Outdoor Education Instructor

Location Windermere
Discipline: Leisure and Fitness
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Salary: £29,385.19
Contact name: John Cresswell

Job ref: 181707

Outdoor Education Instructor

Ghyll Head is a 94 bed centre set in 17 acres of land at the edge of Lake Windermere, it offers schools, community groups and families the opportunity to use the facilities for both residential and day visits. Our team discuss learning objectives and plan a programme suited to each groups’ and individual needs to give the opportunity to link outdoor experiences to key stage learning and pupil development to enrich the curriculum.

We work with a very diverse client group and offer fully accessible courses, allowing barrier free schools/groups an exciting and valuable learning experience.


You will have Experience/Qualifications/Training

*         A minimum of three years experience as a full time outdoor education instructor


You will hold all of the following qualifications:

*         Mountain Leader Award (Summer)

*         Paddle sport coaching award, BCU L2, UKCC Level 2 UKCC Open water endorsement or equivalent

*         Rock Climbing Instructor/SPA

*         Powerboat Level 2

*         Current 16 hour first aid certificate

*         Driving licence that permits the driving of minibuses

*         Good time management skills

*         Excellent written and oral communication skills



*         Dinghy Instructor

*         Local Cave Leader Level 1

*         Stand Up Paddleboard Open Water leader

*         Safety boat certificate


What we will offer you:-

*         Salary £29,385

         Holidays 30 days per annum working to a rota. On average one weekend per month*

*         Local government pension scheme

*         Ongoing continued professional development

*         Excellent  support and training

*         Opportunity to join a hardworking and experienced team

*         Lunches provided


Main role:-

To deliver programmes that motivate and challenge young people, enabling them to experience success, both as individuals and as part of a team, thereby raising self esteem and personal confidence.

To deliver programmes that will enable Year 5 and 6 pupils to gain a practical understanding of specific elements of the National Curriculum.

At Key stages 3 & 4 deliver programmes that contribute to the acquisition of Key skills (Communication, Problem solving, Team working).

To take responsibility, within the organisation of the centre, for specific areas of work or activities by negotiation with the Heads of Centre.

To take part in the staff development programme of the Centre.

To publicise and promote the work of the centre, wherever possible



*         An awareness of recent developments in education and their relationship to environmental and outdoor education issues.

*         Skills in a wide range of outdoor activities and experience of leading novice groups in canoeing, caving, rock climbing, orienteering and mountain walking with a higher level of personal skill and expertise in specific activities.

*         A thorough knowledge of the countryside environment and related issues.

*         Ability to make and sustain effective relationships with young people and adults.

*         Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

*         Ability to take on responsibility and act as course director when required.

*         Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.


Work related circumstances

*         A willingness to take on responsibility and promote the further development of the Centre.

*         A willingness to participate in weekend working – approximately one weekend in three.

*         A willingness to be on duty one evening per week and on call overnight

*         A willingness to adhere to the Centres ‘no smoking’ policy.

*         Willingness to consent to and apply for an Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau disclosure check.

*         To have full regard for safety and good practice in all aspects of the Centre’s activities and adhere to the working procedures.

*         Carry out the duties of the post in such a way as to promote the GLL’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

*         Where the post holder is disabled, every effort will be made to supply all necessary aids, adaptations or equipment to allow them to carry out all the duties of the job.  If however, a certain task proves to be unachievable, job redesign will be fully considered.


As a charitable social enterprise owned by its staff GLL has a great range of benefits for its employees:

*          A Values driven organisation

*          Learning & development to support career development

*          Good Pension schemes

*          Discounted gym membership for you and your partner.

*          A full time permanent position

*          Industry leading rates of pay

*          Opportunity to join the GLL Society and have a say in how we are run plus associated social events

*          Exclusive discounts on our villas in Portugal

*          Exclusive discounts on our Ski chalets in Bulgaria

*          Health assurance

*          Career pathways, professional development are just the start. To ensure you stay at the top of your game, we provide training with practical and theory elements too.

*          Discounts across thousands of retailers (GLL Extras)

*          25% off Red Letter Days

*          25% off Buy A Gift

*          20% off GLL spa experience treatments and associated products.

*          Ride to work scheme

*          Free eye tests and discounted glasses


About GLL:

As the UK’s largest leisure operator and charitable social enterprise, we offer a range of careers for everyone in our local communities. We manage over 400 facilities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including public sport and leisure centres, elite sporting venues, libraries and children’s centres.

Our people are from the communities we serve and help us make real changes in their local area.

One of our core values is ‘More than a Job’, because working with us opens up a wide range of possibilities and opportunities for you, starting with how you work with us. To make sure we’re having a positive impact on our people, we also offer some flexible and part-time working options so you can make sure your new job works for you. Subject to vacancies, whether you are after a contractual commitment and a regular work schedule or the freedom of flexible hours, you may be able to choose an arrangement that works best for you and play your part in improving the health and wellbeing of your community.


We offer two different types of work arrangements:

*              A permanent employment contract - part time and full time

*              A flexible worker engagement by joining our flexible worker pool


If you are looking for a regular number of hours that you can work, and are flexible to meet the needs of a 7 day a week service, then a full-time or part-time permanent contract might be the right choice for you.

So whether your ambitions lie in sport and leisure, events & catering, health & beauty, corporate support or working with children, you’ll be able to find your ideal new job at GLL.


Passionate about seeing our communities thrive, we invest back into our facilities, projects and people and are Investors in People Silver Award employer.


However you choose to work with us, you can be sure that you will be a valued member of our team, working with great colleagues, and making a real difference to people’s lives.


We are an inclusive employer. We seek and welcome diversity in our teams.


All pay rates are subject to skills, experience, qualifications and location.