Fieldwork Manager


– Job Description –

 Full time, 35 hours per week)


Salary: £23,000 – £25,000 per annum depending on experience


Location: Findhorn Village Centre, Church Place, Findhorn, IV36 3YR


Position reports directly to: Chief Executive Officer




Wild things! is an award winning environmental education charity working in the North East of Scotland since 2003. The Fieldwork Manager is an essential part of Wild things!’ team and designs, organises and delivers an exciting and diverse schedule of environmental education, conservation and training activities.


The Fieldwork Manager plays a critical role in ensuring the reliable and efficient delivery of our activities against the various requirements of our participants, clients, funders and other stakeholders. In addition, it is the Fieldwork Manager’s role to maintain the highest possible standards for the delivery of our activities and contribute to the on-going growth of our reputation as a leading provider of environmental education activities. You will also be an enthusiastic champion for the importance of environmental education as well as the positive health and well-being impacts associated with spending time in the natural world.


The Fieldwork Manager will not only be an inspiring outdoor instructor and mentor, but will also bring the managerial and business expertise required to develop, oversee and coordinate the wide variety of exciting outdoor activities Wild things! offers.


This is a fantastic opportunity to join Wild things! as it moves into an exciting new phase in its development. The Fieldwork Manager will have the chance to shape the organisation in a meaningful way, working in partnership with the CEO to develop and deliver services to meet the needs of a wide range of charitable and business objectives.


Key roles and responsibilities:


  • To manage Wild things! programmes which includes overseeing the safety and logistics of all activities.
  • Provide mentorship and support to the fieldwork team.
  • To deliver Wild things! activities including accredited training courses.
  • Managing and mentoring Wild things! fieldworkers, freelancers and volunteers.
  • Reviewing Wild things! programmes and amending accordingly to fit in with curriculum for excellence.
  • Oversee booking process of these programmes, booking staff, liaising and networking with schools, youth groups, the local education authority (LEA), community groups.
  • Ensuring all necessary back-office administration tasks for the programmes are carried out [with support of office staff] including, for example, all correct documents are received and processed e.g. booking forms, medical, photo permission forms from participants are logged along with any photos taken.
  • Monitoring and ensuring all safety aspects of our programmes are in place and regular safety checks are carried out, including, for example, drafting and continuously seeking to improve risk assessments, safety policies and procedures and ensuring fieldwork staff are PVG registered.
  • Supporting the Chief Executive Officer and the rest of the staff/volunteer team in seeking ways of continuously develop and update our programmes to meet our charitable objectives.
  • Writing programme reports and evaluating feedback forms and activity logs and making sure they are collated and presented for use by staff and management for inclusion in board reports and the charity annual reports.
  • From time to time being available to work flexible hours such as the occasional evening or weekend on field activities as and when required.
  • Working with the Chief Executive Officer on marketing Wild things! programmes and income generation activities, where necessary i.e. delivering service days, CPD days, increasing numbers on our activities and bringing in new clients.
  • Carrying out any other duties as and when required in support of Wild things! goals and objectives.


Person Specification


  • Proven experience and relevant certification in leading environmental education based activities or able to demonstrate valuable relevant experience within environmental/outdoor activities (including bushcraft and conservation).
  • Demonstrable experience of providing mentorship and support to a fieldwork team.
  • Ability to channel a personal interest and passion about the environment and the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults (including seniors) into impactful services.
  • Experience in managing and leading a team of volunteers and fieldworkers.
  • Experience of working in an office environment, administering projects and activities requiring both logistical planning and post-delivery reporting.
  • Entrepreneurial: able to recognise and develop business opportunities.
  • Excellent organisational skills including looking after tools and equipment.
  • Excellent communication and people skills.
  • A calm and practical approach to problem solving.
  • Enjoys being a team player.
  • Have a good sense of humour and the ability motivate colleagues.
  • Have a committed and flexible approach to the needs of the job.
  • Be empathic and understanding of conservation and wilderness restoration work whilst being open to learning and developing in the role.
  • Have a love of the great outdoors (even if it is raining and cold!).


Qualifications & Training



  • Woodland Activity Leader Training, Forest School level 3 or equivalent
  • First Aid certification (16hr Outdoors)
  • UK Driving licence



  • Minibus D1 Licence
  • Bushcraft training and certification


Training Opportunities


Wild things! will offer continuous opportunities for training and development as and when required.


Start Date: 15th October 2018 or as soon as possible



Your application should consist of a CV and cover letter. Your cover letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 and should explain your interest in Wild things!, your  suitability to the position of Fieldwork Manager and should make clear how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification above.


Your application will be judged on the quality of your cover letter so please ensure you address all points of the Person Specification.


Please submit your application to the Luke Strachan, Chief Executive Officer.



If you have any questions or you would like to discuss the role in further detail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: 01309 690 450


Freelance Outdoor Learning Instructor


Remuneration: Between £100 – £120 a day depending on experience.


