Wildlife Watch Leader

Location: Various, Nottinghamshire
Do you enjoy engaging and inspiring children about wildlife? Could you spare a few hours a month to help deliver a fun session for children aged 8 – 12? Wildlife Watch is a fantastic programme of activities for children linked to a national network of groups. Support and training is provided and we have a range of opportunities available.

We need Wildilfe Watch leaders

We have vacancies in the following areas:

Attenborough Watch Group: based at Attenborough Nature Reserve, Barton Lane, NG9 6DY.

Farndon Watch Group: based at Farndon Willow Holt, Farndon village (near Newark).

Fernwood Watch Group: based at Fernwood village (near Newark).

Rushcliffe Watch Group: based at Rushcliffe Country Park, Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire.

Mansfield Watch Group: based at St Marks Church Hall, Nottingham Rd, Mansfield, NG18 1BP (visiting local nature reserves).

Idle Valley Watch Group: based at Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre & Nature Reserve, North Rd, Retford, DN22 8SG.

Woodthorpe Watch Group: based at Woodthorpe Meadow, Sherwood Community Centre, off Mansfield Rd, Sherwood, Nottingham (starting spring 2019).    


Find out more about Wildlife Watch


What does the role involve?

  • Planning a fun programme of wildlife activities throughout the year, inspired by nature and the environment.
  • The emphasis is on regular, hands-on, informal outdoor activities, enabling children to explore the wildlife around them more closely.
  • Deliver and lead each two-hour monthly sessions, working together with a team of other volunteer leaders and helpers.
  • Administer and run sessions following our safeguarding guidelines and H&S procedures, including risk assessments and correct registration of each participant when they start and when they attend each month.
  • Contribute to data collection about sessions by keeping up-to-date records and communicate regularly with our Watch Organiser (Lynn Victor) to ensure sessions are recorded and evaluated centrally.
  • Help promote Wildlife Watch sessions using templates and posters provided.
  • Use the Watch email to regularly follow-up any enquires or contact from families wishing to join or to find out about sessions.
  • Attend (where possible) Wildlife Watch volunteer training/sharing events.
  • Utilise the free and supportive online materials and ideas provided by the national Wildlife Watch website and network.
  • Support the administration of children gaining Wildlife Watch awards, celebrating children’s activities and achievements.
  • Help document workshops by taking photos of activities and evaluating sessions.

What experience do I need?

Previous experience and knowledge of conservation and wildlife is far less important than an empathy with children and the ability to interest them in fun ways to investigate their surroundings.  However, leadership does involve commitment and responsibility for the safety and well-being of the group members.

  • Approachable with a friendly personality.
  • Interested in wildlife and conservation.
  • Like listening and helping people.
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Efficient at taking messages and passing them on
  • Some IT skills would be advantageous but not absolutely necessary

What benefits and training are there?

  • Watch ‘leader’ status as part of the Watch Leader network in Notts and the UK.
  • Regular contact from the Watch Organiser, mailings, activity ideas and resources for your group
  • Training on child welfare and safeguarding, planning and running sessions and activities.
  • Two training/networking days each year for volunteer teams to get together and share ideas.
  • Support in promotion of the group, and recruitment of children to the group.
  • Access to the leader pages on the Wildlife Watch website, containing resources for leaders.
  • Personal and skills experience to help future careers/learning opportunities.
  • An opportunity to mentor other volunteers and helpers.
  • Rewarding outcomes, enabling children to access nature and wildlife in your local area.

How often will I be expected to volunteer?

Wildlife Watch groups meet once a month for a two-hour session, run by Watch Leaders who can commit to most sessions so there is continuity.

Wildlife Watch Leaders can delegate session delivery to other group helpers if occasionally required and some groups may choose to deliver more or fewer sessions during certain seasons. This can be agreed with the Watch Organiser.

There are occasional group planning meetings which volunteers may organise to help plan sessions and two training/networking days per year for all Watch Leaders across the county to get together.

Is a reference required?