EDUCATION OFFICER

BYWYD GWYLLT GLASLYN WILDLIFE

The ability to communicate effectively in Welsh and English is essential for this post.

Fixed term part-time post: 12th March to 24th September 2018

Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife (BGGW) is a small charity which is passionate about protecting and promoting nature in the Glaslyn valley. It believes that young people benefit greatly from developing links with the natural world and that those connections are a way of protecting our natural heritage in the future. Over the last two years, BGGW has been developing its own vision of the role of environmental education including constructing a purpose-built outdoor classroom opened in May 2017.

BGGW is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join the team to help realise its vision by developing strong links with local schools, community groups and wildlife organisations.

Closing date: Monday, 12 February 2018

Interviews will be held on Friday, 23 February 2018 at Pont Croesor Visitor Centre.

For an informal discussion of this role please contact Gwenan Williams, BGGW Trustee at gwenan@glaslynwildlife.co.uk

Job Title: BGGW Education Officer

Responsible to: BGGW Board of Trustees

Purpose of post: To promote knowledge and encourage wider understanding of wildlife, particularly the Ospreys, and conservation issues in the Glaslyn valley and estuary, through the development of strong working relationships with the local community, including schools and other groups and wildlife organisations.

Employment term: The post is offered on a part-time fixed term contract from 12th March to 24th September 2018

Hours of work: 22.50 hours per week, including half hour lunch break, with flexible working to include evenings and weekends.

Salary: £900 per month

Place of work: BGGW, Pont Croesor Visitor Centre, Prenteg, LL49 9SP

Travel: A full, current driving licence is essential. The standard BGGW mileage rate will be payable for use of the post holder’s private car.

Probation: A probationary period of one month applies, during which time the new employee is expected to demonstrate his or her suitability for the post.

Main Responsibilities

To develop and maintain strong working relationships with local communities, including schools, groups and wildlife organisations;

To develop and deliver ‘out of classroom learning experiences’ that engage a wide-ranging audience in formal and informal education settings;

To visit local schools to deliver a programme of curriculum-related teaching sessions, based on the Glaslyn Ospreys and local wildlife;

To administer and organise school visits to the Pont Croesor Visitor Centre from the initial contact, to follow up sessions, site visits and end of project evaluation;

To provide a programme of activities at the Visitor Centre and elsewhere which will enthuse and inspire children and young people;

To further develop the Gwerin Glaslyn initiative started in 2017, including planning and preparing resources for delivering a programme of relevant wildlife and outdoor sessions for the groups, and publicising and promoting the groups and communicating with parents as necessary;

To build links with other organisations and local communities to deliver lifelong learning on the Ospreys and environmental and wildlife issues;

To work with the Visitor Centre Manager to develop relevant induction and training for BGGW volunteers;

To work with the Visitor Centre Manager and BGGW volunteers to develop activities for school visits at the Visitor Centre;

To provide support and supervision of any volunteers working with children and young people;

To work with the Visitor Centre Manager to organise and run specific events for children, young people and their families at the Visitor Centre and elsewhere as required;

To work with the Visitor Centre Manager to develop BGGW’s events and community engagement programme, including arranging, promoting and delivering guided walks, talks to local organisations and groups and other hands-on activities at the Visitor Centre and elsewhere;

To plan and produce relevant educational material and resources in order to deliver a programme of wildlife activities during the school holidays for 5-12 year old children visiting the Visitor Centre;

To produce relevant publicity material to promote BGGW activities and achievements through local and national communication media as necessary;

To ensure that school visits and all activities involving children and young people at the Visitor Centre comply with all statutory requirements;

To adhere to BGGW’s Health and Safety policy;

To attend and contribute to the BGGW Education group meetings.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

Desirable

Experience

Working with children, young people and families in an outdoor environment.

Delivering formal or informal environmental education sessions for children and young people.

Organising events.

Working in and with schools.

Working with volunteers.

Project co-ordination.

Experience of working with the public, providing face to face interpretation.

Knowledge and Understanding

National Curriculum for primary and secondary schools in Wales.

Child welfare and safety policies and practice.

Good working knowledge of desktop publishing packages and software packages, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and power point.

Wildlife and nature conservation issues.

The natural history and environment of the Glaslyn valley and estuary.

Qualification

Further/higher education

Science-based degree or experience preparing and delivering Science or Geography based environmental education activities.

PGCE Primary or Secondary qualification or another relevant teaching qualification.

Forest Schools Leader Level 3

First Aid Certificate.

Skills

Ability to communicate confidently both orally and in written form in Welsh and English.

A ‘people’ person; confident working not only with children, young people but people from a wide range of audiences and backgrounds.

Efficient administration and organisation.

Good team player.

Personal Qualities

Versatile and flexible.

High level of enthusiasm, self-motivation, self-discipline, and initiative.

Commitment to environmental education and nature conservation.

Other

Full, current driving licence.

HOW TO APPLY

Please forward a comprehensive CV and a personal statement (no more than 2 sides A4).

You should provide the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers and email addresses of two relevant referees, relevant to this role.

References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted.

Please ensure that you have included your appropriate mobile, work and home telephone contact details.

Completed applications should be returned by email to Gwenan Williams, BGGW Trustee at gwenan@glaslynwildlife.co.uk

Candidates wishing to have an informal chat about the post can arrange this by emailing Gwenan Williams at gwenan@glaslynwildlife.co.uk

Deadline for applications: Monday, 12 February 2018

Interviews: To be held at Pont Croesor Visitor Centre on Friday, 23 February 2018

Please note that the successful candidate will have to undertake an enhanced DBS check for working with children and vulnerable adults.

The following website will provide further information about Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife:

www.glaslynwildlife.co.uk