Biodiversity Education Assistant

project: SNCV
  • Sutton Ecology Center, Festival Walk, Carshalton
  • SM5 3NY
  • 1
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About the opportunity

Conservation, Education, Wildlife & Conservation

Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help run both formal, and informal, environmental education sessions for children aged 3-18 years at Sutton Ecology Centre as well as other green spaces and nature reserves around the London Borough of Sutton. This role is suitable for candidates who are looking to improve their career opportunities in environmental education or gain experience of working with children, as well as experienced candidates who are looking for a rewarding long term volunteering opportunity. The successful candidate will be supporting the Biodiversity Education Officer in all aspects of running the London Borough of Sutton’s Biodiversity Education Service. This includes bookings, promotion and resource preparation and delivery of education sessions. Full training will be provided. We are looking to fill this post with someone who can commit to two days a week starting in February/March 2017 until end August 2017. However, if you are only able to commit to one day, please do still apply. MAIN DUTIES & TASKS: • Assisting the Education Officer with planning, preparation and running holiday activities for children, school sessions and weekend events. • Full on the job training provided to be able to teach and lead education sessions. • Helping to supervise and support other volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, including those with special needs. • Development of our education programmes and educational resources. • Occasional creative projects to get involved in, depending on special interests or skills & talents. • Assisting with school and event bookings and other administration and general office-based tasks. TO APPLY Please send your C.V. and a personal statement to [email protected] by end Sunday 12th February 2017, giving clear examples of how you meet the person specification. Interviews: Tuesday 21st February Anticipated start date: as soon after interview as possible. Only candidates who are able to commit for 6 or more months need apply. Unfortunately, no living costs or accommodation can be financed through the project so applicants must be able to self-fund or commute to Carshalton. Please note applicants will be required to undergo a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check. For an informal chat, please contact Mary Buckton (Biodiversity Education Officer) on 020 8770 5820 or email [email protected] If you prefer, you can write to us at: Biodiversity Team, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2JG


HOURS REQUIRED: • The candidate will be asked to commit to two days per week, Monday and Tuesday from February/March 2017 through to end August 2017. • Minimum hours on days of volunteering 9am to 3pm. PERSON SPECIFICATION • Previous experience of working with children/ young people & volunteers • Reliable with good time keeping skills • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills • Good IT skills, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office • Willing to work outdoors in all weathers and sometimes get mucky! • Interest in the environment/education/nature conservation • Teaching qualification (desirable) • Experience of working with whole class KS1 or KS2 pupils (desirable)

About the project

The Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers is a Sutton based charity that works in partnership with the London Borough of Sutton. Our main aims are the conservation and improvement of sites of wildlife value in the borough. We carry out practical maintenance and habitat management work throughout the year. These tasks include hedgelaying, coppicing and fence construction.



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