RSPB • Saltholme

Learning and Visitor Assistant - RSPB Saltholme (Part-Time)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £19305 - £21417 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Are you the person who can help us inspire the next generation of conservationists? We are looking for someone who has the knowledge and ability to engage and educate children and young people from across Teesside and County Durham about the amazing wildlife that resides at RSPB Saltholme.

We want someone who can share their passion and knowledge of local wildlife. You’ll help to deliver our high-quality and hands-on outdoor education sessions, to a range of ages and abilities from across the local area. From minibeasts to the seasons, our sessions give the opportunity to support classroom learning by giving children the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat and showing them wildlife that’s right on their doorstep.

What's the role about?

The main focus of the role is delivering RSPB curriculum linked programmes to early years, primary, and secondary school students that encourage a connection to nature. You will help maintain teaching equipment resources and materials, as well as contributing to improving resources and sessions. You will assist with recruiting and supporting volunteers in their work with school groups.

We will train you to ensure your ability to teach meets the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge standards, which is the hallmark of quality outdoor learning sessions.

Outside of term time, you will assist the visitor experience team, by helping plan, prepare, and deliver visitor events, to support the broader site operation.

What we need from you


  • Good level of general ecological and natural history knowledge.
  • Good understanding of Health & Safety and Safeguarding issues with regards to outdoor education.
  • Confidence and ability to prepare for educational sessions outdoor and in the classroom.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children.
  • Abundant enthusiasm and excellent communication skills.
  • Experience of teaching or working with groups of young people.
  • Experience of teaching outdoors or in a non-classroom environment.


  • Working knowledge of the National Curriculum.

Additional Information

This part-time role is working 18 hours per week.

For all application/role enquiries please contact josh.swales@rspb.org.uk

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship – the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

Please note that you will be required to complete an application form where you will have the opportunity to tell us how you meet the criteria set above.

Before applying for this role we encourage you to read through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of our advert.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer - This role is exempt from the Rehab of Offenders act - A DBS check will be carried out.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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