At Green Light Trust we use the power of nature to support people of all ages who face challenges in their lives. This could be in relation to difficulties engaging with their school, behavioural challenges, mental health and well being, drug and alcohol dependency, loneliness, domestic abuse or additional learning needs.

Our work quite literally changes lives and is at the cutting edge of person-centred care. Bold statement, but it is true. We work with people long enough for them to develop beyond our support, building resilience, confidence, and self-esteem.

If you come from a youth work, teaching, outdoor education, conservation or well being/mental health background this could be the role for you. If you don’t, but have other relevant experience and a passion for helping people we would like to hear from you.


The main purpose of this role is to support individuals experiencing difficulties in their lives to address the challenges they face and to do this using the natural environment as a setting and a resource. You will be working with vulnerable adults, children and young people, either in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. You will work with participants to achieve person-centred appropriate goals and liaise with your colleagues and partner organisations as part of their progression. You will need to be patient, positive, culturally smart and able to motivate and encourage. You will be working as part of a wider delivery team and there will be variety in the role, due to the number of different groups and participants we work with. You will be expected to assist lead tutors to deliver group sessions.

This is a physically active role within an outdoor setting all year round.

Person Specification:


We are looking for someone with the following knowledge, skills and experience:


Essential Experience and Knowledge

  • Experience of working with groups of marginalised and vulnerable adults and young people
  • Experience of supporting groups in an outdoor or educational setting
  • Working with people with additional or/and special educational needs
  • Working with people who exhibit challenging behaviours
  • Maintaining good relationships with partner organisations and the wider community


Essential Skills

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to adapt your approach and style
  • Creative thinker, with proven problem-solving skills
  • Strong team player
  • Proven general ICT skills



  • Supporting person-centred learning and personal development programmes for groups and individuals
  • Practical experience within the natural environment (e.g. conservation, woodland management, bushcraft, green woodworking or outdoor education)
  • A working knowledge of Forest School delivery
  • A teaching qualification (PTTLS, CTTLLS, DTTLLS or higher)
  • Health and Safety/First Aid trained
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Experience of compiling information and reports
  • Mental health awareness





As part of this role you will work across all Green Light Trust programmes including Adult Mental Health, Step-By-Step (SEND), Natural Alternative (children and young people) and EHCP (bespoke educational provision for 16-25 yr old’s).



  • Ability to focus on positive qualities to enhance individuals self worth
  • Ability to inspire personal development and confidence
  • Ability to help and inspire individuals to set themselves challenges
  • Be confident, charismatic and communicative
  • Be able to demonstrate respect for all cultures, religions and beliefs
  • Highly motivated and able to work using own initiative
  • Ability to reflect on own practice
  • Culturally competent
  • Ability to work as part of the Delivery Team
  • Organised, systematic and methodical
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible to the needs of the charity
  • Understanding of the importance of observation & recording within a learning environment
  • Adhere to all GLT policies and procedures


Other details


Place of work

Across Suffolk. Your base will be Castan Wood, Martlesham, IP5 3QN but you will need to be flexible and able to travel when required.


Fully Enhanced DBS will be required in the event of a successful application, as you will be in contact with vulnerable adults and children.

Equal opportunities

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer.

Full Terms and Conditions

Will be provided with letter of appointment.

Registered charity number





These posts are open to all, including candidates who are from backgrounds currently underrepresented within green and woodland spaces and we therefore encourage people from minority communities to apply.