Education teams have varied jobs, helping all visitors learn more about the special qualities of the national parks.
They help to teach visiting school groups, from primary schools learning about the countryside and the national park, to GCSE and A level geography students learning about rivers, glaciation and sustainable tourism. The national parks can also be a source of inspiration for art and literature students creating paintings and poetry.
This teaching can often mean getting out and about in the national park for practical field trips, to work with rangers or for a guided walk to see areas of interest. Education teams also offer teacher training, showing other teachers how to get the most out of a visit to a national park with their students.
Every national park has a visitor centre and education teams often organise children’s events during the school holidays as well as answering questions for general visitors all year round. They also write fact sheets and leaflets for school trips and general visitors, and write pages for the website.
Experience of working with groups of children and young people is very important. Depending on the role a teaching qualification or a degree in an environmental subject could also be required. You should be lively and enthusiastic and have good communication skills, as well as a good level of fitness – keeping up with energetic children can be quite demanding!
You need to be able to come up with your own ideas and work on your own initiative, but also be part of a team that works closely together doing a variety of different jobs.