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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 15–month 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.

You then will have a 5 month contract of Apprenticeship; A paid position 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 any 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.

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.

Active Outdoor Pursuits

Active Outdoor Pursuits is an outdoor adventure company who provide training, courses and events across Scotland, in Spain and USA. We are based at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre, in the Cairngorms National Park Scotland as well as in the Great Glen and Ayrshire.

Our clients include, and are not limited to; Tourists, schools (primary & secondary) from multi activity weeks to the full Duke of Edinburgh programme, youth groups & community organisations, adventure activity days and multi day trips, