Vacancies

Fieldwork Manager

 – Job Description –

 

(Full time, 35 hours per week)

 

Salary: £25,000 – £28,000 per annum depending on experience

 

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

 

Position reports directly to: Chief Executive Officer

 

Overview

 

Wild Things is an award-winning environmental education charity working in the Northeast 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 outdoor 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 meaningful ways, working in partnership with the CEO to develop and deliver services to meet the needs of a wide range of charitable and business objectives.

 

Whilst the Fieldwork Manager will invariably be delivering activities in the field and hold high standards in this regard, their primary responsibility will be management and development of the team and Wild Things activities. It is anticipated that this will likely result in roughly a 70/30 split between office-based and outdoor work, with the greater focus being on management, businesses development and coordination.

 

Key roles and responsibilities:

 

  • To manage Wild Things programmes which includes overseeing the safety and logistics of all activities.
  • Provide management, mentorship and support to the fieldwork team, freelancers and volunteers, including identifying and organising training opportunities.
  • To deliver Wild Things activities including accredited training courses.
  • To develop new training services and, in particular, the development of our new E-learning services.
  • Working with the Chief Executive Officer on marketing Wild Things programmes and income generation activities, where necessary i.e. engaging with potential clients, CPD days, developing tourism offerings, increasing numbers on our activities and bringing in new clients.
  • 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.
  • With support from office staff, overseeing 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 and landowner permissions are logged.
  • From time to time being available to work flexible hours such as the occasional evening or weekend on field activities as and when required.
  • 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).
  • Highly organised and able to coordinate a wide variety of parallel programmes.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing management, mentorship and support to a team, ideally in the field of outdoor pursuits, education and/or other relevant outdoor activities.
  • Ability to channel a personal interest and passion about the environment and the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults (including older people) into impactful services.
  • Experience of working in an office environment, project management and activities requiring both logistical planning and post-delivery reporting.
  • Entrepreneurial: able to recognise and develop business opportunities – for example tourism, accredited training and CSR services.
  • 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

 

Essential

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

 

Desirable

  • Minibus D1 Licence (training can be provided)
  • Bushcraft training and/or demonstrable experience
  • Experience in educational contexts (primary and/or secondary)
  • Mountain Leader (Summer and/or Winter)
  • Other outdoor pursuits certifications such as for kayaking, water sports, climbing etc

 

Training Opportunities

 

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

 

Start Date: As soon as possible.

 

Application

We are interested in anyone who feels they could add value to Wild Things and invite all applications. 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, at luke@wild-things.org.uk.

 

Closing date 31st May 2022

 

Contact

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: £120 a day or £70 for a half day

 

Frequency: Work will be on an ad-hoc 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.

 

More recently, Wild Things has begun working with older demographics, delivering nature day-trips for mobile older people as well as care home programmes. For this reason, we are also interested in applications from people with experience of working with these demographics.

 

Essential Experience

  • Leading groups outdoors (working with a variety of groups is desirable)
  • Leading bushcraft and/or environmental education activities or other relevant forms of outdoor learning
  • Conservation knowledge and/or experience
  • Naturalist knowledge such as plant and tree ID, zoology, geography and/or bushcraft skills
  • A passion for the great outdoors!

 

Essential Qualifications

  • Forest School L3 Practitioner, Woodland Activity Leader Training or equivalent experience
  • Full UK Driving license
  • Clear PVG or DBS (this will be sought upon joining the team)

 

Desirable Qualifications

  • Bushcraft training
  • Social care qualifications and or experience
  • Relevant Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults qualifications
  • First Aid (16hr outdoor first aid)
  • Relevant training/further education in environmental based subjects

 

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 and we will be happy to discuss the role and your potential suitability.

 

Application: Please send a CV and brief cover letter to fieldwork@wild-things.org.uk

 

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.

 

Volunteering

 

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.