Vacancies

Trustee

Direct Report:  Works closely with the board of trustees, Chair of the board and Chief Executive Officer..

 

Professional Background:

Including but not limited to the following: Finance, Environmental Sciences, Business Development, Entrepreneurialism, Marketing, Change Management, Charity Leadership, Social Care (either/or youth and older person focused), Caring, Working with Young People, Primary and/or Secondary Education, Health & Wellbeing, Strategy & Governance, Fundraising, Legal, Risk Management.

About Wild things!

Wild things! is an award-winning environmental education charity working in Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands. 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.

 

Our programmes encourage a mutually beneficial relationship between individuals and their natural environment: we provide the opportunity for our participants to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment whilst at the same time acquiring new skills confidence, and interests.

 

Our activities benefit the young (from 5 years up), older people and everyone in between. We work in partnership with a range of organisations providing extra support for young people considered ‘at risk’ or who are struggling within mainstream education as well as vulnerable adults.

 

In addition to all this, Wild things! is developing a growing social enterprise to increase its sustainability as well as to provide environmental education services and training in new locations and to new audiences across the UK. These activities include nature experiences for children, adults and families, outdoor education accredited training and skills courses for adults as well as bespoke events.

Overview

The board of trustees is currently seeking new members from a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds to join the board. Wild things! is at an exciting time in its development, having recently appointed a new CEO and embarked upon a new and exciting programme of charitable activities, placing older people and health & wellbeing at the centre of their work. Trustees play an essential role in the governance of Wild things!, working as a team to define the organisation’s strategic direction and to support and champion the work of the charity.

 

You will play an essential role in ensuring the charity is running as it should, that it represents its beneficiaries and that the organisation remains true to its mission and objectives as well as ensuring that the charity’s activities remain transparent and are sensibly managed. You will also contribute your professional expertise to all strategic decision-making of the board. As a trustee, you will influence the shape of Wild things! as it grows and develops as well as providing a unique opportunity to champion the benefits and importance of a mutually beneficial relationship between the natural environment and communities that live within it.

1. Responsibilities

 

In partnership with other trustees you will:

 Govern and have a keen focus on protecting the assets of the charity, ensuring it operates within the law and that standards of best practices are upheld in operations and service delivery.

  • Have a focus on the long-term goals and objectives, ensuring the organisation remains true to its charitable mission and looks ahead at opportunities that enhance the value of its services.
  • Monitor and protect the financial standing of the charity including maintaining oversight of the management accounts and ensuring the organisation meets its financial obligations.
  • Provide guidance to the CEO on matters relating to your own specific area of expertise.
  • Represent the interests of Wild things! beneficiaries at a strategic level (including benefits to communities and to the natural environment)
  • Supporting the new CEO in developing ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the charity’s work.

2.0 Person Specification

Essential

  • Committed and dedicated to organisation’s cause and objectives.
  • Demonstrable expertise and wisdom regarding one or more of the following areas: Finance; Environmental Sciences; Ecology; Business Development; Entrepreneurialism; Marketing; Digital; Change Management; Charity Leadership; Social Care (either/or youth and older person focused); Working with Young People (Primary and/or Secondary Education); Health & Wellbeing; Strategy & Governance; Fundraising; Legal; Risk Management.
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
  • A team-oriented approach to problem solving and to management.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Competent use of email, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel).

 

Desirable

  • Knowledge of charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and any impending changes.
  • Knowledge and experience of charity finance practices.
  • Willing to act as the charity’s ambassador to external bodies, charities and companies.

Time commitment

The board meets quarterly with one strategy-day per year. The AGM normally takes place alongside one of these board meetings. This amounts to roughly 5 days per year not including some ad hoc consultation with other board members and the CEO as required.

Location

Board meetings are usually based at the charity’s offices in Findhorn Village Centre, Church Place, near Forres.

Expenses

Whilst this is a voluntary role, all reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Application

If you are interested in joining Wild things!, have any questions or would like an informal discussion before applying, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Chief Executive Officer, Luke Strachan.

Contact: Email Luke or Tel: 01309 690450

 

Honorary Treasurer

Works closely with the board of trustees, Chair of trustees and Chief Executive Officer.

