Wildlife Watch Leader Volunteer - Cumbria wide

Kendal, Cumbria (On-site)
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Job description

Can you lead the way by helping to set up a new Wildlife Watch club for young people in your local area?

What is a Wildlife Watch Leader Volunteer?

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife Trusts and is the UK's leading club for young environmentalists. Our local Wildlife Watch clubs across Cumbria run a varied programme of fun environmental and wildlife focused activities, aimed at 6–12 year-olds and their families.

As a Wildlife Watch Leader you will be a key player in Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s work with young people. You will have the opportunity to engage with a group of young people  on a regular basis, to getting to know them and helping to shape their learning and understanding about the environment. This role can extremely rewarding for you.

 What’s in it for you?

• Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team of volunteers and staff at Cumbria Wildlife Trust

• Getting out and about in nature

• Health and wellbeing benefits

• Passing on your wildlife knowledge and enthusiasm to our next generation environmentalists

• Learning new conservation, administration and life skills that will help your future career/learning opportunities.

• Access to support and resources from Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Materials and training will be provided. Helpers will also support you with planning, preparation, delivering and administration of activities

What’s involved?

As a Wildlife Watch Leader you will:

• Publicise the presence of the group to local children, young people and their families

• Plan and organise a fun programme of activities throughout the year with, and for, the group, using themes relevant to Cumbria Wildlife Trust. You will deliver regular, hands on, informal outdoor activities, enabling young people to explore the wildlife around them more closely

• Adopt guidelines to assist you in running safe and enjoyable meetings. These include safeguarding, H&S, risk assessments and participation registration

• Promote Wildlife Watch and Cumbria Wildlife Trust, using templates and posters provided

• Keep in regular contact with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, young people and their families

• Support young people gaining Wildlife Watch awards, celebrating their activities and achievements

Who would suit this role?

This role will suit anyone interested in volunteering with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, who loves wildlife and wants to make a real difference in their local community. It would especially suit those who:

• Are keen and confident working with young people

• Have a natural enthusiasm for wildlife and nature of Cumbria (You DON’T need to be an expert)

• Are full of creative and fun activity ideas

• Are willing to learn how to organise and plan the leadership of safe sessions

• Able to work well with other volunteers and share tasks as a team

• Eager to have a real impact to support our next generation environmentalists

• Enjoy working in an outdoor environment (in all weathers!)

 This is a very flexible volunteer role. As a leader you can decide with your helpers how often - and when - you wish to run sessions

Volunteer handbook and Trust induction.

Health and safety and safeguarding training will be mandatory.  Risk assessment, participant registration, Wildlife Watch templates, posters, email etc.. will all be provided

Volunteers are able to receive travel expenses of 0.45p per mile agreed in advanced with their staff contact.

First aid training will be provided for volunteer leaders.

The Trust will apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for volunteers undertaking this role because it involves working with children and young people or vulnerable adults.

In the second stage of the volunteer recruitment process, we will take up two references.

 Is this for you? Want to learn more about this role? We'd love to hear from you.



Posted on: 04 October 2023
Closed date: 01 December 2023 at 09:19
Job ref: Quote Ref ‘CWTVCJ’
Tags: Advice, Information, Project Management

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