Forest Learning Leader positions available countrywide

April 11, 2014

Job Title:                      Local Forest Learning Leader          

Start Date: 27th May 2014

Interviews: 17th April 2014 – Sheffield

Last date for applications: 14th April 2014


Job Description

To deliver a range of forest learning activities to a variety of client groups,

To deliver other types of less formal learning activities : family events, woodland birthday parties

To deliver and assist in the delivery of teacher training: how to take the curriculum outdoors

To develop the number and range of activities at the local Forest location

To take team leader responsibilities and supervision of Forest Learning Assistants

To develop good relationships with stakeholders of the local provision


Job Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the National Learning Manager, devise and deliver a variety of learning programmes to different groups
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation of all activities through client feedback
  • Actively seek to improve our service and the quality of our provision
  • Be actively involved in assisting in meeting the criteria of the cLOTC quality award
  • Ensure that all agreed KPI’s are met at the local forest location
  • Take responsibility for developing and managing the relationship with 3rd Party Regional Learning team
  • Ensuring that all sites used within the Local Forest Area are managed in accordance with guidelines and take responsibility for maintenance
  • Actively participate in local marketing initiatives to further develop the offering at the Local Forest


Person Specification

Essential Knowledge, Experience and skills

  • Minimum L3 qualification relating to the environment/outdoors/Forest School Practitioner Qualification. (The expectation is that candidates should already meet, or be prepared to meet the FS L3 standards set by Archimedes through further training and CPD throughout the life of the contract, working to the established protocols of both organisations: Schola Foris and Archimedes)
  • Experience with working with children, young people and adults outdoors in a learning capacity
  • English and Maths at GCSE or L2 equivalent

Desirable Knowledge, Experience and skills

  • Degree Level Study relating to the environment/outdoors or teaching
  • Understanding of the national curriculum
  • Programme design and delivery
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Understanding of the principles of Health and Safety
  • Understanding of equality and diversity matters
  • Minimum L3 qualification for working with children and youth
  • Outdoor paediatric first aid qualification

Other requirements

  • Friendly, good communicator with empathetic approach
  • Organised and committed to improving quality of provision
  • Willing to extend own learning and develop skills
  • Full Driving Licence
  • Access to a motor vehicle for regular use
  • Willingness to undertake evening and weekend work


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Appropriate pre-employment checks will be undertaken.


Our recruitment process is undertaken with regard to our commitment as an equal opportunities employer and in accordance with legislation.


Positions available at the following Forestry Commission sites:

Cardinham, Cornwall

Forest of Dean

West Walk, Hampshire

Bedgebury, Kent

Chambers Farm Wood, Lincolnshire

Hicks Lodge, Leicestershire

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire.


Please indicate on your application form, which location you are wanting to work in.

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