Education Officer
Location: Groundwork, Iver Environment Centre (IEC), Slough Road, Iver Heath SL0 0EB 
Salary:  £23,500
Contract: Permanent, full time.

Groundwork South is committed to transforming people’s lives and places through social, economic and environmental action. In terms of development and delivery of these projects we work across three business themes, Parks & Open Spaces, Youth & Employment and Greener Living & Working.

Come and join our successful team at Iver Environment Centre.  IEC is located within a stunning 2.5-acre rural site between Slough and Uxbridge. Though only a mile from Uxbridge underground station and on the number 3 bus route from Slough, our centre is a refuge from everyday life. With beehives, several dipping ponds a mosaic of habitats, attractive gathering spaces and developing play spaces we are the perfect place to share your enthusiasm for the outdoors. Iver Environment Centre connects people to nature through school visits from predominantly primary aged children (4-11 years) along with family fun days, drop off holiday activities for children and activities for community groups. Our education sessions include engaging activities such as pond and river dipping, gardening, butter making, fire lighting, den building and nature crafts.

We are looking for a dynamic Education Officer who can run an exciting and engaging education programme. You should have at least two years’ experience delivering environmental education, outstanding knowledge of pedagogy and the national curriculum as well as a track record of excellence. You should be a good communicator with excellent organisational and time management skills. A commitment to ensuring the best possible experience for centre visitors is vital.

In return we can offer you a supportive workplace which encourages you to try out new ideas and gives you the confidence to take ownership of a project from beginning to end. We will nurture your individual strengths and offer opportunity to step outside your comfort zone in an encouraging environment. Numerous training and networking opportunities are provided as well as accredited qualifications including First Aid, Food Hygiene and Fire Marshall.

Key Tasks:

  • Deliver interactive environmental education sessions with energy.
  • Oversee the resources needed for education sessions; caring for them, ensuring they are ready for sessions and working with the Centre Manager to replace where necessary.
  • Ensure the education programme is appropriately planned and resourced (including use of zero hours staff) working within a budget given by the Centre Manager.
  • Help support colleagues when teaching together – ensuring appropriate timings and use of space.
  • Obtain feedback from visiting schools and use this to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the education programme. Collect information to aid reporting.
  • Manage school bookings and other admin tasks related to the education programme.
  • Engage in the development of new sessions and resources.
  • Manage the weekend programme of children’s parties.
  • Develop fun educational activities for school holidays including our popular Wild Weeks.
  • Promote the education programme to schools and families through mail outs, e-newsletters and social media.
  • Supporting centre volunteers
  • You must be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers.

In return we offer:

  • Full content training
  • First aid training
  • Safeguarding training.

This post will be subject to an Enhanced Check with Lists from the Disclosure and Barring Service.  Groundwork South’s Working with Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy supports staff in putting into practice our commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

To apply: A job application pack can be downloaded from: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/jobs/education-officer-2/
For more information regarding the post please contact Katy Barton on 01895 270730 or email at katy.barton@groundwork.org.uk
CVs will not be accepted. No agencies please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that we reserve the right to close applications early in the event of a large response.  Application forms should be returned to Laura Dyke, Business Support Administrator at ldyke@groundwork.org.uk or post to Riverside Community Centre, Dickens Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2JY.

Closing date: 25th June 2021
Interview date: 1st July 2021