Schools Outreach Volunteer - Glasgow



Volunteer • Either • Permanent 0141 331 0993 Sandra

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 10 December 2017

Why we want you

Are you passionate about nature in Glasgow? Do you want to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with primary schools in your community?

Be part of our Education team, and support our Schools Outreach Officers to deliver nature sessions to primary schools in Glasgow!

Children are becoming increasingly distant from nature. Experiencing natural places is beneficial to everyone, especially children; for their health, wellbeing, personal and social development and it's essential in helping children develop positive attitudes towards nature. We believe that connecting children to nature in their local area and beyond is vital for securing the future of our wildlife. Glasgow is the Dear Green Place, but its children are ever more disconnected from nature.

Your natural enthusiasm and knowledge will be vital in encouraging and inspiring children and their teachers to take an interest in the wildlife on their doorstep and make their school grounds more nature-friendly. As a Schools Outreach Volunteer you will deliver nature connection sessions- igniting children’s curiosity and showing them the difference they can make to their environment.

What’s in it for you?

Contribute to your local community, by enthusing children to connect with and take action for the nature all around them. We provide a supportive environment for you to develop and showcase your skills. We can be flexible to suit your current schedule. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to get teaching experience, use their previous teaching knowledge, or simply pass on their love of the natural world.

You will be a valued member of our professional team, with relevant training provided as well as a period of time shadowing our Schools Outreach Officer. You will also have access to our wider range of e-learning modules. We run group training sessions, and social events for our volunteers- so meet with likeminded people and share ideas and inspiration.

You will be able to work predominantly in your local area, connecting with children in your own community and giving them the vital connections to nature that could change their futures forever.

The skills you need

Ideally you will have some experience of working with children, preferably primary. You will need excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a range of ages and abilities. Enthusiasm for both wildlife and conservation are vital. You will have good organisational skills, being motivated and able to take instruction. You will be asked to work on your own initiative at times, contacting local schools to offer our free sessions and taking bookings to be delivered by yourself, other volunteers and/or our Outreach Officer.

We have defined targets for how many connections to nature we deliver, so being organised, driven and focused will be great assets. 

Your time

  • We ask that you commit to one or two defined days per week, stating mornings, afternoons, or both. This is so we can schedule our school visits into the future and deal with large numbers of requests for our popular sessions. Preference will be given to Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Period: During school term time, working in schools; during holidays, making bookings and teaching sessions in local holiday clubs and playschemes.


Following a period of training and shadowing you will be responsible for leading sessions in school. We expect school staff to work with you so that you are not left unsupervised in the school grounds. We will provide you with RSPB uniform and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary.

The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature. Read more at:

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