Can you help us deliver our fantastic outdoor education programme to primary school children at the beautiful Wandlebury Country Park?

Cambridge Past, Present & Future is the local charity protecting the beauty of Cambridge and its environment. We deliver outdoor education activities from our Education Centre at the beautiful and historic Wandlebury Country Park on the Gog Magog Hills just south of Cambridge. Our charity has run this successful programme since 2001 and receives 1-2,000 school children per year (mainly primary age). The main activities are nature and Iron-Age history. Feedback from schools is excellent and they rate us 9 out of 10.

You can find out about our schools programme by clicking here.

We are looking for more people to join our rota to help inspire and teach children. Ideally we are looking for people who:

  • Share our passion for outdoor education and are enthusiastic teachers.
  • Have teaching qualifications or experience.
  • Have some experience of teaching outdoors.
  • Have some basic knowledge of at least one of: nature/ecology/biology/early history/ archaeology.
  • Could be available during summer/autumn terms.
  • Are capable of teaching a wide variety of ages and abilities.

You will require DBS clearance before commencing.

We will provide induction training and First Aid training (if required).

What will you do?

On the day you will work as part of a team to deliver our education activities. You will help prepare for the day by getting materials ready and you will lead and teach a group of up to 16 children, supported by an adult from the school. 

We deliver a carousel of activities so you will be teaching a diverse range of activities during a day, such as pond-dipping, mini-beasts and sweep netting. Each activity lasts for around 30 minutes.

Working arrangements

You will be one of many educators in our pool of fantastic people.

When we receive a booking enquiry from a school we will contact you to see if you would be available to deliver education activities on the relevant date(s).

Each school visit typically involves working 09:00 to 15:00 on a weekday at Wandlebury Country Park.

This is a self-employed role and you would be paid for your time delivering the schools programme but not for any time travelling to Wandlebury. Pay is £19.20 per hour. 

The majority of school visits take place May-July and in October but we receive visits throughout the year. You could anticipate helping between 10-20 days per year depending on what you would like.

Familiarisation will take place in the spring so that you are ready to deliver activities by the end of May. You would be paid for familiarisation.

How to apply

Please contact us by 10am on 29 February to [email protected]  You should send us a simple CV as well as a covering letter that sets out your relevant skills/experience and why you would like to help. It would also be helpful if you could let us know your likely availability (for example if there are certain days of the week you would not be available or if you were planning a long holiday during term time). Please include details of two referees either within your CV or in addition to your CV. We will then contact you to arrange an informal interview at Wandlebury.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Nicola Spurling on 01233 243830 or [email protected]