The LookOut Discovery Centre, Hyde Park, London (with travel to all parks)
Created in March 2017, The Royal Parks is a charity that supports and manages 5,000 acres of historic parkland across London. Millions of Londoners and tourists visit our beautiful sites, which offer unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of the capital.
We look after eight of London’s largest open spaces; Hyde Park, The Green, Richmond, Greenwich, St James’s, Bushy and The Regent’s Parks, and Kensington Gardens. We also manage other important open spaces in the capital including Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Poet’s Corner.
We are now seeking a Learning Officer to join our team on a permanent, full time basis.
- £27,801 - £32,000 per annum, depending on experience
- 26 days' holiday per annum plus public holidays
- Pension scheme
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic outdoor learning professional to join The Royal Parks’ Learning Team, based at The LookOut Discovery Centre, Hyde Park. The LookOut is a unique, eco-friendly building nestled in an acre of enclosed grounds in the heart of the park. Our work enables people of all ages, abilities and communities to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and learn about the history, culture, heritage and natural environment of the Parks. We run a full programme of formal and informal sessions and events for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Like other organisations, we have faced challenges in the past year due to Covid-19 and have adapted our programmes quickly, piloting new online formats and developing new resources. As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to engage park visitors and audiences across London and beyond, sharing the incredible nature and heritage of these spaces that have never been more vital. Later this year, we will be implementing a new strategy for Learning that will guide us in creating meaningful lifelong learning and engagement opportunities, so visitors of all ages and backgrounds can discover, understand and ultimately value and support the Royal Parks.
Your work will be based primarily in the stunning surroundings of Hyde Park, but will also cover Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, The Green Park, and Brompton Cemetery.
As a Learning Officer, you will develop and teach school sessions with a focus on primary groups, taking into account the ages and ability of each audience.
Working closely with the rest of the Learning Team, and with guidance from the Learning Manager, you will develop the primary school programme and specific projects. You will also seek opportunities to promote the programme in collaboration with the Marketing Team.
What’s more, you will recruit, train and coordinate Learning Volunteers, motivating them to help deliver learning experiences for schools, families and adults.
In particular, you will:
- Update, plan and deliver inspiring outdoor learning sessions to primary, secondary and SEND schools in accordance with the national curriculum
- Support delivery of family activity days, walking tours, online talks and other learning events
- Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to support the programme
To join us as a Learning Officer, you will need:
- Proven experience of delivering outdoor environmental education to all ages
- Enthusiasm and curiosity for the natural habitats, landscapes, rich heritage and present-day role of the Royal Parks
- Excellent presentation skills with the ability to deliver sessions, activities and events
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- An understanding of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk
- A degree level qualification in ecology, natural sciences, biology or a similar subject, or relevant experience that clearly demonstrates excellent subject knowledge
Other organisations may call this role Community Education Officer, Community Education Co-ordinator, Education Officer, Charity Education Officer, Community Programmes Co-ordinator, Teacher, Tutor, Teaching Assistant, Learning Activities Officer, Scientific Education Officer, Woodland Teacher, or Outdoor Educational Officer.
The closing date for this role is the 17th May 2021.
Webrecruit and The Royal Parks are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.
So, if you’re looking to build on your experience as a Learning Officer, please apply via the button shown where you will be asked to complete an application form detailing how your skills and experience meet key essential competencies in the person specification and upload a copy of your CV.
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