Frequency: Work will be on a casual basis and sometimes offered in set blocks.


Wild things! is looking for Freelance Outdoor Learning Instructors to join our team!


We are seeking enthusiastic and passionate individuals to deliver our environmental education courses throughout the North East of Scotland as well as across the UK. Examples of this include Forest School, Family Bushcraft, Animal Tracks and Signs, Coastal and Woodland foraging as well as our NCFE accredited Woodland and Coastal Activity Leader Training courses.


Required Experience

  • Leading groups outdoors (working with children is essential)
  • Delivering Forest School and other forms of outdoor learning
  • Leading bushcraft and environmental education activities
  • Delivering conservation and environmental care programmes



  • Forest School L3 Practitioner or equivalent
  • Bushcraft training
  • First Aid
  • Relevant training/further education in environmental based subjects
  • Driving license
  • PVG or DBS


If you have a passion to educate others, be hands on and helpful and are able to lead from the start, we would be delighted to hear from you.


If you lack some of the above skills or qualifications but are passionate about working in the environmental education sector, please get in touch to find out what other opportunities might be available.


Application: Please send a CV and brief cover letter to Holly.



Voluntary Fundraising Coordinator


We are looking for a dynamic, proactive individual to join our award-winning environmental education charity. As a key member of the team, you will help Wild things! develop and grow our fundraising programme, enabling our activities to have greater reach and impact across the UK.


What will you be doing?

Working directly with the CEO, the Fundraising Coordinator will help to develop a robust set of applications and bids to appropriate awarding bodies and grant-makers. You will play a critical role in supporting the work of the Wild things! by developing a list of potential donors/partners as well as a timeline for deadlines and reports. You will then support the CEO and other staff in applying for funds as well as helping to develop our overarching fundraising strategy.


Additionally, we are looking to expand the delivery of our services to:

  • Develop our Silver Saplings programme: a multifaceted intergenerational programme tackling isolation, mobility as well as mental and physical health issues facing elderly communities in Morayshire.
  • To research and identify suitable grants and awards that Wild things! could reasonably apply for: we hope to broaden our range of income sources to include many we may not be aware of in England and Wales.
  • To support the CEO and other staff in applying for suitable grants and awards, paying special attention to grant application requirements and timelines, whilst also bearing in mind opportunities to secure match funding.
  • To advise on and feed into Wild things! overarching fundraising strategy.


There could be opportunities for the right applicant to also be considered as a trustee of the charity if they were interested.


We are very much open to a remote-working arrangement as much, if not all, of the work can be done from home.

What are we looking for?

Ideally, we are looking for someone with a proven track record in fundraising who can contribute directly towards researching and applying for various funds. We will, however, consider anyone who feels they have the aptitude and enthusiasm to get involved in aspects of the role e.g. researching, application-writing etc.

In particular, we are looking for someone who:

  • Is familiar with environmental and/or education based charity fundraising.
  • Can research and identify funding opportunities.
  • Will work in collaboration with the CEO, to complete funding bids and applications.
  • Will work with and support the CEO and other staff in developing and delivering local fund-raising activities.
  • Brings enthusiasm for our cause and is passionate about the environment.

What difference will you make?

Since 2003, Wild things! has enabled over 13,000 children, young people and adults to learn from and be inspired by their local natural environment and the remote wilderness regions of Scotland. We are intending to grow that number and reach out to a bigger and more diverse audience, ideally developing and running programmes at a national level.

You will enable us to develop and grow our services by contributing directly to our income generation. This work will enable us to deliver many of the programmes we run, including conservation, social welfare and educational activities. This work is also critical to our ambitions and will be essential to expanding our activities to new locations and communities.

We also want to encourage public institutions and local communities to benefit from the restorative, educational and inspiring effects of quality-time in the natural environment. The Fundraising Coordinator will therefore play a fundamental role in enabling Wild things! to grow and develop.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is a chance to join Wild things! at an extremely exciting and pivotal moment in the organisation’s journey. Having recently appointed a new CEO, Wild things! is moving onto the next phase in its development.  By joining Wild things! at this time, you will play an instrumental role in ensuring the long term success of the organisation, particularly by assisting in the development of a robust fundraising strategy and supporting the CEO in securing the income required to deliver against the organsiation’s objectives and programmes.

In helping us to secure the future of the Wild things!, you will be working alongside a lovely team of staff and volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to championing the importance of the natural environment in an increasingly digitalised and disconnected world. You will gain a unique insight into environmental education and its growing relevance, not only in the curriculum of primary and secondary schools, but to society in general through social welfare and public health & well-being initiatives.


Application: Please submit a copy of your CV and cover letter to Luke.  Your cover letter should briefly explain your interest in Wild things! and your suitability to the role. 
If you would like to find out more or have preliminary discussion, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



If you are interested in working with Wild things! on some of our fantastic programmes, while learning some fun and practical new skills, then check out our Volunteering opportunities.