Posted November 2, 2023

Organisation Hayley Young - Lead Teacher, Learning Programme

Do you have a love of plants and the natural world and a desire to communicate this with children and young people?
Wakehurst is Kew’s wild botanic garden, located in the heart of Sussex.
Set in 535 beautiful acres, we are seeking volunteers to join our existing team.

You will assist the Wakehurst teaching team to create visits that are inspiring, educational and well organised. Our friendly and supportive team will be there to train you for the role and guide you as you become familiar with our programme of sessions and site.

Main tasks
• To help Wakehurst teachers with the arrival and departure of school groups in an organised and safe manner.
• To move groups of children and young people safely around and between sessions.
• To communicate with children and young people with enthusiasm and clarity about plants, fungi and Kew science.
• To provide practical and logistical support for the Wakehurst teachers running the sessions.
• To take full responsibility for groups of primary aged children and accompanying adults on themed garden trails.
• To support Wakehurst teachers with the organisation and tidying of resources during and after a visit.

About You
You are:
• Enthusiastic about engaging young people in the work of Kew’s wild botanic garden at Wakehurst.
• Passionate about learning and science with a curiosity about the natural world.
• Enthusiastic about outdoor learning opportunities for children and young people.
• Practical, flexible and able to problem solve.
• A good communicator, able to use age-appropriate language, with a good understanding of customer care.

We encourage volunteers to commit a minimum of four sessions per month during our busy seasons (March to July and September to November). Less frequent opportunities are available at other times of the year.

What to expect from us:
• The opportunity to shadow school visits before committing to become a volunteer.
• Full induction, basic training, ongoing support and supervision.
• To be treated fairly and with respect.
• To be part of a friendly and dedicated team and volunteering community.
• An opportunity to learn about the amazing collections at Wakehurst and Kew, the living plants, the ground-breaking science and the work of the Millennium Seed Bank.
• To provide Wakehurst corporate wear.
• Reimbursement of actual travel expenses incurred up to a set value.
• Free entry to Wakehurst and Kew for yourself and an accompanying adult.
• Discounts in Wakehurst and Kew shops and eateries.

Wakehurst is located north of Ardingly. Close to the East/ West Sussex county boundary.

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