Clare Rooney
Project Officer for Scotland

“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.”

About Clare

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!

I can be a bit of a rarity in the Scotland office although I do love the days spent there with my fab team. I am much more frequently to be found training and supporting school staff across Scotland in anything from fire lighting, loose play, making grounds changes to embedding outdoor learning as a whole school approach! I also manage the UK part of the ‘Change the Grounds’ Erasmus partnership project with organisations in Slovakia and Germany. When indoors I am definitely in my happy place writing shiny new curriculum-linked outdoor learning resources.

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?

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Teaching – As a trained Science/primary teacher (still doing occasional supply) I understand my audience.  I can empathise with their difficulties and help them find authentic solutions.

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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.

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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.

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