• Job Opportunity at Community Environmental Trust

    Level 3 Forest School Practitioner
    LOCATION:  North Birmingham, England
    TYPE:  Maternity Cover; Mid October 2014 – Mid August 2015
    STATUS:  20 hours a week (afternoons only) / £17,000 per annum (pro rata)
    COMPANY:  Community Environmental Trust, 1 Whittle Croft, Castle Vale, Birmingham B35 6DN
    CONTACT:  Alicia Grande, 0121 747 3579 or [email protected]
    JOB DESCRIPTION: The Community Environmental Trust (CET) is looking for a qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioner with previous practical experience to plan and deliver a Forest School programme to primary aged children, some with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The successful candidate must be a self-motivated person who has a love for working in the outdoors and is capable of inspiring and motivating children and teachers towards promoting and using the outdoor environment as a positive and innovative learning tool. Appropriate pre-employment checks will be undertaken and the position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

    1. To plan and deliver Forest School sessions (approx. 2 hours) to primary aged children from local schools at a managed site and/or within the school grounds.
    2. To develop and maintain good relationships with the children, teaching staff, parents/carers and other organisations/partners the CET liaises with.
    3. To ensure that the Forest School site is managed in accordance to the CET’s and Birmingham City Council guidelines.
    4. To identify and maintain equipment and resources for the sessions.
    5. To support the development of additional projects such as holiday play-schemes.


    1. Level 3 Forest School qualification, included Outdoor First Aid Certificate.
    2. Have knowledge, understanding and experience of the practicality of running a day to day Forest School programme, implementing the Forest School ethos and relevant legislation, policies and procedures.
    3. Have effective communication skills, both written and orally and be able to apply them across a broad spectrum of people and situations.
    4. Ensure equality and diversity throughout all of the sessions you plan and deliver, and how you present yourself towards colleagues, children, teaching staff and other organisations/partners the CET liaises with.
    5. Application of risk assessment and health and safety procedures.
    6. Competent to introduce relevant skills, knowledge and resources based on the children’s interests and needs.
    7. Need to demonstrate effective time and resource management whilst retaining flexibility to reflect the unpredictability of the work e.g. weather.


    1. Current Enhanced DBS certificate.
    2. Holds a full driving license with the addition of a minibus license.

    Should you require any further information regarding the role, please contact Alicia Grande, Project Manager at [email protected] or 0121 747 3579
    To apply for this position please email Alicia at [email protected] with your current CV, a covering letter and a 500 words statement explaining why you believe you should be considered for the Forest School Practitioner position.
    Closing date for applications: Thursday 9th October
    Interviews: Thursday 16th October (Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)
    Starting date: Monday 27th October.

    Posted on 3rd October 2014