VACANCY Forest School Leader

We're looking to recruit a forest school leader to supervise our forest school taster events, birthday parties and undertake work in schools and nurseries.

Our order book has grown but is still pretty variable so flexibility is key. We're after someone with our values that we can trust to professionally lead sessions. Most of our work is at weekends but their are potential opportunities to work in the week.

The initial time in this role will involve shadowing the director to observe and replicate current practice, learn policies and procedures to the point when you can lead a fairy forest school event to the same standard our customers have experienced. This process will be dependant on the candidate and would be great for an experienced forest school leader, a newly qualified leader or even someone currently completing their portfolio to achieve their FS3 qualification.

Our order book is growing as we gain more customers and retain our old ones. Currently the job is available as a 0 hours contract but there may well be scope to extend this to part time or more as our business grows more.

Pay will be determined by experience and qualifications at the time or employment and re-assessed once the candidate is able to step in and assume leadership responsibility for sessions.

Job Profile

Role Title: Forest School Leader

Role and responsibilities

You will be responsible a forest school session – its set up and dismantling, its operation and running, customers and supervision of assisting staff

Supervising set up and packing away requires a significant but manageable amount of lifting and carrying. You will supervise set up and operation of a fire area, tarpaulins, toilet, hammocks and other play equipment or activities.

During the session you will lead interaction with children, parents and members of staff. You will manage groups around the fire and ensure food is cooked safely.

You will ensure sessions comply with policies and procedures, licence agreements and insurance criteria, risk and environmental impact assessments so that Fairy Forest School’s legal duty of care is met.

Experience and qualifications

Experience of working with children - ESSENTIAL

Hold a Forest School Practioner Level 3 (18 credits or 14 credits with suitable CPD evidence) ESSENTIAL

Experience of forest school or outdoor education activities as part of an ongoing continuous personal professional development DESIRABLE

Outdoor paediatric first aid certificate DESIRABLE

Be physically fit/active and able to carry out lifting, transportation, set up and dismantling of equipment. ESSENTIAL

Management or supervisory experience demonstrating leadership of assisting staff ESSENTIAL

Current DBS certification DESIRABLE


Personal Attributes

Outgoing and confident and able to lead

Good communicator and able to use simple language

Friendly and approachable

Able to follow a method of work/risk assessment and other policies

Confident in questioning and challenging unsafe practice

Love of the outdoors in all weathers

Fit and active

Share our core values.

CLOSING DATE:28th Feb 2018

To apply: Send your CV / covering letter(or email) to


If you'd like to arrange visiting an event to discuss and see first hand what's involved with the role please get in touch.