Location idverde UK, Kensington & Chelsea
Hours per week 40
Job Reference
Application Deadline 25-03-2022
Job Type Full-time

About the role

Main Purpose:

  • To support the operation and development of the Holland Park Ecology Centre as a high-quality education facility and visitor destination.
  • To provide assistance to the Ecology Manager and in particular to be responsible for delivery of an environmental education programme at the Holland Park Ecology Centre, an annual events programme, and to lead practical conservation tasks.

Role Responsibility:

  • Coordinate, supervise and instruct school groups as part of the environmental education and Forest School programmes.
  • Assist in the development, organisation, and running of ecological engagement events at the Ecology Centre, including holiday activity programmes.
  • As part of the team, assume responsibility for the day-to-day management and record-keeping of the Holland Park Ecology Centre including risk assessments, safeguarding, health and safety matters, and equal opportunities.
  • Maintain a good working knowledge of health and safety requirements relating to the service, users, and facilities. Ensure third parties visiting or using facilities comply with service requirements
  • Support the team where necessary with admin tasks, including managing school bookings, ordering, and invoicing.
  • Maintain and produce management monitoring data and undertake customer surveys as appropriate.
  • Manage, on a day-to-day basis, any training placements or volunteers working for the Ecology Service.
  • Help maintain the Ecology Centre resources, including keeping equipment in good working order.
  • Assist in the development of educational and interpretive information for use in the Ecology Centre and elsewhere in the Royal Borough.
  • Support the development and delivery of the communications plan to promote events and activities delivered by the Ecology Team.
  • Support the care, management, and handling of the service’s live animal collection, following best practices.
  • Keep up to date with the National Curriculum, children and vulnerable adults safeguarding guidance and legislation, and general ecological/biodiversity knowledge and legislation
  • Assist with the delivery of the Royal Borough’s Biodiversity Action Plan.
  • Deputise, where appropriate, for the Ecology Service Manager in that officer’s absence.
  • Undertake other relevant duties that may be required.
  • Assist as required in “service-wide” Leisure projects as part of the Leisure Services team.

Candidates:

When completing your application form, please address your answers directly to each of the selection criteria below. This enables the panel to assess your ability to meet each criterion. It is essential that you give at least one example of your ability to meet each of the four Values and Behaviours: Putting Communities First, Respect, Integrity and Working Together.

Recruiting Managers:

The following values and behaviours are essential criteria in each post and must be addressed directly by candidates. The Guidance Notes on values and behaviours for managers give example questions to probe candidates in the interview and application stages of the recruitment process.

Values & Behaviours

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has identified four key behaviours and values that should be demonstrated by all council employees. Successful candidates will show the ability to meet these behaviours.

Personal Qualifications

Essential:

  •   A relevant degree in ecology, biology, geography, environmental sciences or a closely related subject, or an equivalent teaching qualification
  • Forest School Leader (Level 3) trained
  •  First Aid qualified, in particular, Paediatric first aid

Skills; Experience and Attitude

Essential:

  • At least 6 months relevant experience in ecology, environmental education and environmental work.
  • Experience in environmental education work with children and working with schools
  • Knowledge of the national curriculum for KS1 & 2.
  • Good general knowledge of the natural world.
  •  Experience in practical conservation works.
  •  An understanding of people from different cultural, ethnic and religious groups.
  •  Good computer skills.
  •  Knowledge of health & safety and risk assessments.
  •  Creative skills to develop publicity and information leaflets.
  •  Ability to deal with people tactfully but firmly.
  •  Ability to communicate articulately and confidently to a wide range of people including talks and presentations tailored to a particular audience.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Good working knowledge of IT including use of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) and email systems
  •  Ability to work flexibly as part of a small team.
  •  Creative and energetic, with enthusiasm for environmental education, nature exploration, art and crafts.
  •  Self-motivated, with a friendly and welcoming personality.
  •  Practical, responsible, and confident in taking the initiative.
  •  Willing to work some evenings and occasional weekends.

This position is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure will be undertaken on the successful person before an appointment is confirmed.

Our Values & Behaviours

  • We put local people at the heart of decision making in everything we do.
  • We seek to include and involve: all voices matter.
  • We provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient.

The following examples are indicators of effective behaviour:

  •  I actively involve and include the communities that I serve in my work.
  •  I shall reflect the views of the communities in my daily work.
  •  I shall improve the service I provide by seeking feedback from others.

The following examples are indicators of effective behaviour:

  •  I adapt my approach to taking account of all differences and cultures in the community and with colleagues.
  •  I ensure I am equitable and fair by including those who are quiet or may not be able to represent themselves.
  •  I communicate respectfully, encourage involvement and meets people’s needs.

This position is offered full-time for 5 months until 21st August 2022.

Benefits

  • Competitive pay to match your skills and experience
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Generous Holiday Allowance
  • Access to our idverde Benefits Hub
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Plus much more