RSPB • Franchises Lodge

Learning Officer - Cameron's Cottage

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £26,379 – £28,319 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Cameron's Cottage is the RSPB's new residential centre for young people embedded within the stunning woodlands at RSPB Franchises Lodge in the New Forest.

What's the role about?

We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic team leader to co-ordinate and deliver RSPB programmes for connecting young people with nature at Cameron's Cottage, including managing seasonal staff and volunteers.

This role is well suited to applicants with demonstrable people and communication skills, who are organised, self-motivated, with experience of working with a range of youth organisations you will be engaging and inspiring young people about nature.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Good level of general ecological and natural history knowledge.
  • Good understanding of Health & Safety and Safeguarding issues with regards to outdoor education.
  • Good knowledge of environmental education delivery methods and an understanding of different teaching and learning styles appropriate to the outdoor setting.
  • Excellent communication skills and a confident educator, able to engage young people of a wide range of ages, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Strong organisational and planning ability to facilitate the delivery of the programme.
  • Confident at networking with a range of youth groups and educational stakeholders.
  • Experience of the delivery of environmental education at a nature reserve or similar.
  • Experience of managing seasonal staff and developing volunteers in environmental educational delivery on nature reserves or similar.
  • Experience of organising and delivering activities for groups of young people on a nature reserve or similar.

This is a Permanent, Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week. If needed, accommodation may be available on-site for the successful candidate for an initial six months period.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 6th May 2024. For further information please contact izzy.williamson@rspb.org.uk

As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

This role will require completion of a DBS check in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

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.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

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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