Learning and Visitor Assistant



Job Type

Fixed Term


Charity / Voluntary, Early Years / Children & Youth, Education, Environmental / Conservation



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.

Part-Time Learning and Visitor Assistant (Fixed-Term)
Location: RSPB Saltholme, Stockton-on-Tees
Hours: Part time (18.5 hrs per week)
Contract: 6 months, (for which there are 2 contracts available)
Salary: £18,100.00 - £20,080.00 Pro Rata
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 24 days Annual Leave

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, secondary and tertiary 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 volunteers and encouraging and supporting new and existing volunteers in their work with school groups on the reserve.

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.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

1. Good level of general ecological and natural history knowledge.

2. Good understanding of Health & Safety and Safeguarding issues with regards to outdoor education.

3. Confidence and ability to prepare for educational sessions outdoor and in the classroom.

4. Ability to work with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children.

5. Abundant enthusiasm and excellent communication skills.

6. Experience of teaching or work with groups of young people.

7. Experience of teaching outdoors or in a non-classroom environment.

Desirable knowledge:

1. Working knowledge of the National Curriculum.

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

Closing date: 23:59, 25 January 2022
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 3rd February 2022.

This role will require completion of a DBS/PVG/Access NI in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.

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

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