Volunteering with the Education Team
Learning and discovery is fundamental to our work and at the heart of our vision for a Living Landscape in Leicestershire and Rutland. Volunteering with the Education Team will enable you to inspire an interest and understanding of wildlife and nature in the next generation!
An Education Volunteer is someone who:
- enjoys working with children
- is enthusiastic
- concerned about the environment
- enjoys being outdoors.
Previous experience working with children is desirable. No expert wildlife knowledge is required to start, and volunteers will receive support and guidance from Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust staff. All Education Volunteers are required to complete an application form, provide two referees and attend an informal interview. For more information and how to apply follow the links above.
Volunteers aged 16 - 25 can gain accreditation of their hours through Vinspired (the national youth volunteering charity).
Volunteering with us
There are different volunteering opportunities with our Environmental Education in schools and with our junior wing of the Trust - Wildlife Watch.
Wildlife Watch Leaders
Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife Trusts and the UK's leading environmental action club for kids. It encourages 5-12 year olds to have an interest in wildlife, and the world around them, through activities on environmental and natural history topics in a fun and educational setting. Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Watch has three local groups where children meet and have fun exploring their local environments and taking practical action for wildlife.
Wildlife Watch Leaders
This is your chance to help inspire the next generation of environmentalists! Being a Wildlife Watch Leader won't take up too much time and you don't need to be an expert - just enthusiastic, concerned about the environment and enjoy working with children and young people!
Leader role: 1.5 days a month
- Plan meeting activities and resources
- Support the Watch organiser in publicising the group meetings
- Ensure the safe running of the meeting including risk assessments
- Lead the meetings activities
- Help lead activities at Wildlife Watch Family Events
Experience of working with children is desirable. Volunteers will be fully trained and will receive support and guidance from local Wildlife Trust staff. Volunteers must supply two referees and take part in an informal interview and have a DBS check. Leaders must be 18 years or over.
Wildlife Watch Event Volunteers
Do you enjoy working with children and being outdoors?
Have you an interest in the environment and conservation?
Want to gain some hands-on experience with a leading UK conservation organisation?
Then becoming a Wildlife Watch Event Volunteer is for you.
Event Volunteer role:
- Help prepare resources and materials for an event
- Set up and pack away event activities including gazebos and displays.
- Run a stall at event and engage and lead children and their families in the activities
- Provide general information about the work of Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
- Ensure the activities are carried out in a fun and safe manner following Wildlife Watch risk assessments and health and safety policies.
Experience of working with children is desirable. Must enjoy working with the general public and be a good communicator. Volunteers will be fully trained and will receive support and guidance from local Wildlife Trust staff. Volunteers must supply two referees and take part in an informal interview and have a DBS check. Leaders must be 18 years or over. Helpers must be 16 years or over.
Volunteer Education Assistants
We are looking for volunteers to assist us with the delivery of our Forest School sessions in Leicester primary schools and wild spaces in Leicester.
Forest School is a unique educational programme run by trained Leaders that takes place outdoors in the natural environment. It gives children and adults the chance to explore, learn and discover at their own pace, developing their confidence and self-esteem in a safe, supportive and positive space.
We need help delivering the weekly sessions from March – July and then September – December. Hours of work would be approx. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm or 12:30 – 3 pm, in Leicester.
This position suits someone who has an interest in environmental education, and enjoys working with children and young people. On-the-job training will be provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteers will need to be able to make their own way to the sites, either by public transport or in their own car.
Disclosure and Barring Service check will be carried out if required. All applicants must supply two referees and asked to an informal interview.