“I have always understood the value of nature and being outside as it was ‘second nature’ to me. I can therefore passionately relate to everything I do as part of my role.”
When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?
I started with the organisation on 1st April 2014. I have to say I was half convinced before I arrived that my new dream role was actually some elaborate April fools’ hoax!
As Training Manager it is my role to develop and coordinate LtL’s face to face training offer for outdoor learning professionals and educational settings across the UK. From a ‘Taking Learning Outdoors’ staff twilight course to a ‘Whole School Approach to Learning for Sustainability through Outdoor Learning’ long-term course there is something for everyone. When I’m not on the road promoting or delivering training myself I do love the days spent in the Scotland office with my fab team and I am definitely in my happy place when I get the opportunity to write shiny new curriculum-linked outdoor learning resources!
The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?
Trainee Nature Conservation Officer – This was my first role following university and it gave me the opportunity to experience many skills required by employees in the conservation sector including habitat surveys, species surveys, habitat creation and environmental education. The more I learned, the more I realised that what I wanted to do was share this knowledge to help inspire others.
My childhood – I have always understood the value of nature and being outside as it was ‘second nature’ to me. I can therefore passionately relate to everything I do as part of my role.
Clare’s LtL Experience
What has been your best day at LtL and why?
To paraphrase Winnie the Pooh: Any day spent with LtL is my favourite day. So, today is my new favourite day. Every day I think how lucky I am to do a job that I love and believe in.
Why a packed lunch?
I’m just happy outside it doesn’t really matter what I’m doing. As long as I’ve got action snacks I’ll try anything once, plus I don’t ever go home with a forgotten brown squashed banana at the bottom of my rucksack.