Wilder Schools Champions
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SummaryJoin us as a Wilder School Champion and make a positive impact on wildlife conservation in Herts and Middlesex by helping schools to improve their grounds.
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is a leading voice for wildlife conservation across Hertfordshire and Middlesex. As a charity we rely heavily on volunteers to help support and deliver our work programmes.
Schools have enormous potential to provide safe habitats and connected corridors for wildlife. We will be working with schools in Hertfordshire and Middlesex to help them improve their grounds for wildlife and have developed Wilder School Champion volunteer roles to support this.
As a Wilder School Champion, you will support schools in your local area to make changes for the benefit of wildlife by providing advice and guidance on improving the grounds.
If you are passionate about creating more space for wildlife to thrive and have an interest in increasing the opportunities for young people to be inspired by nature, then this role could be for you. Ideally you would understand the principles of managing a space for wildlife, the basics of gardening for wildlife and/or experience of working with schools.
This is exclusively an advisory role; you will not be completing practical tasks with schools. Every school has potential, so this is a real opportunity to help improve the nature network across our counties.
Schools across Hertfordshire and Middlesex
• Visit local schools, walk around the grounds with staff and/or students, listen and offer advice on how the grounds could be improved.
• Write-up recommendations for the school, identifying the different features of the site and providing a short plan on how these could be managed.
• Provide teachers with the HMWT Wilder Schools Information Pack and Pond Pack.
• Wilder Communities Officer
Skills and attributes, you will need:
• Knowledge of wildlife friendly gardening/land management, including basic plant ID and habitat types.
• An enthusiasm and passion for wildlife is essential.
• Kind and caring approach, flexible to the needs of others.
• Enjoy and feel confident talking to young people.
• Willingness to work as part of a team.
• Willingness to work in accordance with all relevant Trust policies and procedures including Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Data Protection.
• Willingness to apply for an Enhanced DBS Certificate.
• Good written and spoken English.
Volunteer training and support:
• An introduction to the work of the Trust and information on our policies and procedures.
• Safeguarding Level 1.
• AQA Introduction to Wilding in School Grounds - 1 day course.
• Regular ‘check-ins’ with fellow Wilder Schools Champions.
• Mentoring with an experienced staff member to guide and review your activities.
• Reasonable travel expenses can be claimed with prior arrangement.
Anticipated time commitment:
• This is flexible but we suggest up to 60 minutes per school visit, carrying out a minimum of one visit per month.
Format of visits:
• Walk around the grounds
• Take time to listen to the staff and/or students guiding you to understand what they want, need and what their limitations may be.
• Identify opportunities for ‘wilding’.
• Celebrate what the school are doing already.
Following the visit produce a simple plan that includes:
- Existing features with guidance on how management could be changed/improved.
- Opportunities to create/add more features and the management of these.
- Wilder Schools Information Pack/Pond Pack including step-by-step guides and ideas on how to incorporate wildlife into learning.
Apply by 23rd February 2024
Volunteer Training Day 25th March 2024
What we will provide to volunteers💸 Reimbursement of costs
About Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
The Trust believes that wildlife should be able to thrive alongside our everyday lives and that everyone benefits from having access to nature. If we work together as a community, nature will recover and we will create a greener, sustainable and wilder future.
As part of the national federation of 46 Wildlife Trusts, our influence is far-reaching and we play a vital role in standing up for wildlife.