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Education Officer

Accountable to:





The Education Manager

Flexible between 30 and 37 hours per week

The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch, Burntisland, UK

24,000 pro rata (term time only)

The Ecology Centre offers a pension scheme.

About the Role

The Ecology Centre’s Education programme is well established and respected. It includes delivery of outdoor and environmental education at The Ecology Centre site and throughout Fife; Climate Change education; Forest School sessions; Forest and Outdoor Leadership Awards (FOLA); supported volunteering; nature nurture sessions; outdoor play projects and CPD sessions. We deliver to a wide range of school and community groups from pre-school age to teenagers and adults.

Normal working days will be between Mondays and Fridays, with some occasional evening and weekend work required under The Ecology Centre’s Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) system.

This role is currently term-time only with the possibility of overtime through the school holidays where needed.

To apply for this post, please complete the application form. CV and covering letters will not be accepted. The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th June at midnight.

Interviews will be held on Monday 12th June at The Ecology Centre. You may also be invited back to deliver a practical session with a group of young people on Wednesday the 14th of June. If this is likely to be an issue please let us know when applying.  

Key Responsibilities

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Education Officer

Job Description
Salary: £24,000 pro rata.
Hours: Flexible, between 30 to 37 hours per week


Job Purpose

·       To develop, plan and organise outdoor learning experiences.

·       To deliver inspirational, inclusive education sessions.

·       To carry out relevant administration tasks.

·       To monitor and evaluate the work carried out.


Major Tasks

·       Development, planning and organisation                    20%         

·       Environmental Education preparation and provision     70%

·       Administration                                                               5%

·       Monitoring and recording                                              5%


Job Activities


Development and planning

Working alongside the Education Manager to develop inspirational, progressive and engaging outdoor learning experiences. Working in partnership with schools and community groups.


Environmental education preparation and provision

Providing environmental education to groups and individuals at The Ecology Centre and in various locations around Fife. Working inclusively with children from nursery to secondary age including those with additional support needs. Being prepared to deliver person-centred sessions and meeting the needs of the group.  Delivering and assessing FOLA level 2 and 4 and preparing for internal verification.  Responsible for health & safety of participants and carrying out risk assessments.  Liaising with customers and the general public.



Updating records.  Corresponding with interested organisations and schools when necessary.  Attending internal and external meetings.


Monitoring and recording

Collecting and evaluating feedback from participants, gathering and collating evidence for FOLA qualifications, contributing to funding applications and reports where necessary.  


Supervision Received

Supervised by the Education Manager.


Special Conditions

Working in adverse weather conditions.  Working occasional weekends and evenings. Working with children, young people and adults with support needs.

Personal Qualities

Please see the attached document for full Person Specification

How to apply:

Please email your completed application form to by the closing date - Sunday 4th June at midnight.

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