Education Support Assistant

Location: FSC Pembrokeshire, predominantly based at Dale Fort Field Centre
Salary and Benefits

FSC Salary Grade: The post is offered at £7.50 per hour which is identified as FSC scale point 4.

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Date Posted: 19/1/2018
Field Studies Council
Preston Montford
Montford Bridge

Education Support Assistant

Imagine a job where you can use your environmental knowledge every day, helping to shape the minds of the new generation; a job where you work as part of a team in the great outdoors, inspiring others and developing passions for the future. This role will give you 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 post 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 Friday 2nd February 2018
Interviews are scheduled to take place at Dale Fort Field Centre on Friday 9th February 2018

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy please call Louisa Gooch on 01646 623920. We look forward to receiving your application in due course.

Overall Job purpose:
The post primarily involves the day-to-day management and maintenance of the technical, logistical and administrative resources which support the work of the Education Team in the delivery of field courses and environmental activities, along with a range of other duties essential to the smooth running of the Learning Location. The post holder must be enthusiastic about the environment and keen to see that people are taught to understand and respect it better. The post will best suit people who show initiative, can work independently, and contribute to the work of the Learning Location whilst prioritising a variety of tasks.

This is essentially an active role and will require the post holder to be able to undertake manual handling duties associated with the post, e.g. moving/carrying equipment.

Key Responsibilities:
• Educational Resources / Equipment: Ensuring the readiness and availability of fieldwork equipment, H&S resources, workroom apparatus, ICT hard and soft ware, library, microscopes, classroom and lesson resources.
• Workspaces: Ensuring equipment stores, workrooms and classrooms are ready, clean and safe for use.
• Stock Control: Day-to-day management and maintenance of stock levels (educational equipment and resources), ensuring compliance with COSHH and other H&S requirements/recording systems.
• Education Support: This could include accompanying teaching staff on field trips; assisting students in their work; demonstrating techniques; assisting with nature walks; helping to run environmental or problem solving games; aiding teaching staff in the collection of class data; or assisting independent groups by ensuring they have everything they need to run their own courses.
• Environmental Recording: Operating and maintaining the Met Office climatological station and recording systems. Contributing to ongoing survey work e.g. butterfly transects / resource monitoring.
• Sustainability and conservation: Contributing to various “green initiatives”, such as recycling, gardening and maintenance tasks in the Learning Location grounds.
• Learning Location Shop & Bar: You will assist with running the shop and the bar, including ordering stock, carrying out stock takes and maintaining displays.
• Other Routine Tasks: These could include showing in new arrivals; issuing and maintaining waterproofs and wellies; supervising the library; checking first aid kits and safety rucksacks; maintaining student amenities; and assisting with general maintenance around the learning location.

• Complying with all relevant legislation / FSC Operating Codes of Practice (OCoPs) / FSC Health and Safety Handbook and FSC procedures
• Taking an active role in the learning location’s evening and residential duty system - this will involve staying on site on some evenings and overnight to deal with customer issues and, with the support of a Senior member of staff, respond to emergencies.
• 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)
• Driving: We have a number of vehicles which you may be asked to drive. To do so, you will need to be 21 years or over, have a full valid driving licence, to have been driving for at least two years, and undertake an internal assessment on commencement in the role
Subject to meeting certain criteria, you may also be required to drive our minibuses. If you do not hold D1 entitlement and have the appropriate driving experience/certification, you may be required to undertake the relevant training upon commencement of the role
• Undertaking any other duties that may reasonably be required to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the learning location

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