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Education, Families & Youth Officer - Scotland based

  • Part time
  • £23,939 – £26,558 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh/Hybrid
  • Closing 2nd February 2023

  • Advertised from 13th January 2023
  • Fixed-Term for 18.5 hours per week
  • Reference: JAN20234265


This is a Fixed-Term for 18.5 hours per week - The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

The suitable candidate will be based in Scotland (be that home/hybrid based)

What's the role about?

This role aims to support key projects and initiatives as well as to support Scotland’s regional operations team with all their education, families, and youth work, enabling more and more diverse people to connect with and act for nature.

Duties include - Non-Exhaustive

• In line with RSPB’s Youth Strategy, support staff and volunteers across Scotland in their delivery of projects in order to contribute towards agreed targets.

• Deliver a recognised and respected source of leadership, support and advice to regional/country teams engaged on Education, Families and Youth work.

• Enhance the regional/county teams understanding of working with young people through co-design approaches, enabling them to increase their confidence in working with them – so that more young people have a positive experience of nature.

• Support the development of capabilities and knowledge of regional/country staff and volunteers delivering education, families, and youth work, to ensure delivery of the regional/country plans.

• In line with RSPB standards, the Scotland context and reflecting the needs of the Scottish curriculum, help develop, and support agreed Education, Family and Youth projects which contribute towards country targets.

• Monitor, evaluate and review agreed areas of Education, Families and Youth delivery to ensure it meets RSPB policy and standards and is achieving agreed Youth strategy targets.

• Lead (with Line Manager/other staff members where appropriate) on awareness raising, training and advice for safeguarding policy and procedure across the region to ensure staff and volunteers are aware of key issues and feel confident in engaging with young people.

• Support capability and knowledge development of volunteers delivering education, families, and youth work to help raise awareness and understanding of volunteering as a positive way of meeting business needs.

• Seek opportunities to develop new approaches to deliver the Youth Strategy to help meet agreed targets.

What we need from you


• Good leadership – ability to motivate and influence people to deliver objectives without direct line management.

• Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, successfully influencing, persuading, guiding, listening to, and negotiating with others, constructively challenging thinking where appropriate.

• Ability to build and manage effective and productive internal stakeholder relationships.

• Excellent time management, planning and organisational skills; ability to manage and deliver a diverse portfolio of work and administration within a limited time.

• Ability to be proactive, use initiative and work independently.

• Ability to balance a strong focus on achieving successful outcomes with the need to empower, enable, motivate, inspire, and develop others.

• Competent in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Excel for normal business use.

• Working with young people and/or supporting/managing those that do.

• Experience of working as part of a team and with volunteers.

• Enthusing others about the benefits of working with young people and their families to themselves and the organisation.

• Experience of working in the charitable sector or in an organisation that works closely with young people or families.

• Experience of providing operational advice and guidance to people at all levels and building effective stakeholder relationships.


• Teaching qualification.

• Youth Work qualification.

Application notes

To find out more and apply please visit our website

Closing date: 23:59, Thu, 2nd Feb 2023

Interviews will be conducted from w/c 13th February 2023.

As part of this application, you will be asked to upload a CV and complete the application form where you have the opportunity to tell us to what capacity you meet the criteria set above.

This role will require the completion of a PVG in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.