Work for the Outdoors People

We are currently recruiting Freelance Camp Instructors for our upcoming 2020 camps.

This role involves working on our 24 hour camps that are run throughout England.

See below for more information and rates of pay.

you must be available to attend our Selection and Training day in the Peak District on Friday the 1st of November, 2019. If you cannot attend the Selection and Training day, then we advise following us on Facebook or Twitter so that you can be kept informed about our future employment opportunities.

Freelance Camp Instructor

Nationwide, with a concentration up and down the A1/M1 corridor

A selection of our camp locations

A selection of our camp locations

Closing date

Thursday, 24th of October 2019

Selection and Training Day

Friday the 1st of November, 2019

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We are recruiting Freelance Camp Instructors for the coming 2020 season.

Most of our camps are on Monday to Tuesday, or Thursday to Friday in May, June, July and September. You certainly don't need to be available every week, but we suggest only applying if you think you might be able to work some of those days for us in 2020. 

Due to our unusual venues, we are uniquely suited to supporting instructors with disabilities or who are recovering from injury or illness, please get in touch if this might describe you.

We value all levels of experience in our staff team and we are much more interested in your approach and attitude as a professional and fun instructor, than we are in your technical knowledge.


  • Able to attend our Selection and Training day

  • Comfortable working with large groups of primary school children (activity ratios are 1:15)

  • Maintain a fun learning atmosphere on sessions

  • Work to pre-defined learning outcomes

  • Arrive on time and ready to work

  • Be able to travel. We lift-share where possible but will often need our instructors to make their way to trunk routes to keep journey times reasonable.

  • A current DBS (CRB) check. We can provide one at a discount through an umbrella organisation if required.


  • Experience of taking part in, or delivering bushcraft activities

  • Experience working with primary school children

  • 16 hour first aid

  • Have your own transport with work-use insurance

Most of our camps are advertised as “24 hours.” However, instructors are not on call or working overnight making the effective working time on a 24 hour camp one long-day and one short-day with a little time at the beginning and end of the camp for set up and take down.


  • Probationary Camp Instructors:

    • Probational periods generally last 1 to 7 camps depending on experience. If successful in your application, we will let you know how long we expect your probationary period to last. Please see the job description for more information.

    • For our 24 hour Classic Camp £150 or a day rate of £100.

    • Plus the mileage, allowances described below.

    • Plus the benefits described below.

    • You are not on-call or working overnight

  • Camp Instructors:

    • For our 24 hour Classic Camp £165 or a day rate of £115.

    • Plus the mileage, allowances, and benefits described below.

    • You are not on-call or working overnight

  • Mileage and Allowances:

    • Mileage 45p per mile minus the first 100 miles, approximate average of £55

    • For longer journeys, we provide a meals or coffee breaks allowance

    • For jobs which would otherwise require early starts or late finishes, we provide a hotel room that isn’t usually shared, or a campsite for instructors who prefer to stay in their vans.


Staff Training Budget

We have an annual staff training budget that is divided amongst all staff who apply for it based on how many camps they work for us. This budget is to allow our team to develop their bushcraft skills and qualifications by undertaking NCFE accredited courses with Survival School or to give less experienced instructors the option to “shadow” instructors or members of our management team at one third pay.

Staff Hardship Fund

We maintain a fixed pot of money which we use to help support our staff team.

If you cancel work with us on the grounds of the physical or mental health of you or a dependant, we will attempt to pay you one third of the base income you would have expected to receive for that contract.

Where possible, we will also help with the costs of private mental health care, physical therapy, or other therapies in instances where the NHS is overstretched. This is regardless of whether the injury was received “on the job,” or is affecting your work with us and is in addition to our obligations as an employer to provide a safe working environment.

Because we are a small company and this is not a normal feature of freelance work, the Staff Hardship Fund is a fixed pot of money each year. Once the fund is exhausted, we will not be able to make any further payments.


We have a number of discounts which we make available to our team, including with Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Soul Pad tents, and DD Hammocks.

Job Description

Click here for more information on our camps generally

Click here to download the Freelance Camp Instructor Job Description

Click here for our Equal Opportunities Policy

How to apply

You must do both of the following:

  • Email us with a short covering letter and CV

  • And complete our very short Application Form (Google Forms, opens in a new window)