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Part Time - Learning Officer - Fixed Term

Reference: DEC20237857
Expiry date: 2024-02-09 23:59:00.000
Location: Newport Wetlands
Salary: £25,723.00 - £27,614.00 Pro Rata
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance and Annual Leave
Duration:1st April to 31 July 2024
Attachments: CandidateGuidanceNotes2023.pdf


This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire a generation of children at RSPB Newport Wetlands. Connecting children to nature through environmental education is a core part of the RSPB’s work and we are looking for a passionate and inspirational educator with good general knowledge of ecology and natural history to join our team for the Spring/summer season 2024.

This reserve is a special area for wildlife, lying between the Severn estuary and the river Usk. It is one of the most important areas of wetland habitat in Wales, providing a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city.

What's the role about? 

The learning officer role is central to building positive connections with schools and inviting them to visit and participate in our Schools on Reserves programme. The learning officer will facilitate their visits and lead in all aspects of delivering learning experiences on site, utilising the amazing natural environment of the reserve.

  • Delivering RSPB curriculum linked programmes to early years, primary schools, secondary and tertiary students that encourage a connection to nature, in an outdoor setting.
  • Delivering programmes to an agreed number of pupils within the academic year to meet annual targets.
  • Recruiting, developing and leading learning assistants and volunteers to assist in the facilitation of school visits and delivery of sessions.
  • Actively promoting the Schools on Reserves programme to schools and local education authorities.
  • Organising and planning a balanced timetable of school group visits to the site to ensure maximum use of your time for teaching.
  • Collating and inputting booking information onto the RSPB’s education database to help maintain accurate records and providing reports and feedback to head office staff as required.
  • Ensuring the teaching and learning provision at the reserve meets the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge standards.
  • Ensuring maintenance of teaching equipment and resources at the reserve.
  • Deliver non-curriculum linked visitor engagement as appropriate, to support the broader visitor operation on site.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Good level of general ecological and natural history knowledge
  • Good knowledge of environmental education delivery methods and an understanding of different teaching and learning styles appropriate to the outdoor setting.
  • Good understanding of Health & Safety and Safeguarding issues with regards to outdoor education.
  • Excellent communication skills and a confident educator, able to teach young people of a wide range of ages and ability.
  • Confident at networking with educational stakeholders.
  • Strong organisational and planning ability to facilitate the delivery of the education programme.
  • Able to interpret national programmes to ensure inspiring sessions maximise the potential of the reserve.
  • Experience of working through the National Curriculum to deliver environmental education.
  • Experience of organising and delivering school groups activities on a nature reserve or similar.
  • Experience of managing seasonal staff and developing education volunteers in environmental educational delivery on nature reserves or similar

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Degree, PGCE or equivalent
  • An ability to enthuse others about the natural world
  • Welsh speaker

This is a Fixed-Term contract (1st April to 31 July 2024) Part-Time role for 30 hours per week. 

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on Monday 19th February 2024 . For further information please contact 


As part of this application process you will be asked to upload your CV and complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.


This role will require completion of a DBS in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.