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Residential Support Worker/Outdoor Instructor

  • Job Location

    Carlisle, Penrith, Kirkby Stephen, Maryport & Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

  • Start date


  • Duration


  • Job Benefits

    Up to £27,125 per annum, plus excellent benefits


Are you bored of climbing the same crags and taking clients on the same ‘standard’ adventurers?  Do you have what it takes to spark children and teenagers’ interest to get outdoors?

We are recruiting experienced, qualified outdoor instructors to come and work with our children.  Our role will combine your skills, knowledge and enthusiasm as an instructor, with brand new ones.  We will train you to look after and work with our children, with complex backgrounds in a residential setting.   Not only that, we will fund and support you with the qualifications you’ll need.  This is not just another job, this is a new profession, which will enable you to use your sense of adventure and outdoor experience.

During their placement with A Wilderness Way, which usually consists of a 17-week combined programme of education, care, psychometric assessment, and outdoor development, we aim to make a significant difference to a child’s life.  The positive outcomes achieved for our children is market leading with over 70% achieving some level of permanency either into foster care or back with their families which is remarkable when you consider the start of their journey.  We have designated funding for each child to plan outdoor adventurous activities, working towards being able to demonstrate real progression in their outdoor learning over the period of their placement.  

Your job, along with the wider team around the child, is to show them the world of possibilities.   This is coupled with the care and support our children need on a day to day basis right down to prepare their meals, or if you are lucky, they will be keen to cook for you.  Residential Children’s homes are very regulated environments, which means there is paperwork and record keeping required, with all activities risked assessed. Our services are designed around early intervention and provide assessment placements, with the aim of supporting our children back to their family, or guardianships with a permanency plan.  
You will need to understand the process of encouraging children into engaging with the outdoors, it’s often baby steps ... none of us started with full days out on the mountains from day one!  We need to spark that interest and take it step by step.  Patience and tenacity are going to be essential here.


We are looking for people with qualifications in: 

  • Paddlesports
  • Mountain leader – Lowland, Summer, or winter
  • Mountain bike leader
  • Climbing, indoor and outdoor
  • Ghyll scrambling and canyoneering


Our salary is made up of a basic of £22,916- £23,525 (£11.29 - £11.60 per hour) - £30 per night for sleep ins, of which you’ll average about 10 per month. 

Flexibility is vital - working early, late and nights (including sleep ins), with block shift patterns on a rota basis, averaging 39 hours a week. We don’t have rolling rota patterns and have fixed teams around each child, so you’ll be able to have flexible rota patterns that suit your needs in as much as the children have the right support around them.  Effectively you only work 10-11 days a month and receive a full-time wage.  This means you will also enjoy blocks of time off too to enjoy your own exploration of the outdoors!

All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure as an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer following the safer recruitment process.

About us

At ‘A Wilderness Way’ we are committed to providing creative child centred care packages for children and young people who are looked after. We believe that every child has equal rights to the highest quality child care. We provide each young

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