Purpose: To deliver outdoor learning activities related to river and coastal environments – linking freshwater, estuaries and coasts, to increase knowledge understanding and value of the water environment to aid in conservation.
Reports to: Head of People & Learning
Location: The post holder will observe a hybrid work pattern, working from home and RRT’s offices in Clitheroe, with travel around the catchment (particularly within Blackpool and the Fylde Coast)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week (part-time/term-time considered)
Salary: £26,000 to £29,000 depending on experience (pro rata if applicable)
Contract: Three years
Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is an environmental conservation charity delivering catchment-wide activities that will improve, protect and create a mosaic of habitats and land uses that will lead to a healthy riverine environment. Our work includes everything from peat restoration to hedgerow and woodland creation, to river “re-wiggling” and, importantly, sustainable agricultural practices – each with demonstrable improvements to habitats and species.
We have five teams with particular focuses (Data and Evidence, Land Management, People and Learning, River Conservation and Core Services), each full of passionate and dedicated individuals, with diverse skills and experience. The teams work closely together on collaborative and integrated projects that deliver multiple benefits.
We are looking to recruit an Outdoor Learning Officer who will be a confident and clear communicator with experience in directly delivering environmental education and engagement activities both in and out of education settings and with community groups. Leading on our work with schools in priority locations in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast, the Outdoor Learning Officer will deliver outdoor learning to meet the aims and objectives of our Coastal Explorers education programme, using feedback and evaluation techniques to ensure we continue to improve and develop what we offer.
You will bring experience of delivering learning outside the classroom activities to a range of audiences, and a knowledge of how to support individuals with special educational needs and disabilities or other needs which are a barrier to them accessing education and meeting their full potential. You will have a good knowledge of and a passion for the natural environment.
You will also be responsible for safeguarding the children and young people we work with, and should be competent in undertaking risk assessments.
As well as demonstrating a sound knowledge of learning outside the classroom best practice and current issues, you will need to consider issues of widening public access and encouraging people and wildlife.
The role will involve significant autonomous working, as well as playing a key role as part of a small team and working with colleagues from other teams in order to meet your objectives.
Successful candidates will have experience of delivering similar projects and activities ensuring both the projects, activities and outcomes are communicated effectively to a wide audience.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are exceptionally self-motivated and are passionate about improving the environment through environmental education. They will be a good communicator, able to demonstrate the successful delivery of projects, ideally with a background in the environmental sector. A good knowledge of the Ribble Catchment and the functioning of river catchments and coastal ecosystems would be desirable.
Some of the benefits of working for RRT:
The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Applicants must use the RRT application form, CVs will not be accepted.
The deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 20th June 2023.
Interviews will take place on 28th and 29th June.
Closing Date: 20/06/2023 Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire
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