Instructor Role Loch Eil

Instructors and senior instructors

Instructors and senior instructors

Location: Loch Eil, Fort William, Scottish Highlands
Salary: £26,618- £36,085 plus benefits (starting salary is dependent on qualifications and experience).
Contract: Full time, permanent.
Applications in by: 09:00, Friday, 10 May 2024.
Interview: Thursday, 16 May 2024.
Start date: June/July 2024.


Outward Bound courses take young people on a journey of self-discovery. These experiences are often life changing - and you'll play an enormous part in this. You'll take them on amazing adventures on our hills, seas and rivers - helping them to learn just what they're capable of in life.

We are looking for instructors who have a real passion for the outdoors and an enthusiasm to help young people. Does this sound like you?

What you'll need...

There are two important parts to being an instructor at Outward Bound. As you’ll be responsible for guiding young people through outdoor adventures, you’ll need some specific qualifications and experience so we know you can do this safely. We’ve listed these skills below.

To be an instructor at Outward Bound you will need to have passed (as a minimum) an assessment in two of these three NGB qualifications and completed training in the other:

  1. Summer Mountain Leader Award
  2. Rock Climbing Instructor
  3. BC Paddlesport Leader Award; or Paddlesport Instructor plus Canoe award; or equivalent previously recognised awards

You'll also need a full driving licence and a valid First Aid Certificate. Take a look at our instructor FAQs for more info.

The second is being passionate about what we do. We want people with the energy and enthusiasm to inspire young people to develop. And a focus on delivering course outcomes. You’ll work with 12 young people from all types of backgrounds on their residential learning journey. You’ll instruct, coach, and listen. Do this well and the learning experiences you deliver on the mountains, lakes, lochs, and seas next to our centres will be intensely powerful, bringing lasting change to the lives of the hundreds of young people you’ll work with.

What you'll get...

  • Stunning work locations, allowing you to explore the mountains, sea and rivers
  • Full time permanent employment in a supportive workplace, enabling you to reach your professional potential
  • Continuous career development, with an individualised training and development package, and dedicated training days. We support you to be the best you can be to reach your professional potential.
  • 24 days holiday (rising by a day every year to 30 days), plus public holidays
  • Employee benefits including Berghaus uniform, health insurance, life assurance and pension scheme.


  • Annual Leave of 24 days, plus bank holidays. Annual leave increases by 1 day per year to a maximum of 30 days, plus bank holidays.
  • Life Assurance: 3 x salary, covered from start date; includes Employee Assistance Helpline.
  • Long-term Disability Insurance: 2/3 salary less state incapacity benefit after 6 months’ absence for up to 5 years, covered from start date
  • Employee assistance programme: with easy access to medical and mental health support. Ranging from instant GPs appointments to physio or counselling services.
  • Personal Accident Insurance while at work or commuting
  • Health Cash Plan with Medicash: on application after completion of probation; taxable benefit
  • Pension Scheme (currently Standard Life): Auto-enrolment of all staff after 3 months service
  • 8 weeks’ sick pay at full salary in any 12 months
  • Berghaus uniform items provided and the opportunity to purchase Berghaus products at discount
  • Staff bursaries: discounted course fees for family members
  • Cycle to work scheme


  • Personal Adventures – Outward Bound has a positive attitude to extended/unpaid leave (forward planning is required)
  • Transfers from one centre to another: once you have worked for one year at a centre you are able to submit a request for a transfer

To Apply

If you think this job is right for you, send us your current CV and an email or letter (no more than two sides of A4 please) letting us know why.

If you’d like to have an informal chat before applying, please contact Laura Macleod:, or call: 01397 772866.

Applications to Kate:

This job is subject to an enhanced disclosure check.

We are keen to develop a more diverse workforce to closely represent the backgrounds of young people we work with. Applications from individuals under-represented in the outdoor sector, including women and minority ethnic backgrounds are particularly welcomed.