• Senior Outdoor Instructor

    Salary: £25,000 – £32,000 per annum dependent on experience and qualifications

    Location: Beenham, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 5PP

    Hours: 08.00-17.00 Monday to Friday (occasional evenings, overnights and weekends)

    Holiday Entitlement: 28 days per annum including bank holidays.

    Start Date: Immediate start

    Job Type: Full-time, permanent contract

    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 alternative education provision, we deliver to a wide variety of clients through multi-activity programmes, residentials, 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 appropriate 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 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.

    Closing date: Friday 5th March 2021

    Please email your CV and covering letter to [email protected] or call 0118 712 769 for more information.

  • Specialist Outdoor Instructor

    Salary: £21,000 – £24,000 per annum depending on experience and qualifications

    Contract: Full-time, permanent position with a six month probation

    Hours: 08.00-17.00, Monday-Friday

    Holiday Entitlement: 28 days per annum inc. bank holidays

    Start Date: Immediate start

    Location: Reading, Berkshire, RG7 5PP

    Do you consider yourself a cut above the rest? Are you that inspirational outdoor instructor that has a natural ability to inspire young people? Do you have a strong passion for youth development? Are you looking for the next challenge? Are you an all-round legend?

    We are looking for a multi-skilled lead instructor with both land and water based qualifications to join our friendly team. Our adventurous activity programmes are delivered offsite for small groups and intensive one to one sessions. These provide essential outdoor learning for young people with challenging behaviours who attend specialist schools. Every day is literally a mini adventure…

    In addition, we deliver to a wide variety of clients through multi-activity programmes, residentials, DofE expeditions, event entertainment and corporate activity days.  The position will require confidence in leading these sessions.

    Main Responsibilities and Duties

    • To supervise and instruct outdoor activities for groups and individuals.
    • Coordinate session logistics including student transport using company vehicles.
    • Plan, deliver and review suitable outdoor activity sessions.
    • 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.
    • Work alongside the team 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 in-house training.

    Minimum qualifications:

    • 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
    • Basic/Lowland Expedition Leader
    • Experience in wilderness activities
    • Full UK Driving Licence – minimum two years driving experience
    • 16 Hour Outdoor First Aid

    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 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.

    If you hold the desirable list of qualifications and you have extensive experience working in youth development, then you may be interested in a Senior Instructor position with us…please get in touch!

    Closing date: Friday 5th March 2021

    Please email your CV and covering letter to [email protected] or call 0118 9712 769 for more information.

  • Freelancers

    We are always on the hunt for freelancers who have experience in the outdoors, relevant qualifications and above all, a great personality!

    We rely on freelancers to assist our full-time staff team to deliver activity programmes during our busy times of the year.

    If you would like to apply to be a part of our freelance team, please send us a copy of your CV detailing your qualifications and a covering letter to [email protected] or Outdoor Academy, Unit 4C Beenham Grange, Grange Lane, Beenham, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 5PP.

Outdoor Academy is committed to the safeguarding of children, therefore all staff and freelancers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.

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