Nature Connector - Dippy the Dinosaur

Posted:
Monday 17 December 2018
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Community groups
Location:
Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery

What we're looking for

Do you want to do something special to help children and their families experience and connect with the natural world? If so, this is a role for you! We are looking to recruit a crack team of volunteers who are just as dedicated as we are to getting young people connected to nature. RSPB Scotland are on the Kelvingrove project team as part of Dippy on Tour when the Diplodocus comes to visit Glasgow from the natural history museum. We have an unique opportunity harness the excitement to engage children with our local nature outside the museum. We will be running a range of environmental games and activities to give young people and their families with the message that the natural world is here, is wonderful, and is within their reach. A key feature of RSPB Scotland's Dippy programme will be nature activities for families, in which kids and parents lean about birds and hunt for minibeasts. A big team of volunteers are needed to work with RSPB staff to facilitate these activities, and have a great time exploring the natural world along with our visitors.

The skills you need

Essential Enthusiasm for connecting children to nature. Ability to stay calm when there's a bit of pressure (we engage a lot of people!) Good timekeeping and organisational skills. Ability to run an activity according to RSPB guidelines. Willingness to learn along with the children. Willing & able to work outdoors in all weathers. Able to be on your feet, ready for anything, for 2 hours at a time. Desirable Some experience of working with children & families. Basic nature knowledge.

Your time

Minimum:
One day per month.
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
All year round

What's in it for you?

• Great experience and on-the-job training in environmental education. • Working in a friendly, like-minded team of RSPB staff and volunteers. • 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 our visitors. All roles will include breaks to rest and refresh, and for the rest of the time you are at the Festival but not volunteering in your role, you are encouraged to enjoy everything the event has to offer. 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

Contact

Sarah-Jayne Forster, South and West Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 0141 331 0993
Email: Sarah-Jayne.Forster@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Appropriate training will be provided and expenses re-imbursed where necessary. RSPB relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. We are very excited to make the most of Dippy coming to Kelvingrove but want to make sure that the visitors also engage with our other nature wildlife. Glasgow is a city of parks and green spaces and has amazing wildlife within the city boundaries. Help us to connect children with nature so that they will grow up loving wildlife and wanting to protect it.

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