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Senior Outdoor Instructor

  • Job Location

    Beenham, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 5PP

  • Start date

    Immediate start

  • Duration

    Full-time, permanent contract

  • Job Benefits

    £25,000 – £32,000 /yr dependent on experience and qualifications




Description

Outdoor Academy has established itself as one of the leading outdoor providers for special education. Since 2007 our land and water programmes continue to engage and provide essential support packages for vulnerable young people.

The team have worked throughout the pandemic and we continue to expand. We now have two exciting positions available for Senior Outdoor Instructors with an immediate start. This position will suit someone who likes variation as no day is ever the same…it’s all about the mini adventure!

The ideal candidate will be confident in leading off-site group and one to one programmes, have a proven track record of working with young people with challenging behaviours, experience in leading an instructor team and have confidence working with both young people and adults.

This is an exciting time for the Company with many future projects underway, we are confident that the right person will enjoy working with our dynamic team.

Alongside our outdoor specialist alternative education, we deliver multi-activity programmes, DofE expeditions, event entertainment and corporate activity days.
 
Main Responsibilities and Duties

  • Plan, deliver and review suitable outdoor activity sessions for groups and individuals.
  • Be confident in facilitating and  taking a lead role with a team of Outdoor Instructors.
  • Coordinate session logistics including student transport using company vehicles.
  • Plan and prepare suitable educational material for all needs and abilities.
  • Support young people to achieve personal goals, accreditations and record data using our internal reporting system.
  • Ensure all activities conform within current operating procedures and risk assessments whilst keeping the delivery fun, relaxed and engaging.
  • Effective incident management including student emotional and behaviour support.
  • Take a lead role to ensure all health and safety practices are conducted regarding building, equipment and vehicles.
  • Keep current and up to date with relevant NGB qualifications and assist with staff in-house training.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum two years’ experience working with young people in special education
  • British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader (or equivalent)
  • BSUPA Level 1 or British Canoeing SUP Inland Sheltered Water Coach
  • Climbing Wall Instructor
  • ArcheryGB Instructor
  • Mountain Bike Instructor Technical Environment
  • Basic/Lowland Expedition Leader
  • Experience in wilderness activities
  • Full UK Driving Licence – minimum two years driving experience with minibus and trailer
  • 16 Hour Outdoor First Aid

As well as the above, the candidate should hold at least two of the following qualifications:

  • British Canoeing Coach Award (or BCU/UKCC Level 3)
  • British Canoeing Moderate Leader White Water Award
  • BSUPA Level 2 or British Canoeing SUP Moderate Environment Award
  • Rock Climbing Instructor
  • Summer Mountain Leader

COVID-19 Interview Process

We are making every effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and students. Shortlisted candidates:

  • Telephone Conversation
  • Online video interview (Microsoft Teams or Zoom)
  • Face to Face interview
  • Two practical days
  • Successful candidates will start on a six month probationary period.

Successful candidates require:

  • Minimum of two references including last employment
  • Proof of identity and qualifications
  • Permanent UK National Insurance Number, UK residential address and UK bank account
  • Candidates with a non-EU passport must be able to prove that they have the right to work in the UK

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to necessary background checks and enhanced DBS check.


Requirements

  • Minimum of two references including last employment
  • Proof of identity and qualifications
  • Permanent UK National Insurance Number, UK residential address and UK bank account
  • Candidates with a non-EU passport must be able to prove that they have the right to work in the UK

Essential qualifications:

  • British Canoeing Coach Award (or BCU/UKCC Level 3)
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding Level 1 - BSUPA or British Canoeing
  • Climbing Wall Instructor
  • ArcheryGB Instructor
  • Basic/Lowland Expedition Leader
  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • 16 Hour Outdoor First Aid

As well as the above, the candidate should hold at least two of the following qualifications:

  • Rock Climbing Instructor
  • British Canoeing Moderate Leader Awards
  • Summer Mountain Leader
  • Mountain Bike Instructor
  • Mountain Boarding Level 2 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Successful candidates will be subject to necessary background checks and enhanced DBS check.

Closing date: Friday 27th March 2020

About us

We are a leading outdoor education specialist in Berkshire.  We are committed to providing positive experiences for young people to learn, realise their potential and create lasting memories. We understand the importance of learning outside the

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