Instructors and Senior Instructors

Instructors and senior instructors

Instructor / Senior Instructors

Locations: Aberdovey, Wales; Ullswater, Cumbria; Loch Eil, Scotland.
Salary: £23,000 - £31,500 plus benefits (starting salary is dependent on qualifications and experience).
Contract: full or part time by discussion
Applications in by: 9am on 13 September
Interview: Reach the shortlist and you'll be interviewed in person, at centre w/c 27 September.
Start dates: 1 November or 10 January at Aberdovey and Ullswater, 10 January at Loch Eil.

Get ready to inspire young people

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, lochs and rivers - helping them to learn just what they're capable of in life.

We need 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...

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.

What you'll get...
  • Stunning work locations, allowing you to explore the mountains, sea and rivers
  • Full time permanent employment in a supportive work place, enabling you to reach your professional potential
  • Continuous career development, with an individualised training and development package, dedicated training days and an incremental salary scale
  • 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.
Young people at Outward Bound
How to apply

Please send us a copy of your current CV and an email or letter letting us know why this job is right for you. To help you out, we've listed exactly what we need to see in our top tips below.

You've got until 9am on Monday 13 September to apply. Interviews will be held in person at the centre of your choice in the week of 27 September.

Applications to Kate: workforus@outwardbound.org.uk

If we offer you the job, you'll be asked to do a DBS check.

PS - if this looks interesting, but there’s a little voice talking you out of applying, we’ll let you into a little secret: there’s no such thing as a perfect candidate. We’re all on this learning journey together at Outward Bound. However you identify, if you think this is a role you could excel in and more importantly you’d be excited to do – then please get in touch.

Top tips for your application

To make it easier for you to apply - and for us to see why we should employ you... here is what you should include in your application. We ask you to send us your current CV and a covering letter.

In your CV:

  • Clearly list all your outdoor qualifications. You only need to list your highest qualification within a particular activity.
  • Please state all employment since you left school/college. If applicable, include periods when you've not been working, whether by choice or otherwise (eg time out for travelling).
  • References that cover your last two years of employment (we won’t contact your referees until you accept a job with us).

In your covering letter please give details of:

  • Your relevant experience. This can include the range of groups and individuals you've worked with; different environments and any positions of responsibility you've held.
  • Why you're applying. Explain how your experience, qualifications and personal attributes can help Outward Bound and the young people we work with.
  • Key achievements. Things you're proud of; experiences you have of expeditions, travelling, journeying in remote areas etc.
  • And don't forget to tell us what centre you want to work at!
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