FAQs

We have pre-set times across the year when we review whether we need to recruit for staff.  We advertise vacancies on our own site and external sites, including promoting the vacancies via various social media platforms.  Interview dates and start dates are stated within the advert.  We have an online application form which is accessible from our own website.  Interviews are held at the appropriate centre.

When shortlisting for interview we look for a mix of both land and water based NGB qualifications, appropriate personal development experience (guiding others to learn and develop), combined with personal experience of outdoor adventure and instigating own personal development. 

We run a 5 – 7 week comprehensive induction programme for all new instructors.

We have a wide variety of roles across The Outward Bound Trust from outdoor instructional, and facilities roles, to office based roles in fundraising, sales and marketing to finance and customer services.

To apply for most roles, we require a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) stating why you're right for this position, together with an up to date CV.

Check the details of the specific job vacancy for more information on how to apply.

Candidates should have passed, as a minimum, an assessment in two of the first three NGB qualifications listed below and completed training in at least one other from the list below and have appropriate personal development experience.

  • Summer Mountain Leader Award
  • Single Pitch Award
  • BCU UKCC Level 1 Coach plus 3* (canoe or kayak), or BCU Level 2 coach (canoe or kayak)
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor or Coastal Skipper Award
  • A clean driving licence (preferably including D1 entitlement) and valid First Aid Certificate are mandatory requirements
  • You must be able to demonstrate a practical ability to safely deliver personal development courses to young people.

The Outward Bound Trust has a progressive 8 point salary scale for Instructors and Senior Instructors. The first 3 points are for Instructor levels which then progress to 5 levels for Senior Instructors. 

Progression up the scale is dependent upon the achievement of both formal qualifications and defined indicators of competence.  As instructors move up the scale The Trust recognises and rewards qualifications in both teaching and facilitation and outdoor skills.  The competencies for each level will be reviewed from time to time and may be changed to reflect the operating needs of The Trust.

Instructors are expected to maintain or increase their qualifications, competence, levels of responsibility and positive influence as they progress up the scales.

Yes, we do offer an instructor graduate trainee scheme. 

This is open to all graduates with an outdoor studies degree (or equivalent), who have a passion for big adventures in the outdoors and are keen to train to help young people develop and make the most of their Outward Bound course.  Our graduate trainee scheme is intensive and a great way to start your career with one of the UK's leading outdoor education providers.

Please register for job alerts to be kept informed of when our next instructor graduate scheme opens for new applications.

At the moment The Outward Bound Trust doesn't offer apprenticeships for outdoor instructors.

If you'd like to join our mailing list so we can let you know if we do start to offer outdoor instructor apprenticeships, then please fill in the form below.



The Outward Bound Associations (OBAs) are groups of local volunteers that help young people access Outward Bound courses from their local area.

The OBAs raise their own funds for local young people, schools, youth groups and youth organisations. They contain many people who have had their own lives shaped by Outward Bound as well as a wide representation from local Schools, Youth Services, Police and many more interested organisations and individuals who just want to help local young people.

Find out more about OBAs at /about-us/our-supporters/obas/.

Volunteering at a Centre

Regrettably, we are unable to assist with requests for voluntary work due to various logistics at the centre in relation to the way we programme our courses, our staff/student ratios, safeguarding, accommodation, etc. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer experience to those looking to add to their Mountain Training or Rock Climbing digital logbook (DLOG).  This is due to the way our programmes are set up and staffed.  We are sorry we can’t help you develop your skills further this way.