Pursue a Career as an Outdoor Instructor!
Live, Work and Play with others who share your ambition and drive…while you grow your outdoor career!
Active Outdoor Pursuits Outdoor Instructor Development Programme (IDP) offers you wide ranging opportunities to propel your career. The programme/job will ensure you become a qualified, experienced and knowledgeable outdoor instructor.
Our outdoor instructor development programme (IDP) is a scheme/job designed to support outdoor instructors who are passionate about developing their career further; growing their industry knowledge, coaching and leadership skills and widening their NGB qualifications.
The Instructor Development Program
For over 20 years we have supported 100’s of people to grow their careers as outdoor instructors.
The program is specifically designed for people who already have some NGB qualifications or training courses and wish to expand, consolidate or diversify their skills, qualifications and experience.
We have built a program that breaks down the barriers to allow people to realise their career ambitions as an outdoor instructor: supported development, amazing venues, diverse groups and locations, like minded buddies to play and train with, experience staff to shadow and be mentored by, hands on experience……It’s a tried and tested approach that delivers thinking, dynamic and experienced instructors to the industry sector.
Successful applicants will predominately be based at Cairngorms Adventure Centre, Newtonmore. Self-catering accommodation is provided in the shared facilities at the centre. Meals are provided from time to time when clients are being catered for.
The IDP starts with a 1 month voluntary period which includes comprehensive induction, training and shadowing and assisting instructors in all areas of company operations; wide range of adventure activities at world class venues, expeditions across Scotland, as well as with centre duties (catering cleaning, maintenance, admin).
Over this period, we will be working with you to identify your short and long term development needs and spend time to appraise your performance and clarify agreed outcomes as you work towards your long term career ambitions. We will then formulate a training/assessment schedule for the remainder of your time at Active.
Active’s Instructor Development is a 6 month post with a Nett pay of £605 per month. During this time, you will continue to work as part of the team providing services in every aspect of the company’s business as well as continuing to grow your knowledge, experience and prepare for / attend formal training as per your PDP.
We cannot emphasise how important it is that you dedicate your time off to working with your colleagues to practice and develop personal skills and gain wider experience to ensure you are fully prepared for all courses in advance. Our location here in the centre of the Highlands of Scotland, in the Cairngorms National Park makes this easy, with a host of local rivers, lochs, mountains, crags, ski centres and the sea! An outdoor paradise!
You have an average of 2 days off per week plus 12 days annual leave which is generally taken at the end of the contact as payment on lieu (any days being owed to you or owed by you is balanced in your final wage). Evening and weekend working is normal.
When you finish your contract at the end of September you will continue at the centre to allow you to join assessment or further training courses we have planned for you (in line with your PDP) There may be opportunities for further work with the company during October as well as some time to review and balance out time owed to you or to Active. You can now apply for the Senior IDP post if you have met the required standard.
Over the years many IDP’s have stayed with Active for a further job & employment as outdoor instructors either by joining our Senior IDP or applying for other vacancies in the company.
Can I Apply?
- Passionate about the outdoors and committed to growing their career
- A driving licence which allows them to drive in the UK.
- Must be 21 years of age (by starting date) due to motor insurance requirements
- A first aid certificate (minimum 16 hour course with 6 months until revalidation required)
- Agree to lease a highly discounted Staff clothing package circa (£200).
Either; Minimum of 4 NGB formal training courses or qualifications from the list below.
- Summer Mountain Leader
- Rock Climbing Instructor
- Level 1 Canoe / Kayak instructor
- Sheltered water coach
- Rafting Award
- Mountain Biking
- Ski or Snowsports qualifications
- Canoe Award or 3* Canoe
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding certification
If you do not currently have the prerequisites for this job as an, you may wish to consider one of our outdoor Instructor Training Courses (see our website for more details) These courses will support you to attain the required qualifications.