As a key member of the Environmental Education team, you will be expected to take part in all areas of our work, including school visits and community engagement sessions. We are currently undertaking a period of exciting development as we rebuild post pandemic, this role will be crucial to that development through the skills you will bring, adding to our multidisciplinary team. You will have the opportunity to make a real difference to our educational offer and the impact we have on children and young people’s understanding of the natural environment and their place within it.
This role has co-responsibility for the coordination of one of our main education programmes the Countryside Skills project. The Countryside Skills project is an OCN (Oopen College Network) accredited GCSE equivalent course. We currently work with 3 secondary and SEN schools. The course is delivered every week throughout term time to students over one or two years. Alongside the Head of Environmental Education you will be responsible for the administration of the course and ensuring the consistent delivery of all modules of the course, these include: personal development, H&S, animal husbandry, leisure & recreation, and habitat management.
The team has challenging targets to increase school numbers and reach out to more students, as we look at how we can diversify our offer to new audiences, especially with regard to Countryside Skills and STEAM. You will need to be flexible and adaptive in your approach to delivery and have a passion for engaging children, young people and adults in the environment.
Key areas of focus will be:
- Delivering high quality environmental education experiences to our day visit audience of primary schools
- Maximising opportunities to diversify our education opportunities for children, young people and adults
- Assist with coordination and delivery of our weekly Countryside Skills project – working with young people on an OCN (Open College Network) accredited course
- Supporting the Head of Environmental Education to collect and collate evidence and data from visits and groups to demonstrate the impact of our work
Main Areas of Responsibility:
· Co-responsibility for the administration, coordination, and delivery of the Countryside Skills programme, including planning weekly, termly and yearly programme of activities and assessment
o Coordinate the completion of workbooks at appropriate levels for each student, moderation of work and obtaining certificates for completion of the course
o Ensure all activities are delivered in a safe and appropriate way.
o Ensure effective evaluation processes are in place, including lesson plans, record keeping and report writing.
o Work with the Head of Environmental Education to develop the future Countryside Skills project to increase the profile of the project, the number of schools and young people taking part, and related increase in income
· Working with the Head of Environmental Education to develop our STEAM focused workshops in line with the Environmental Education Strategy
· Delivery of Earth School and community engagement workshops
· Maintain good relationships with schools, parents and other stakeholders through regular liaison. Ensuring that excellent customer service is at the core of all interactions, from initial contact, through to delivery of sessions
· To assist the Communications Team with targeted marketing and communication of the achievements of the team
· Work according to Earth Trust policies and procedures, especially those relating to Health and Safety. Ensuring that all workshops are staffed and staff have the correct amount of training to deliver safe and engaging activities.
· A flexible approach to working, including working at weekends and out of hours at times.
· To support the Earth Trust and its mission in all job-related dealings and working relationships
· To carry out any other relevant tasks which the team may from time to time require
The post holder will be enthusiastic, and passionate about education and the environment. You will be a skilled and confident communicator with the ability nurture and inspire children, young people and adults – whatever the weather!
· Minimum 1 year experience of delivering outdoor learning experiences
· Experience of working and engaging with disengaged and challenging young people in an outdoor environment
· Minimum 1 year experience of land based practical skills such as tool use with groups, bushcraft, land management and horticulture
· Experience working with young people with a broad range of disabilities, including SLD, PMLD, ASD)
· Have an understanding of Health and Safety in an outdoor environment, and writing/working to risk assessments
· Experience of delivering STEAM subjects in the outdoors
· Experience of working with volunteers/trainees.
· Experience of collaborating with professional organisations
· Experience of presenting Living History and/or archaeology
Knowledge and skills
· Have knowledge of the natural environment and the countryside
· Awareness and understanding of sustainability and environmental issues
· IT competency
· Enthusiastic and highly motivated individual
· The ability to work in an efficient and organised manner, and to plan time effectively
· A flexible, patient and adaptive way of working
- The ability to present a range of subjects in a lively, entertaining and thought-provoking way to different audiences
· The ability to work to a set of policies and standards, especially relating to health and safety
· Creative ability to develop new learning initiatives for schools
· Ability to work independently as well as part of a wider diverse team.
· Committed to and achieving high standards for all students
· Flexibility to carry out weekend and out of hours work when required
· Non-verbal communication methods e.g. PECS, Makaton, BSL
· Knowledge of the UK National Curriculum and how this translates to outdoor learning.
· Outdoor learning certificate e.g. Forest School or equivalent.
· A full driving licence
· Safeguarding certificate
· Current outdoor first aid certificate
- DBS checked (the successful candidate will be required to complete a DBS check if not already obtained)
· A degree or equivalent qualification in a related subject
Contract length: 12 months
Part-time hours: 21 per week
Application deadline: 01/08/2021
Job Types: Part-time, Temporary
Salary: £21,000.00-£23,000.00 per year
- Casual dress
- Company pension
- On-site parking
- Sick pay
- Day shift
- Monday to Friday
Government guidelines always maintained