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Heart of England Forest

Gorcott Outdoor Officer

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity working hard to create a huge new woodland in the heart of the country that will benefit people and wildlife for generations to come.

We take our mission very seriously; it has never been more important to invest in our natural environment. Planting trees and creating new woodlands is no longer just a positive ambition for the country, it’s absolutely essential. It is the simplest solution to help mitigate climate change and create new green spaces that can help reconnect people and communities with nature and the natural environment.

Our goal is to reach 30,000 acres of semi contiguous forest by planting 13 million native broadleaf trees. To date we have planted almost 1.9 million trees across 7,000 acres – a mosaic of habitats including woodland, grassland, wetland and heathland. The significance and scale of our work cannot be underestimated: The Heart of England Forest - already the largest new native forest in the country – will become one of the largest forests in the UK.

If you share our ambition, we have some exciting opportunities for you to join us. The charity is a rewarding place to work and offers its staff a number of benefits.

Are you looking for a rewarding role which will make a difference to habitat conservation in Warwickshire and supports the development of young people and adults looking for a career in the natural environment?

The Heart of England Forest is recruiting 2 new roles to deliver our Growing Future Forest Guardians project at Gorcott Hill Wood, Warwickshire, supported by Defra’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Gorcott Outdoor Officer – Salary £22,000 p/a

Start date: January 2022

The Heart of England Forest is looking for a self-motivated Outdoor Learning Officer to develop and deliver learning and volunteering programmes for young people at Gorcott Hill Wood as part of our Green Recovery Challenge Fund project – Growing Future Forest Guardians.

In this role you will work with, and be supported by, our Learning and Skills Team to create and deliver bespoke Forest Learning Programmes to improve connections to the natural world and develop skills and knowledge. Targeting schools with high numbers of disadvantaged, BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) or SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) pupils, you will recruit and develop relationships with 7 new schools who will visit the Forest regularly for learning sessions which deliver school priorities and national curriculum objectives.

You will lead on the delivery of volunteering and work experience programmes for teenagers, and young people and adults with SEND. You will also work closely with the Gorcott Biodiversity Officer to develop volunteering programmes for young people and disadvantaged adults to enable them to develop skills and help to create pathways into employment in the natural environment sector. You will support them to put their new skills into practice to bring this neglected site back to life by improving the varied habitats at Gorcott Hill.

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 SEND or other needs which are a barrier to them accessing education and meeting their full potential. You will have a good knowledge of 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.

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.

Please visit our website to download a job description / person specification and an application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

Closing date: Tuesday 28th September 2021

Interview date: Wednesday 13th October 2021

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Closing Date: 28/09/2021  Location: Warwickshire

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