Professional Background:Finance, Strategy and Governance, Fundraising, Legal, Risk Management.

About Wild things!

Wild things! is an award-winning environmental education charity working in Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands. 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.

 

Our programmes encourage a mutually beneficial relationship between individuals and their natural environment: we provide the opportunity for our participants to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment whilst at the same time acquiring new skills confidence, and interests.

 

Our activities benefit the young (from 5 years up), older people and everyone in between. We work in partnership with a range of organisations providing extra support for young people considered ‘at risk’ or who are struggling within mainstream education as well as vulnerable adults.

 

In addition to all this, Wild things! is developing a growing social enterprise to increase its sustainability as well as to provide environmental education services and training in new locations and to new audiences across the UK. These activities include nature experiences for children, adults and families, outdoor education accredited training and skills courses for adults as well as bespoke events.

Overview

Wild things! is seeking a Treasurer to join the board of trustees as a pivotal figure in guiding the strategic direction of the charity. Wild things! is at an exciting time in its development, having recently appointed a new CEO and embarked upon a new and exciting programme of charitable activities, placing the elderly and health & wellbeing at the centre of their work. Whilst the Treasurer will play an essential role in ensuring the charity’s finances are clear, transparent and sensibly managed, they will also act as a trustee, contributing their expertise to all strategic decision-making of the board. As such, this is a unique opportunity to influence the shape of Wild things! as it grows and develops as well as being a chance to make a genuine impact on the lives and communities that Wild things! works with.

1. Responsibilities

 

1.1 General and Financial

Govern and have a keen focus on protecting the assets of the charity, ensuring it operates within the law and that standards and best practices are upheld in operations / service delivery.

  • Have a focus on the long-term goals and objectives, ensuring the organisation remains true to its charitable mission and look ahead at opportunities that enhance the value of its services.
  • Specifically relating to Finance:
    • Closely monitor and protect the financial standing of the charity. Report to the Board onall financial matters with close oversight of the management accounts and end of year accounts ensuring the organisation meets its financial obligations.
    • Oversee the charity’s financial risk-management process and report financial health to the board of trustees at regular intervals.
    • Ensure that annual accounts are submitted to all relevant regulators in a timely fashion.
    • Ensuring that the organsiation’s finances are responsibly managed for the betterment of the organisation’s work and beneficiaries.
    • Supporting the new CEO and Finance Officer in developing ways to improve current financial management processes.

 

1.2In relation to Governance

  • Lead the Board’s duty to ensure proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are controlled, invested and/or economically spent in line with governance, legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Advising on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plans and overseeing the charity’s financial risk-management process.
  • Lead in the development and implementation of financial reserves strategy, cost management and investment policies.
  • Contribute to key decision-making about the Wild things! long and short-term strategic direction.

 

2.0 Person Specification 

Essential

  • Committed and dedicated to organisation’s cause and objectives.
  • Demonstrable financial management and/or accountancy expertise
  • Knowledge of charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and any impending changes.
  • Competent use of email, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel).
  • Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders.
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Good communication and leadership skills

Desirable

  • Qualified accountant with demonstrated commercial awareness orequivalent experience in financial management.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of charity finance practices.
  • Willing to act as the charity’s ambassador to external bodies, charities and companies.
  • Skills and experience in one or more areas of non-executive governance and management e.g. strategic planning, business management, financial/accountancy, understanding of HR issues, experience of Trusts or other grant giving bodies particularly fundraising and legal knowledge.
  • A team-oriented approach to problem solving and to management.

Time commitment

The board meets quarterly with one strategy-day per year. The AGM normally takes place alongside one of these board meetings. This amounts to roughly 5 days per year not including some ad hoc consultation with other board members and the CEO as required.

Location

Board meetings are usually based at the charity’s offices in Findhorn Village Centre, Church Place, near Forres.

Expenses

Whilst this is a voluntary role, all reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Application

If you are interested in joining Wild things!, have any questions or would like an informal discussion before applying, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Chief Executive Officer, Luke Strachan.

Contact: Email Luke or Tel: 01309 690450

 

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

 

Qualifications

  • 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 our Fieldwork Manager.

 

 

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.