Teaching Trees

Freelance Education Officer (Kent)

Join our team of Education Officers and give young people in Kent their first step on the pathway to a career in Forestry.

Job details


Buckholt Wood, Petham, Canterbury, Kent


£125 per half day plus expenses and training

Hours of work

4 - 6 hours per week, term time only



Closing date

May 25, 2022

RFS Teaching Trees is seeking a well-motivated individual to work on a part time, freelance basis to take part in the pilot of our new Level 1 Forestry in the Community Award. You will be joining a team of Education Officers across England and Wales who deliver over 300 sessions to nearly 10,000 children in an average year.

The successful candidate will recruit a local school to work in partnership with to deliver the Level 1 qualification over the course of 40 hours during the 2022 /2023 academic year. This qualification has been specifically written to provide opportunities for achievement for young people who are not thriving in mainstream, academic pathways and will benefit from alternative routes to achievement. You will deliver the qualification between the school grounds and Buckholt Wood to give the young people an opportunity to see different types of woodland environments.

About the RFS

For 140 years, the RFS has dedicated itself to sharing knowledge on the art and science of woodland management so that the accumulated wisdom and experience of landowners, foresters, arborists and others is transferred from one generation to another. You can find out more about the RFS on our website www.rfs.org.uk.

Essential Characteristics

  • At least 2 years experience of leading Outdoor Learning or Forest School programmes for children and young people.
  • Level 3 Forest School qualification or qualifications in Forestry or Arboriculture
  • Qualified teacher status
  • Experience of working with young people who have found mainstream education challenging
  • Ability to plan and deliver sessions independently
  • Creativity
  • A love of working outdoors in all seasons
  • Understanding of risk assessment procedures and safeguarding
  • Full driving licence and own transport

Desirable Characteristics

  • Someone who lives in the communities they will be working with
  • Current Outdoor First Aid certificate
  • Experience of marketing Outdoor Learning programmes to schools
  • Proficient at using Excel for recording data

For more information please contact learning@rfs.org.uk

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 25 May (midday). Interviews will be held on Thursday 9 June at Buckholt Wood, Canterbury, Kent.

If you have the required skills, this role could be combined with our new Project Officer role.