WAM Youth Outdoors - Youth Worker Vacancies

Job Title: Youth Work Co-ordinator

Department: WAM Outdoors

Type of Contract: 25hrs per week term-time only fixed term 1 Sept 2021-31 August 2022

Optional zero hours contract may also be available to support after school clubs / youth groups/ school holiday sessions.

Salary: £23,400 pro-rata

Main purposes of Role:

  • To assist session leaders in the delivery of a programme of outdoor education for vulnerable and at-risk young people aged 10-18 by supporting students during their sessions to engage in activities and achieve positive outcomes.
  • To support group sessions for children and young people who are home schooled and/or school groups and the opportunity to contribute towards WAM’s school holiday activity session.
  • To work towards fulfilling WAM’s strategic objectives and intended outcomes.
  • To assist the Woodland Manager in their duties outside of educational session provision.

Key tasks:

  • To work alongside the WAM Outdoors Project Manager in providing 1:1 outdoor mentoring-style education.
    • To plan and deliver activities to students being sensitive to the needs and capabilities of the student.
    • Contribute to the effective reporting and evaluation of the student’s progress and participation in the project.
    • To encourage students to engage with the AQA Unit Award Scheme on offer and to manage the provision of the AQA scheme itself.
  • To work alongside the WAM Outdoors Project Manager to deliver group sessions.
    • To encourage positive behaviour and participation.
    • To support or lead activities as required.
  • Contribute to the development of the project and its sustainability.
  • To work alongside the Woodland Manager in any / all aspects of woodland maintenance.
  • To seek to improve practice and professional skills through relevant learning and reflective practice.
  • Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all young people that are accessing WAM Youth’s services, including adherence to policies and procedures, and making appropriate safeguarding interventions as required.

Skills/Experience Required:

  • Previous experience working with young people (ideally vulnerable and/or at-risk young people) in small groups or 1:1 supportive relationships either in a paid or volunteering role is essential and ideally in an outdoor environment.
  • Experience in co-ordinating and planning sessions that positively challenge young people is essential
  • Experience in leading outdoor activities is desirable
  • Awareness of the impact that ACEs and trauma can have on young people and their behaviours and how this can inform youth work practice
  • The post holder must have access to their own transport due to the location of the woodland site.
  • Sympathy with WAM Youth’s vision, mission and values.


Reporting to: Dave Willcox, WAM Outdoors Project Manager.

All staff and volunteers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and safe recruitment process.

Closing Date: Monday 2nd August 5pm.  Applications must be completed on WAM Youth’s Application Form and should be emailed to Dave Willcox, Outdoor Education Project Manager at dave@wamyouth.org.uk

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 11 August 2021.

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