Job Vacancy: The Royal Parks – Learning Officer

  • Pay Range: £26,075 – £30,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • Contract: Full time, permanent contract
  • Location: The LookOut, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

 About us

The Royal Parks is responsible for managing and preserving over 5,000 acres of historic parkland across London, stretching from Greenwich Park in the east, through Hyde Park and St James’s Park in the centre, to Bushy Park in the west. Our eight Royal Parks include one World Heritage Site, two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and important habitats for London’s wildlife; and are among the most visited attractions in the UK.

About the role

This is an exciting time to be joining us. In 2017 The Royal Parks charity was founded, as we took over the role of managing the parks from The Royal Parks Agency – a former executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. At the same time we joined forces with the Royal Parks Foundation, bringing together the best of fundraising, education and park management under one organisation. The Royal Parks charity was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales and our new Chairman Loyd Grossman in July 2017.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and energetic environmental education professional to join The Royal Parks Learning Team, based at The LookOut, Hyde Park. The LookOut is a unique, eco-friendly building nestled in an acre of enclosed grounds in the heart of the park. Our work enables people of all ages, abilities and communities to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and learn about the history, culture, heritage and natural environment of the Parks. We run a full programme of formal and informal sessions and events for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Working closely with the other members of the Learning Team, you will develop and teach school sessions taking into account the ages and ability of each audience. You will also develop the existing secondary school programme and specific projects with guidance from the Learning Manager.

About you

The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about engaging children and adults with British wildlife, natural heritage and the environment, with proven experience of sharing this with children and young people in formal and/or informal settings. While the main focus of the role will be on environmental education, you will have enthusiasm and curiosity for the rich heritage and present-day role of the Royal Parks in London. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be able to deliver curriculum-linked education sessions regularly to a consistently high standard with energy and enthusiasm. You will be highly organised, with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to use your initiative and develop creative new ideas. You will be able to adapt sessions according to weather conditions, the needs of each group and other unforeseen circumstances that arise while maintaining a consistently excellent standard of delivery. Our programmes are supported by a team of talented volunteers, and you will build relationships with them to ensure that all involved benefit from their work. Your “can do” attitude and passion for your work will form an invaluable part of our ambitious and supportive team.

To apply

To apply for this role candidates should download the application pack from our website or request further details from vacancies@royalparks.org.uk, quoting in the subject bar: your full name and ref: L00218. You will be asked to submit a diversity form, your CV, and a covering letter / personal statement describing how your skills and experience meet the relevant essential competencies in the Person Specification.

Closing Date for Applications is 5pm on Monday, 26th February 2018. First round interviews will take place in the week beginning 5th March 2018.