School Visits Session Leader

project: Schools on Reserves
  • Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex
  • RM19 1SZ
  • 1 - 3
See more volunteer opportunities from: Havering

About the opportunity

Children, Conservation, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Schools, Volunteering, Wildlife & Conservation, Young People

Can you help us deliver our Schools on Reserves education programme to visiting schools? Can you communicate your passion for nature to children and their teachers? Volunteer for the largest environmental organisation in Europe and help kick-start a career in environmental education. Following a period of training and shadowing our Learning Officer, we'd ask you to take the lead in delivering hands-on, exciting sessions to schoolchildren and their teachers on our nature reserve. Typical activities include minibeast hunting, pond dipping and bird watching. You're welcome to attend a 'taster' day to see if this opportunity is for you (warning! It's masses of fun and you'll be hooked!) What's in it for you: Boost your skills and develop new ones to kick-start a career in environmental or community education. Expand your CV by volunteering with a well-known charity - we'll provide a reference. Volunteering with us can fit around family life as the commitment is flexible and term-time only. We provide uniform, full training and ongoing support and travel expenses up to 25 miles.


We need: • Abundant enthusiasm and a natural ability to communicate your passion for nature to children • A resourceful, flexible and creative approach to working with a wide variety of ages and abilities • The confidence to lead a fun and active day's education programme with a group of students and their teacher • To enjoy working outdoors, both in a team and on your own • Experience of working with children is a distinct advantage

About the project

With our innovative and sustainable Environment and Education Centre, dedicated education discovery zones and the River Thames on our doorstep, Rainham Marshes is a safe and inspiring environment for schoolchildren to get close to nature.


Sat 01 Apr 2017 to Sat 01 Jul 2017
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Volunteering impact


Children are becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world. As part of our aim to reconnect as many children to nature as possible we need volunteers with a passion for enthusing children with their own love for nature. At Rainham Marshes we teach over 1000 children every year and with your help we can help even more children to say "that was the best school trip ever"!