Seasonal Fieldwork Assistant
Award-winning environmental education charity, Wild Things, is seeking an aspiring outdoor practitioner to join the fieldwork team in the delivery of our charitable and social enterprise programmes.
The right candidate for this role should have a genuine interest in delivering environmental education and bushcraft skills to a broad client group as well as being able to process information quickly and support a busy fieldwork team in their daily tasks and activities across Moray and the Highlands.
We would like to bring into the team someone who is playful yet professional, who loves spending time outdoors, sharing their passion for the natural world with both young and old. Our ideal candidate will engage people on a variety of activities that promote an understanding and care for the environment as well as the health and wellbeing of our clients and participants.
To enable the smooth flow of our programmes, the ideal candidate will also have strong organisational skills and a willingness to learn about logistics, risk assessments, preparing resources, session plans and caring for equipment and tools.
The successful candidate will ideally hold relevant experience and/or qualifications demonstrating that they:
- Have an interest in and ideally some basic knowledge about the natural world, particularly Scottish plants and wildlife.
- Good people skills and ability to clearly communicate, both in person and via email.
- Enthusiasm for supporting all members of our communities and being a mentor to younger age groups.
- Ready and willing to work outdoors on both coastlines and woodlands and in a wide variety of weather conditions and locations.
- A willingness to develop leadership skills through delivering certain aspects of our charitable programmes as they grow into the role.
- A proactive approach to supporting the team, either by the preparation of materials, loading and unloading vehicles, cleaning and preparing equipment as well as any other appropriate tasks as required.
- An interest in developing their skills through additional training, for example Outdoor First Aid, Dementia Awareness, Mental Health First Aid may be offered as part of the placement.
- All employees are subject to PVG checks in line with our Child Protection policies.
- Applications must be made in reference to the Kick Start Scheme. You can register yourself here: https://kickstartwork.co.uk/jobs/
- Applications should consist of an up-to-date CV and cover letter, explaining your interest in working with Wild things.
Submit your application to Luke Strachan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require further information, please feel free to get in touch: contact email@example.com
Closing date for applications: 12th August 2021
Start date: as soon as possible
Salary: £9.50 per hour
Role-Type: Part-time – 25hrs per week
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.