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About the organisation

City of London Open Spaces

The City of London manages almost 4,500 hectares of natural open space for public recreation and health. Our green spaces, most of which are charitable trusts, are run at little cost to the communities that they serve. Our spaces in and beyond the City of London have over 23 million visits each year.

Could you inspire young people to learn through nature?

Our Wild Schools project enables children to explore the curriculum in the beautiful outdoor setting of West Ham Park which maximises their learning experience.

Our volunteers guide and support groups of children with learning activities.

Sessions take place all-year’round during term-time on weekdays and last approximately 3 hours.

If you like the sound of the role and want to develop your teaching and interpersonal skills simply get in touch. We’ll ask you a bit more about what you want to gain from the role and what you can bring and we’ll take it from there!

We’re looking for someone who enjoys working with children aged between 5 -11, understands that learners have differing needs and supports individuals sensitively. You’ll relish taking part in hands-on practical tasks outdoors which bring learning to life and won’t be put off by bad weather!

You’ll meet new people, explore familiar places from behind the scenes, and get involved in caring for our green spaces.

We provide opportunities to socialise, celebrate and say thank you for your contribution.

And, you’ll be outdoors getting close to nature, which is good for your health and wellbeing.

Role Aim: 

The purpose of this role is to support the Wild Schools Schools Officer prepare and deliver inspiring outdoor learning sessions at West Ham Park for local primary schools.


You’ll be maximising the positive experience of visiting primary school children and teachers, by supporting individuals and small groups of students in learning activities outdoors, helping to set up and pack away resources and creating resources to help teachers and children learn outdoors.

Skills needed: 

We are looking for someone who:

* Enjoys working with children aged between 5 -11

* Understands that learners have differing needs and supports individuals sensitively

* Is comfortable being outdoors and is not put off by the weather

* Relishes hands-on practical tasks outdoors which bring learning to life (e.g. pond dipping, testing soil PH, orienteering with maps)

* Is keen to learn new teaching skills or develop existing ones

* Appreciates working within a small team and sharing ideas


Safeguarding training

West Ham Park, Upton Lane, Newham, E7 9PU
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Schools making bookings on a rolling basis and volunteers are informed of these dates and asked to attend when they can. There will usually be at least one session per week to support.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here