Work for the Outdoors People

We are currently recruiting freelance instructors for two roles in 2019. As always, we are very keen to recruit people who identify themselves as being from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in Adventure Education.

Freelance Camp Instructor

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

See below for more information and rates of pay.

Seasonal Freelance Camp Instructor

Contracted on a freelance basis for an approximately 7 week block from the 1st of June to the 19th of July, 2019. This role involves working on our 24 camps that are run throughout England on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Thursdays and Fridays, a half day of stores work in York on Wednesdays, and being on-call on alternative weekends for helping dry equipment if required (this only happened once in 2018).

See below for more information and rates of pay.

For both roles, you must be available to attend our Selection and Training day in the Peak District on Friday the 30th of November, 2018. 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 22nd of November 2018

Selection and Training Day

Friday the 30th of November, 2018


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We are recruiting Freelance Camp Instructors for the coming 2019 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 2019. 

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.

Essential

  • 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.

Desirable

  • 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.

Rates

  • Probationary Camp Instructors:

    • Probational periods generally last 1 to 7 camps depending on experience. 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, and benefits described below.

  • Camp Instructors:

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

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

  • 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.

Benefits

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.

Discounts

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 both:

  • Email us with a short covering letter and CV

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


Seasonal Freelance Camp Instructor


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


Closing date

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Selection and Training Day

Friday the 30th of November, 2019



We are recruiting one person to work as a contracted Camp Instructor for an approximately 7 week block from the 1st of June to the 19th of July, 2019. This is a self employed position to reduce administrative burdens on you and us but all benefits (sick pay, etc) exceed those that an employee would be entitled to.

This role is a combination of the position described above and the additional duties and benefits described below.

WHEN

7 weeks in June and July, 2019

WHERE

You must be able to travel to York on Wednesdays as well as alternative weekends if called in. Our storage site is very close to the train station (approx 1 km).

RATES

£400 per week (approximately £20,800 per annum) plus our standard mileage and allowances:

  • Mileage 45p per mile minus the first 100 miles, approximate average £55 in 2018.

  • 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.

BENEFITS

  • Access to the staff training budget as described above.

  • Discounts from our suppliers.

  • Paid sickness, paternity, maternity, and emergency leave.

  • Support with private medical care in instances with the NHS is overstretched.

  • 3% pension contribution.

  • Payment-in-lieu of holiday allowance.

  • Uniform and PPE.

HOURS

Two camps per week, Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Friday - usually our 24 hour Classic Camps but camps may be longer or shorter depending on the booking.

Stores work on Wednesdays - this will usually be a half day unless the tents need to be dried.

On-call on alternative weekends. This is to assist the Company Director in drying tents and other equipment if required and you would generally have advance notice if this was expected. In 2019, we dried tents once and in 2018 we dried tents three times so this is not a regular occurrence and is less likely during the June to July period.

RESPONSIBLE FOR

Assisting in the maintenance, packing, restocking and transport of camp equipment.

Delivering safe outdoor activities as programmed, with defined learning outcomes.

Essential

  • Current UK Driving Licence

  • Able to attend our Selection and Training day

  • Be physically fit. You will be moving the equipment we use for our camps around the storage unit and loading and unloading vans

  • A detail orientated mindset

  • General skill and experience with practical tasks

Desirable

  • Competence with simple hand tools

  • Competence with basic wood working tasks

  • Competence with simple knots

  • Experience with bushcraft equipment and tools

MOONLIGHTING

You are very welcome to take work with other companies, including our competitors, on days and times where you are not working for us so long as it does not affect your work with us. We are very happy to move an on-call weekend to allow you to accept work elsewhere.

Job Description

Click here for more information on our camps generally

Click here to download the Seasonal Camp Instructor Job Description

Click here to download the Pay Hours and Benefits Document

Click here to download the Freelance Camp Instructor Job Description

Click here for our Equal Opportunities Policy

How to apply

You must both:

  • Email us with a short covering letter and CV

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