Main job responsibilities:
1.To lead and direct the outdoor learning and interpretation strategy including devising the strategy, agreeing annual targets and key performance indicators, monitoring and reporting on the achievements and measuring the impact of the work.
2. To collaborate with others to ensure the outdoor learning programme and interpretation work is coherent with other work and contributes towards the achievement of the mission.
We believe that the more people who have an understanding of their local environment the more they will enjoy, value, and respect it. That is why we have always run an innovative and high quality environmental education programme, which has more recently been re-named Outdoor Learning.
In recent years this work has included a large programme of facilitating primary school visits (around 6,000 children a year) to undertake learning activities linked to the national curriculum in our parks and other programmes aimed at specific target groups such as our youth rangers. We also run programmes for pre-school children, home-educated children, and excluded children; we deliver forest schools and bushcraft activities, run some secondary school projects and an adult education programme. We have a good and experienced team of five (two part time, three full time) Outdoor Learning Practitioners, one of who is the co-ordinator of the team. We also have some great volunteers who assist with this work.
Prepare a strategic plan for outdoor learning and interpretation seeking input from across the organisation and from our many stakeholders. Secure the support and commitment of the Board and colleagues to the Strategy. The strategy will set out:
• What we are seeking to achieve through outdoor learning and interpretation; the audiences that we should be looking to engage with; and the programme of outdoor learning activities that we should be running in order to engage our communities
• The key messages about the environment we want to communicate to the various communities in Milton Keynes and to the users of our parks that will give them a greater understanding and appreciation of their local environment
• The role of our education/visitor centres
• The stories we want to tell at our sites, particularly at our education centres/visitor centres and how we will communicate them
• The settings and channels we will use: schools, parks, education centres/visitor centres, the community etc
• The resources we need to make an impact with this work
• How we will measure the impact and evaluate the work we do
• A three-year delivery plan
A sound understanding of environmental education and at least five years working at the sharp end of outdoor learning - delivering programmes to primary age and secondary school aged children
• Experience of developing and implementing a strategy and monitoring and reporting on outcomes
• Experience of evaluating the benefits of outdoor learning and the impact it makes
• Experience of designing or commissioning heritage or countryside interpretative plans and media
• Responsibility or partial responsibility for the management of a visitor centre or outdoor learning centre or education centre
• Sound understanding of safety policies, procedures and regulations including risk management and safeguarding.
• Experience managing budgets
• Experience of managing staff and the ability to provide inspirational leadership
- Outdoor Education
- outdoor learning
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