Gorcott Outdoor Learning Officer 

The Heart of England Forest is looking for a self-motivated Outdoor Learning Officer to develop and deliver learning and volunteering programmes for young people at Gorcott Hill Wood as part of our Green Recovery Challenge Fund project – Growing Future Forest Guardians.

In this role you will work with, and be supported by, our Learning and Skills Team to create and deliver bespoke Forest Learning Programmes to improve connections to the natural world and develop skills and knowledge. Targeting schools with high numbers of disadvantaged, BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) or SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) pupils, you will recruit and develop relationships with seven new schools who will visit the Forest regularly for learning sessions which deliver school priorities and national curriculum objectives.

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£22,000 p/a (15 months fixed term contract to end of March 2023)
37.5 hours across the week – usually Monday to Friday 08.00 to 16.00 with approximately 2-3 weekend days a month
Between Middle Spernal Farm, Spernal Lane, Nr Studley, B49 6JE and Gorcott Hill Wood Heart of England Forest site
Closing date:
Tuesday 28th September 2021
Interview date:
Wednesday 13th October 2021

About the role

This role will lead on the delivery of volunteering and work experience programmes for teenagers, and young people and adults with SEND. You will also work closely with the Gorcott Biodiversity Officer to develop volunteering programmes for young people and disadvantaged adults to enable them to develop skills and help to create pathways into employment in the natural environment sector. You will support them to put their new skills into practice to bring this neglected site back to life by improving the varied habitats at Gorcott Hill.

You will bring experience of delivering learning outside the classroom activities to a range of audiences, and a knowledge of how to support individuals with SEND or other needs which are a barrier to them accessing education and meeting their full potential. You will have a good knowledge of the natural environment. You will also be responsible for safeguarding the children and young people we work with, and should be competent in undertaking risk assessments.

The role will involve significant autonomous working, as well as playing a key role as part of a small team and working with colleagues from other teams in order to meet your objectives.


To apply for this role, please complete the application form and equality and diversity monitoring form and email to jobs@heartofenglandforest.org.

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