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Somerset Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. We are a science-led movement focused on restoring habitats to support a wide range of wildlife and restore natural ...

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Wildlife Watch Leaders and Helpers

0–4 hrs/wk
Flexible location
OutdoorsYouth workOther
Nature & sustainabilityCommunity & familyChildren & youth
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Do you have a sense of fun and enjoy getting a bit muddy from time-to-time? Volunteer for Wildlife Watch and inspire the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts

Detailed description

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and is the UK's leading club for young environmentalists. Local Watch Clubs run a varied programme of fun environmental and wildlife focused activities aimed at 6–12-year-olds, with children attending accompanied by their parents or guardians.

Across the UK hundreds of adult volunteers are dedicated to running Wildlife Watch groups where children can have lots of fun, and make new friends, whilst they develop a real understanding and commitment to the natural environment.

We’re looking for Leaders and Helpers to run and support a Wildlife Watch group by planning and delivering activities suitable for children and their families.

Leaders receive materials, training and support from the Somerset Wildlife Trust staff team. This is a very flexible volunteer role in which you can have a real impact. As a Leader you can decide with your Helpers how often - and when - you wish to run sessions, although we recommend at least one session a term, plus planning and prep time.

Leaders are responsible for the overall running of the group including the risk assessments, planning, advertising events and working with your team of Helpers to deliver a great session.

Helpers support the group Leader with planning, prep and delivering activities.

We’re looking for people from all walks of life but there are a few qualities we look for in every Wildlife Watch volunteer:

  • An enthusiasm for wildlife and the natural world (but you don’t need to be an expert!)
  • An enthusiasm for working with young people and ability to relate to and talk to young people at their level 
  • To be organised and happy to take on the responsibility for planning and leading safe and enjoyable sessions
  • The ability to work well with other adults and share tasks as a team
  • Use of creative ideas to make sessions interesting and engaging
  • Experience of working with young people would be a benefit to this role
  • A sense of fun

We currently have five active Wildlife Watch groups across Somerset:

  • East Mendip Wildlife Watch Group, near Shepton Mallet (not recruiting for volunteers)
  • Nettlecombe Court Wildlife Watch Group, near Williton (not recruiting for volunteers)
  • North Brewham Wildlife Watch Group, near Bruton (not recruiting for volunteers)
  • Taunton Wildlife Watch Group (recruiting for LEADERS and HELPERS)
  • Yeovil Wildlife Watch Group, near South Petherton (recruiting for HELPERS)

We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who would potentially be interested in setting up and leading new groups, particularly in these areas:

  • West Mendips (Cheddar or nearby)
  • Glastonbury, Street and surrounds
  • Bridgewater
  • Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea
  • Heart of the Levels (Somerton or nearby)
  • West Somerset (Exmoor, Minehead or surrounds)

This is a great way to get involved with the work of the Wildlife Trust and to encourage young people to take an active interest in wildlife and the natural environment.

Volunteers recruited to work with young people should be aware that these roles are subject to appropriate checks, references and training. Please see our website for further details on the role and our safeguarding policies.

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About Somerset Wildlife Trust

Somerset Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. We are a science-led movement focused on restoring habitats to support a wide range of wildlife and restore natural processes that are essential for healthy landscapes, and provide vital services such as clean air and water, food, carbon absorption and flood alleviation.