Freelance Tutor

Location: FSC Northern Ireland, based predominantly at Tollymore Field Studies Centre
Salary and Benefits

FSC Pay Grade: Scale Points 11 – 14, currently £9.44 - £10.77 per hour. Payment will only be made for hours actually worked.

Although we have to be flexible with our session times to meet the needs of our customers, standard session times would normally be:
Full Day – 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (inclusive of 30 minute unpaid lunch break)
Half Day – 9.00 am to 1.00 pm or 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm (no inclusive break)

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Date Posted: 19/12/2017
Field Studies Council
Preston Montford
Montford Bridge

Freelance Tutor

Imagine a role where you can use your environmental knowledge to help shape the minds of the new generation; a role where you work as part of a team in the great outdoors, inspiring others and developing passions for the future. Teaching with FSC gives you a role with both challenge and opportunity, and a chance to start young people on a journey of discovery that can last a lifetime. FSC are looking for people with a curiosity for the world around us, a passion for the natural history of the British Isles and an ability to enthuse and inspire others.

How to apply:
For all recruitment information and relevant application forms please go to our vacancies web page at:

To apply for this position please download and complete in full the EDUCATION application form. You must ensure that your application includes examples of how you have demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in meeting the requirements of the role detailed in both the job description and person specification.

Send your completed application form to: OR Human Resources, FSC Head Office, Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1HW.

Please note we do not accept CV’s without a completed application form.

The closing date for receipt of your completed application is 12 noon on 18th January 2018.
Interviews are scheduled to take place at Tollymore Field Studies Centre in the week commencing 25th January 2018

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy please call Mark O’Connor on 028 43 726498. (For Derrygonnelly specific queries, please call Chris Finlay on 028 68 641673). We look forward to receiving your application in due course.

Overall Job purpose:
The post-holder will develop, plan and deliver ‘out-of-classroom learning’ activities to a wide ranging audience; engaging and enthusing students and assisting FSC achieve its goal of ‘Bringing Environmental Understanding to All though first-hand experience’. The post-holder will be expected to lead groups of all abilities in the natural environment with the ability to provide an appropriate standard of care for our learners.

Although the role will primarily involve working out of a classroom at Tollymore Field Studies Centre (, the post holder will have to be flexible, and a willingness to teach at FSC Derrygonnelly and to deliver outreach training at other locations as and when required is also a prerequisite for success. This role would suit someone with a strong background and passion for teaching geography fieldwork.

This is essentially an active role and will require the post-holder to be able to carry out duties associated with effectively managing groups in outdoor learning locations, which may be remote, whilst ensuring the health and safety of the group at all times, including carrying safety sacks. A willingness to travel and deliver at a number of learning locations in Northern Ireland is integral to this role; occasional overnight stays may be required in order to effectively deliver and meet customer needs.

Key Responsibilities:

• Developing and delivering out-of-classroom learning experiences to a wide-ranging audience of formal and informal educational groups including:
• Leading specification-based programmes at Leaving Certificate Geography & Biology, Transition Year and Junior Certificate
• leading specification-based programmes in geography & biology at Key-stage 4 and A/AS level
• leading Key-stage 2 & 3 programmes with environmental, conservation and adventurous activities
• cross-curricular environmental studies programmes at Key Stages 2 and 3
• informal leisure-learning programmes for adult and family groups
• supporting other courses e.g. university groups, PGCE, etc
• programmes for school and other local community groups
• Ensuring that - where appropriate - programmes have relevance to the Awarding Body Specifications
• Effectively integrating ICT into pre-planned activities (GIS, Excel, Smartboards and PowerPoints)
• Ensuring all resources (including shared resources) are prepared and available for the activity
• Producing plans for activities, identifying appropriate learning outcomes and liaising with accompanying staff to ensure programmes meet their requirements
• Identifying individual learning needs and planning and adapting courses to meet the needs of learners, and responding to the needs of the group by changing the pace and/or style of delivery as appropriate
• Contributing fully to the development of new teaching activities, including taking a lead role within some areas and effectively sharing and communicating ideas within the teaching team
• Delivering activities in a safe, effective and engaging manner, carrying out Risk Assessments and adapting activities where appropriate, e.g. due to sudden changes in weather or other unforeseen circumstances

• Complying with all relevant legislation / FSC Operating Codes of Practice (OCoPs) / FSC Health and Safety Handbook and FSC procedures
• Delivering a high standard of customer service and customer care
• Ensuring the highest standards of quality are achieved in all duties carried out
• Working closely with other staff to ensure that appropriate levels of service are maintained during absences and periods of high workload
• Maintaining professional standards at all times in accordance with FSC policies
• Fulfilling your obligations under FSC’s Behaviour Partnership to ensure a happy, productive working environment
• Attending staff meetings as well as FSC internal and external training as required, in order to share best practice and improve team and learning location performance, and participating fully in staff development activities (sometimes this may involve travel to other learning locations with the occasional overnight stay)
• Undertaking any other duties that may reasonably be required to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the learning location

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