Freelance Outdoor Learning Instructor
Remuneration: £120 a day or £70 for a half day
Frequency: Work will be on a casual basis and sometimes offered in set blocks (such as a repeating morning each week).
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 of Scotland as well as across the UK. Examples of this include Woodland Classroom, Bushcraft, Animal Tracks and Signs, guided walks, Coastal and Woodland foraging as well as our NCFE accredited Woodland and Coastal Activity Leader Training courses.
- Leading groups outdoors (working with a variety of groups is desirable)
- Leading bushcraft and environmental education activities and other forms of outdoor learning
- Conservation knowledge and/or experience
- Naturalist knowledge such as plant and tree ID, zoology, geography and/or bushcraft skills
- Forest School L3 Practitioner or equivalent
- Bushcraft training
- First Aid (16hr outdoor 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 opportunities might be available.
Application: Please send a CV and brief cover letter.
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.
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.