Education Volunteer

Thursday 12 August 2021
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people
Minsmere Nature Reserve

What we're looking for

Help us to re-connect children with nature by sharing your passion for the natural world with the children and young adults who visit our inspiring nature reserve. Help us to save nature. Some of our Education Volunteers are retired/resting teachers; some want to work in outdoor education and are looking to build up their experience. Other volunteers just want to be outdoors, surrounded by an amazing landscape and they all enjoy the reward of helping young people discover the awe and wonder of nature. Following a period of training and shadowing our team, we'll ask you to take the lead in delivering pre-prepared, hands-on, exciting sessions to visiting schools and youth groups. Typical activities we'll ask you to lead include minibeast hunting, pond dipping and bird watching with our younger groups and fieldwork, surveying and practical conservation with our older groups.

The skills you need

Essential Skills/Experience needed: * A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment. * An enthusiasm for outdoor education and willingness to learn new skills. * A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children. * The confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme with a group of students and their teacher. * Ability to communicate effectively with children of differing needs and levels of understanding. * Self-motivated with ability to work as part of a team and alone. Desirable skills/experience: * Field teaching experience would be an advantage. * Some ecological knowledge of habitat types would be an advantage * Some knowledge of the local history of the area would be an advantage If you are interested in supporting rather than leading education sessions, please ask us about Volunteer Learning Support opportunities.

Your time

It's up to you! 2 days per week to one day per month
All year round during school term time

What's in it for you?

The opportunity to make a real difference enriching the lives of youngsters and inspiring them to care and learn about the natural world with the RSPB. We'll give you training and experience to build your confidence in leading sessions where young people have wonderful hands-on experiences with nature. We can potentially give you the skills and experience to kick start a career in environmental or community education. You'll be part of a friendly team of staff and volunteers and have the opportunity to make new friends.

How to apply


Christopher Ford, Minsmere Nature Reserve
Tel: 01728 648281/648780


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). 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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