Children and Family Events Assistant

A great opportunity to enthuse and inspire young people and families about wildlife, the environment and conservation through fun and interactive sessions at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

Tuesday 17 September 2019
Vacancy type:
Inspiring young people, Community groups

What we're looking for

RSPB Dungeness runs a series of events each year specifically for families with children. We hope to inspire young families to get outdoors and develop a lifelong love of nature. We need volunteers to help us run these activities which range from Nature Tots leaders (mid-week sessions for children under 5 and their parents/carers) to Wild Family events (longer sessions for children 5-12) and occasionally assisting with any bookings from uniformed youth groups such as Scouts and Guides. These sessions will be from 2-4 hours long and can be run on any day of the week (subject to staff and volunteer availability), peaking during the school holidays and spring/summer season.

The skills you need

A fun and rewarding role for a person who is experienced working with young children. Lots of energy; creativity and the ability to communicate with and enthuse children. You need abundant enthusiasm, excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with children of differing needs and levels of understanding. A basic knowledge about wildlife would be an advantage.

Your time

1-4 days per month. Usually 2-5 hour sessions.
All year round

What's in it for you?

The opportunity to use your skills to inspire young children about wildlife, nature and the great outdoors. Great excuse to spend time at a beautiful nature reserve getting outside and taking part in wildlife activities.

How to apply


Louise Kelly, Dungeness
Tel: 01797 320588


RSPB branded uniform and a name badge will be supplied to you. This is important as talking to and helping children and teachers is part of your role so you need to be identified as a member of the RSPB team. Uniform provided includes a polo shirt and fleece. This is property of the RSPB and will need to be returned if your volunteer role comes to an end. A full induction will be given to you by your line manager and you will be required to undertake a Safeguarding Level 2 training course before starting in role. You'll also receive formal training sessions and regular updates throughout the year. You will be joining a team of around 70 volunteers at Dungeness, there will be a chance to meet new people and even try out new roles and experiences. You'll be invited to volunteer thank-you events that happen twice a year and meetings to keep you updated with the developments of the reserve. 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. 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 reimburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles max). 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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