Education VolunteerVacancy posted: Friday, 9 September 2016
Job ref. no.: Ed Vol Weekdays
Volunteer Role Description
Gorgie City Farm is committed to providing voluntary roles for a range of people aged over 13. The education assistant helps with tasks related to our education programme on a regular basis.
All are welcome to apply, whether applying for specific experience of animal work for courses, a general desire to work with animals, volunteering for general work experience, or just wishing to use their time constructively for the community. For education roles, some experience working with children is desirable, and applicants need to be aged over 18.
- Conduct interactive farm tours with children from nurseries and primary schools– this will involve some animal handling!
- Undertake other planned events with visitors to the farm such as craft sessions and workshops.
- Run sessions to planned timings as agreed with Education Officer.
- Classroom and material preparation.
- Other tasks as directed by Education Officer.
Frequency and Commitment:
- Mornings or Afternoons, weekdays, mostly during term time.
- The role takes place when there are bookings made – the Education Officer will notify volunteers and book you in for sessions.
- Volunteers will be interviewed and given a full farm induction and training in the role.
- Some experience working with children is preferred.
- We will seek PVG checks for this role as it involves direct work with children.
- It is essential that applicants for this role have good interpersonal skills, good customer service skills and are friendly – it is a role focussed on the public, not the animals!
- Willingness to work with animals and get your hands dirty – however, experience with animals or farming is not necessary as training will be provided.
- For many of our voluntary roles, applicants with extra support needs are welcomed and the farm runs mixed ability volunteer groups in most areas. However, this education role is suitable for those able to lead a group and manage people without direct supervision, therefore we suggest that volunteers consider whether they feel able to do this.
- For all voluntary roles, it is worth noting that the farm is open to the public and volunteers need to be aware that it can be busy at times.
About Gorgie City Farm
Gorgie City Farm was conceived in 1977 by a group of local residents. The group was formally constituted and registered as a charity in 1978 and the Farm opened to the public in 1982. The farm is set in 2.5 acres, in a densely populated part of the City of Edinburgh with little open space. The site was originally derelict, but is now a vibrant community hub. The farm is open 363 days/year and admission is free.
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