School Holiday and Weekend Activities Officer
Location: Iver Environment Centre (IEC), Slough Road, Iver Heath SL0 0EB
Salary: £8-10.87ph plus holiday pay
Contract:  Zero hours contract

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 bee hives, 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.

We are looking for someone who is inspired by enthusing others and genuinely enjoys engaging children with nature to join us as an Activities Officer. The Activities Officer will deliver fun educational activities connecting families to nature at Iver Environment Centre (IEC), with some work at Denham Country Park. The successful candidate will deliver birthday parties engaging children with the outdoors through pond dipping, minibeast hunting, den building, fire lighting and crafts. They will also assist with family days, early years mornings and our popular drop off activity days for children aged 7- 11 yrs.
Opportunities to support with school trips and volunteer groups exist for the right person as well as development of education sessions.

The Activities Officer will be enthusiastic, creative and committed, with previous experience of working with children (a variety of settings will be considered) and an interest in the natural world. You should be a good communicator with excellent organisational and time management skills. In return you will receive training and networking opportunities including accredited qualifications in first aid and food hygiene.

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.

Main Duties:

  • To assist in the development and delivery of community events at centres, including but not limited to family fun days, early years workshops, drop off activity days for children aged 7-11yrs and community workshops or open days.
  • To deliver independently birthday parties at Iver Environment Centre which connect children to nature.
  • To assist in the development and delivery of our environmental education programmes for schools at Iver Environment Centre and Denham Country Park. (Predominantly primary schools).
  • To maintain equipment and resources used for education including the site itself.
  • To ensure the highest possible standards of delivery. This will involve CPD, self-reflection, securing and sharing feedback.
  • You must be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers.

In return we offer:

  • Training in session delivery and native wildlife
  • 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/school-holiday-and-weekend-activities-officer/
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