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WANTED: Biodiversity Mentors for East Midlands,West Midlands and the North West

As one of our regionally-based Biodiversity Mentors you will play an important role helping us to encourage public participation with nature across England. This includes introducing the public to iSpot as well as other aspects of our work such as the OPAL national surveys, the iSpot Keys, the OU course S159 Neighbourhood Nature and other activities.

Mentors play a key role supporting iSpot users by providing face-to-face and structured online support. You are also expected to share your expertise, liaising with users via groups and forums, etc; encouraging users to get involved in surveys and other iSpot / OPAL associated activities; providing advice and feedback or just joining in the discussions online about their observations.

The Biodiversity Mentors are a vital component of the OU’s delivery team and to continue this work we are now seeking to recruit new Mentors for East Midlands, West Midlands and the North West, to join the existing team. If you are interested in acting as a Biodiversity Mentor it is essential that you have a degree, or equivalent, in a science, environmental or related area, be interested in informal learning, public outreach and communications and have experience of engaging the general public in some branch of natural history.

All expressions of interest must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday July 22, 2011 following the procedures outlined on the OU website:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Janice Ansine, Biodiversity Observatory Project Manager via email:

iSpot’ – your place to share nature ( ) is the social networking website encouraging engagement with nature developed as part of the Biodiversity Observatory in the Faculty of Science, The Open University. It is an easily accessible resource to inform and engage anyone interested in wildlife, from the casual viewer of wildlife programmes on TV to the more knowledgeable naturalist. The site was launched in June 2009 and up to the end of June 2011 had over 12,500 registered users.

Biodiversity Mentors and iSpot are two of the six Open University run projects that are part of the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) which is funded by The National Lottery through Big Lottery Fund.