RSPB • Pulborough Brooks

Part Time - Learning Assistant - (Fixed term)

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


Share your love of nature, as a learning assistant with the RSPB, by helping to deliver our outdoor learning programmes to children and students of all ages from preschool to university level. This is a great opportunity to work with the dedicated team at one of RSPB's most visited reserves within the South Downs National Park.

What's the role about?

The purpose of the role is connecting schoolchildren and young people with nature through curriculum-linked education programmes on the reserve with our learning officer and team of volunteers.

You'll maintain teaching equipment, resources and materials and outdoor learning spaces. You'll work with, lead and support volunteers when working with school groups.

As a key member of the Learning team, you will assist the Learning Officer with the development and delivery of our highly successful educational offer.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

You'll have the ability to work with and engage a wide variety of ages and abilities of children.

You'll be a team player with abundant enthusiasm and excellent communication skills able to lead, motivate and inspire people, including volunteers.

Demonstrate an ability to use initiative and adapt to changing circumstances.

You'll have some previous teaching experience or experience of working with groups of young people in an outdoor setting or in environmental education.

You will have the confidence and ability to facilitate a day’s educational programme both outdoors and in the classroom with school children, class teachers and other accompanying adults.

You'll have a good level of general ecological and natural history knowledge.

Have a good understanding of Health, Safety and Child Welfare in an outdoor education setting.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

Ideally, you’ll have relevant degree or teaching qualification and working knowledge of the national curriculum

The role is based at RSPB Pulborough Brooks, but you may be asked to lead visits at Pagham Harbour. Ideally you will be flexible over working days.

This is a Fixed-Term, Part-Time role for 18 hours per week. Ideally commencing in March 2023 for 4 months.

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on 23/02/2023 or 24/02/2023. For further information please contact paula.bradley@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 in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.

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

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.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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