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Club WOW & Wyre Forest Wildlife Watch - Leaders

Wildlife Watch group (c) Chris DoncasterWildlife Watch group (c) Chris Doncaster

Location: Lower Smite Farm

Opportunity type: Watch Leader

Available on: Wednesdays, and Sundays

Frequency: Monthly


Do you love wildlife in your local area? Are you keen to share your enthusiasm with others and inspire the next generation of nature lovers and conservationists? Then this could be the volunteering opportunity for you!

You don’t have to be a wildlife expert, just a keenness for discovering the wonders of the natural world and an ability to communicate with young people aged 5-12.

We're looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals to deliver fun and engaging wildlife-themed activities for children at our two Wildlife Watch clubs - one in the Worcester and Droitwich area (3rd Wednesday of the month in the evening) and one based at the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre between Stourport and Bewdley (2nd Sunday of the month in the afternoon).

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and is one of the UK’s leading environmental clubs for young people. Children can be inspired by going along to their local Wildlife Watch group meetings.  

Purpose of role

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust runs two monthly Wildlife Watch clubs (Worcester/Droitwich and Wyre Forest), which engage children aged 5 – 13 with the environment and wildlife conservation.

Type of work

You will lead the Wildlife Watch group alongside at least one other leader and with volunteer helpers. With ages ranging from 5–13yrs, you will be engaging children in outdoor, wildlife-themed activities once a month. Activities may include bug hunts, pond dipping, crafts, games and many other activities. Leaders plan and deliver activities to a group of children to help them fully understand the wildlife around them and complete fun enjoyable tasks. It is vital that volunteers adhere to welfare and health and safety procedures. Volunteer Watch Leaders will be responsible for setting up and clearing up at the end of the session.

Experience/skills needed

  1. Experience of working with children in a school or other learning environment
  2. Experience of planning and delivering creative environmental education to children
  3. Interest and enthusiasm for wildlife conservation and aims of the Wildlife Trusts
  4. Willingness to be outside in all weathers
  5. A basic knowledge of UK wildlife and ID skills – although you don’t need to be an expert
  6. Able to work flexibly and use initiative
  7. Able to work in a team
  8. Able to communicate in engaging and professional way to children and adults
  9. An understanding of child safeguarding and health and safety procedures
  10. Willingness to be involved in various tasks if the need arises during a session

The role may be subject to the completion of a DBS disclosure and will require the provision of two satisfactory references.

Time commitment

Once a month on 3rd Wednesday (6pm–7.30pm) or 2nd Sunday (2.30pm-4.30pm) plus setting up and packing away time if possible.

Planning/preparation - approx 2-3hrs for a 1.5 hour session.  Planning and delivery should be equivalent to one day of your time per month.

Club WOW does not meet during school holidays. Wyre Forest Watch does not meet in the summer holidays.

Benefits/Assistance

As a volunteer Wildlife Watch Leader you will have the support of the Engagement Officer and access to resources on a Wildlife Watch Leader's website. You will experience a range of different outdoor learning activities with the chance to learn new skills. You will receive health and safety, first aid and child safeguarding training. 

Minimum Term

For the smooth running of the club, Watch leaders need to commit to come every month (except those that fall during school holidays) for at least one year, preferrably more. Please contact us for more information if you are not sure.

Contact details:

Emma Wurmli, Volunteer Development Officer

Tel: 01905 754919

Email: emma@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

Please call to discuss before filling in your application.

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