Nature Tots Leader - Old Moor

To establish and lead a regular mid-week group for under-5s and their guardians.

Thursday 3 June 2021
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Community groups
Old Moor

What we're looking for

Do you love the natural world and have a passion to help toddlers to discover it? Do you have experience working with pre-school aged children? National Heritage Lottery funding has allowed Old Moor to invest in its offer for visiting families, we have new wildlife areas, a Wildlife Garden and woodland walk where there are regular trails, events and activities and The Lookout, a wildlife hide especially designed for families. We would love to have a Nature Tots toddler group meeting regularly at Old Moor and are looking for brilliant people with a sense of fun, passion and skills in working with young children to lead this group, with line management support. What you' be doing: Developing and leading regular 60 minute sessions for under-5s and their carers, using pre-existing session plans or your own content (approved by us) Helping us to advertise this new group to connect with families and foster a love and passion for nature from a young age Managing a small budget for resources and ensuring 3:1 return on investment by working with the wider Old Moor and RSPB team (support and training will be provided) Helping toddlers and their grown-ups to develop a love and sense of wonder for the natural world around them

The skills you need

This will be a fun and rewarding role for a person who is experienced working with young children. You'll have lots of energy, creativity and the ability to communicate with and enthuse young children, to lead fabulous sessions for the group. A basic knowledge about wildlife and interest in conservation would be an advantage. Willingness to undertake the training to enable you to complete the Nature Tots leader role for RSPB Old Moor.

Your time

One day per month
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 by getting stuck in and experiencing it through your senses at a beautiful nature reserve. The RSPB have existing session plans for Nature Tots groups on our reserve. There is the opportunity for you to develop session content using your ideas, imagination and sense of fun. Share in the excitement and fun as toddlers discover nature for the first time, and develop themselves as a result of interactions with the outdoors. Excellent experience for those wanting a career in outdoors education and those wishing to put existing skills and experience to great use. The opportunity to meet all sorts of people, through interacting with our visitors and to be a valued part of a friendly, supportive team, receive quarterly newsletters about the RSPB in the Dearne Valley and be invited to volunteer events. Keeping fit, active and healthy through a varied role out and about on the reserve. The training and regular line management support to help you excel in the role, as well as vital things like safeguarding and GDPR - to ensure you get the most from volunteering with us. Gain a greater understanding of the RSPB, its vision and ways of working, and our management of sites in the Dearne Valley. Be part of the team and represent the RSPB to visitors, with your RSPB uniform and name badge. We can provide a reference of your volunteering with us, if appropriate.

How to apply


Lydia Tague, Old Moor
Tel: 01226 273830


In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), Travel expenses to and from your volunteering can be reimbursed (up to 25 miles radius each way). 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 protect nature. Like nature, our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We believe that nature is everybody's right and being an equal, diverse organisation is the right thing to do to find solutions to our common challenges. We recognise the value of difference and want all volunteers to feel welcome, included and able to be themselves. We want to better reflect the communities in which we work so particularly welcome more volunteer applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people under 25. We have a good presentation from people with disabilities amongst our volunteers and are open to discussion of any adjustments you may need or want to volunteer.

Reference number 9402