Contract Type: Self-Employed Contractor
Hours: Currently 0900-1230 on Mondays and Fridays; 0900-1330 on Thursdays, but may be more as the programmes develop
Starting Date: ASAP by 15 April 2021
Closing date: 31 March 2021
First interview: Via Zoom on the week commencing 5 April 2021
Second interview: Face-to-face on the week commencing 12 April 2021
About Wilderness Foundation UK
Established in South Africa in 1956, the Wilderness Foundation has taken 40,000 people into the wild.
The purpose of the Foundation is to prepare and educate for the future. We believe that nature and wild spaces are of incalculable value not just to maintain biodiversity and wildlife but for human wellbeing. All our projects and programmes have the same basis – to connect people to nature for wellbeing benefits, mental, spiritual and physical – and to teach people in turn to care for nature into the future by teaching Leave no Trace Ethics, respect and understanding of our impact on a web of life.
Registered Charity No: 1118493 (England and Wales) SC041697 (Scotland)
Special Educational Needs Programmes for Chatham Green Project
The Chatham Green Project engages nearly 6,000 children a year, our aim is to inspire young minds to respect and want to care for our natural world. We currently work 3 days a week with Special Educational Needs students and have funding to expand our offer.
This is an opportunity for you to work with this specials group in nature, teaching young people about the wonders of nature and biodiversity. We also have access to 400 acres of mixed woods, arable farming, meadows and water. We encourage our groups to understand food, farming and the balances needed to feed a growing population, whilst caring for the natural environment.
What will you be doing
SEND young people visit our site and learn about the environment and take part in activities that are engaging, active and enable them to gain key social and personal skills as well as first hand learning to connect and gain benefits from the natural world.
We deliver sessions to SEND students and we need a new member of the our team to lead these outdoor environmental education workshops for SEND groups. Currently groups visit between 2-3 hours in the mornings 3 days a week and our funding will enable us to offer more sessions. The current sessions we offer are nature sensory, forest session and work experience group.
There will also be options to lead other visiting groups. We offer environmental education day visits and leaders typically deliver sessions to classes of 30 young people and their school teachers/adults. You will be expected to deliver environmental workshops e.g. this may be pond dipping, bug hunting, nature walks, the wonders of bees, biodiversity, climate change, den building or even nature art. The workshops are focused on the environment and are curriculum linked.
We are looking for someone with experience of working with SEND young people, leading groups or classes. We are also looking for someone with experience and enjoyment of working outdoors with young people, having an interest and knowledge of the natural world.
This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure check and reference check.