Rutland Outdoor Education Centre Person Specification: Forest School Leader

(Essential/ Short-listing Desirable Criteria)


Forest School Level 3 qualification including up to date Outdoor First Aid qualification.
(NB- Forest School Level 2 acceptable if already working towards Level 3) 


Experience of working with groups of children/adults at different stages of development. 

Recent and significant experience in leading Forest School/outdoor education sessions with a range of ages. 

Proven ability to plan and deliver environmental education based activities to a wide age range of ages.

Experience working within a forest school setting 




Skills and Abilities 

Excellent verbal, communication and interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues. 

Ability to work effectively using own initiative as well as within a team. 

Ability to build relationships and promote change. Computer literate for resource making/planning. 

Excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to work with different groups of staff, both internal and external. 

A flexible and proactive work ethic and a positive attitude. 

Skilled and knowledgeable in a range of age-appropriate outdoor activities including games and crafts, and able to share skills in line with good practice, policies and procedures. 







Good understanding of child development. 

Full working knowledge of current statutory and regulatory guidelines related to outdoor learning and education. 

Understanding of Child Protection & Safeguarding. 


Personal Qualities 

Demonstrate a commitment to supporting the ethos of our centre. 

Enjoy working with children and adults from a range of backgrounds and commitment to supporting their physical, social and emotional development through forest-farm school activities. Commitment to continued professional and personal development. 

Professional credibility & commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity. 

Demonstrate a commitment to supervision and reflective practice Punctual and organised (can organise own workload and that of support staff/volunteers).