Wild Things is looking for a talented, highly organised and professional individual with a passion for and background in delivering Environmental Education. This is a part-time post based at our Findhorn office. We are seeking someone who is able to deliver our broad range of programmes to people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as working with volunteers and carrying out conservation work.
This person will need to have a proven track record of outdoor leadership with relevant qualifications and/or experience in the field of environmental/outdoor education, as well as experience of developing resources, looking after equipment and logistics.
We require an individual with a high level of motivation and organisation as well as excellent communication skills to complement our enthusiastic and highly-skilled Fieldwork team.
About Wild Things
Wild Things is an award-winning charity based in North-East Scotland. Set up in 2003, Wild Things has over 17 years’ experience delivering a wide range of Environmental Education courses to all ages. Our programmes include: Forest & Coastal Classrooms, Wilderness Skills, Habitat Restoration Projects (Invasive non-native species removal), Bushcraft courses, John Muir Awards, Holiday Camps and Accredited Outdoor Leadership training courses (Woodland and Coastal Activity Leader Training). We have helped over 15,000 people to access, enjoy, learn about and protect Scotland’s spectacular wilderness regions, as well as helping individuals to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with their own local natural environment.
Internal: reporting directly to the Fieldwork Manager, as well as working closely with other members of the team which include: CEO, Fieldwork Manager, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, office staff & freelance instructors.
External: Children and adult clients (schools, youth groups, vulnerable people, volunteers, general public). You will also be supporting the delivery of our new Silver Saplings programme of activities which puts older people at the heart of our charitable work.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
You will be a key player in the delivery of our activity programmes, as well as working with other fieldwork staff and volunteers in all aspects of Wild Things’ work.
You will be expected to have relevant qualifications and/or experience in working with children, adults and/or older people in an outdoor setting.
You will also take a shared responsibility for ensuring our stores and equipment are kept clean and organised and the correct materials are prepared and allocated to each programme.
- Deliver a variety of fieldwork programmes, including: Forest & Coastal Classrooms, Holiday Camps (occasionally residential camps), Mental Health & Well Being, Care home and teenage programmes, Older peoples’ Day trips, Habitat Restoration and Conservation Days.
- Work closely with the Fieldwork Manager and Health and Wellbeing Coordinator to ensure the logistics & practical needs of our programmes are met including: creating educational materials and props, and ensuring equipment, stores and vehicles are kept to a high operational standard.
- Adhering to safe work practice, policies and procedures and ensure that any volunteers you are responsible for adhere to these too.
- Be comfortable using, maintaining and teaching with relevant tools associated with our programmes (including saw, knife, loppers and other outdoor tools.)
- Upon completion of appropriate training, delivering Wild Things accredited training courses as part of our social enterprise and charitable activities.
- Able to work within an office environment and carry out administrative tasks.
- Able to work flexible hours such as evenings, overnight camps or weekends as and when required.
- Carry out any other duties as and when required in support of Wild Things goals and objectives.
- Relevant bushcraft training and/or certification
- At least 2 years work experience of delivering outdoor/environmental education programmes
- Strong naturalist knowledge and experience of conservation work
- Experienced and competent in working with vulnerable people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities.
- A team player with evidence of working alongside others, including volunteers and other outdoor practitioners.
- Logistics experience, including organising and coordinating equipment, equipment maintenance and resource development.
- Understand and adhere to Wild Things health and safety policies (including disclosure checks/PVG registration)
- UK driving license
- A committed and flexible approach to the needs of the job
- A love of the great outdoors!
- Woodland Activity Leader (WALT), L3 Forest School Practitioner or other equivalent training and experience.
- A current 16hr Outdoor First Aid certification
- D1 minibus driving license.
- Hill & Moorland Leader or ML
- PA1/PA6AW Chemical Spray License and/or experience in the removal of invasive non-native species (INNS)
- Administrative and computing skills with experience of working in an office environment (Excel, Word – Apple Macintosh)
To apply to this role, please send us a copy of your current CV alongside a 1-2 page covering letter, explaining your suitability and relevant experience as well as your interest in this role.
Your application will be reviewed primarily on the strength of your cover letter.
For more information about the opportunity, please feel free to email us on the address shown.
28 September 2020
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