the Dolphinwatch Community Events Officer we'd ask you to take the lead on delivering the Dolphin Day on your own to a range of ages (5-12yrs). Teachers would be present at all times. Tasks will include: • Leading on delivering our standardised indoor education session, lasting up to 1.5 hours depending on age of the children. • Leading on delivering our standardised outdoor activities onsite at Torry Battery. Up to 3 activities totalling up to 1.5 hours. • 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: • Enthusiasm and a natural at communicating your passion for nature to children • Enjoys and is confident in working with children ranging in age from 5 to 12 years • A resourceful, flexible and creative approach to working with children • A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and nature • Well organised and a great communicator • Great at working in a team and on your own • Happy to work outside near the coast in sometimes windy conditions • Happy to take instructions, keen to learn new skills • Computer literate, ability to use email, Microsoft word and Excel to a basic level • A valid UK drivers license (access to own car preferable) Desirable: • Experience of working with children/working in education • Some knowledge of animals found in rock-pools • Basic identification skills for marine wildlife

Your time

minimum 2 days a month, flexible days (weekdays only)
August - July weekdays only

What's in it for you?

• An excellent opportunity to play a vital part in inspiring children about the marine environment and wildlife in Aberdeen. • Great experience in environmental education. • Build on existing skills and learn & develop new skills. • Training in safeguarding and health & safety • Boost your CV by volunteering with a well-known charity. • Gaining an understanding of why connecting children to nature is so important. • The opportunity to try out these activities for yourself, have a great time, and learn along with the children. • Working in a friendly, like minded team of RSPB staff and volunteers. • If you would like to expand your experience with us, you will also have the opportunity to help deliver family and community events which focus on inspiring children & families to take action to protect their local marine life. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply


Sadie Gorvett, East Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 01224 624824
Email: Sadie.Gorvett@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 school sessions we offer • Safeguarding and health & safety training In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), Access NI in Northern Ireland, or a PVG Scheme registration check from Volunteer Scotland in Scotland. Contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090811 for more information. Contact Volunteer Scotland on 01786 849777 for more information. Contact Access NI on 0300 200 7888 for more information. References will also be taken up. All training necessary and background information will be provided and since you are giving up your time, it is only fair we offer to re-imburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles max). How to apply Please email your CV to You will be invited in for an informal interview to meet the Dolphinwatch Community Events Officer and learn more about what the role entails. Dolphinwatch is a project funded by ScottishPowerFoundation and Heritage Lottery Fund and led by RSPB Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the Aberdeen Harbour Board Community Action Fund. 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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