Schools Outreach Volunteer, Birmingham and Black Country area
About the opportunity
As a Schools Outreach Volunteer you will play an essential role in delivering sessions in schools, to help children explore nature in their school grounds.
Briefly about the RSPB
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) was founded in 1889 and is the largest nature conservation charity in the UK and in Europe. Through the delivery of successful conservation initiatives and powerful partnerships, RSPB works consistently to promote the conservation of birds and wider wildlife, protect their natural habitats and to inspire everyone to stand up and give nature the home it deserves.
What are we looking for?
The RSPB's Schools Outreach Project aims to bring thousands of primary school children closer to nature by connecting them with the nature in their school grounds. As a Schools Outreach Volunteer you'll play an essential role in this project.
You'll be responsible for delivering sessions in schools, helping children to explore nature in their school grounds; igniting their curiosity, showing them the difference they can make to their environment and motivating them to spend more time outdoors.
Studies show children are becoming increasingly distant from nature. As a result, our children are missing out. Experiencing natural places is beneficial to everyone, especially children, for their health, wellbeing, personal and social development and it's essential in helping children develop positive attitudes towards nature.
Your natural enthusiasm and knowledge will be vital in encouraging and inspiring children and their teachers to take an interest in the wildlife on their doorstep and make their school grounds more nature-friendly.
We'd like you to have previous experience of working with children, preferably primary school aged. You will need excellent communication skills and should be able to work with a range of ages and abilities. You should be creative, and enthusiastic about wildlife and conservation. You'll need to be able to work as part of a team and on your own. You must be well organised and highly motivated. You will need to be able to give and take instructions. References will be sought.
Minimum: Preferably one day a fortnight, but some flexibility
Period: During school term time and hours - flexible
Following a period of training and shadowing you will be responsible for leading sessions in school. We expect school staff to work with you so that you are not left unsupervised in the school grounds. We will provide you with RSPB uniform. Travel expenses (within a radius of 25 miles), and other reasonable expenses incurred whilst volunteering will be reimbursed. 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.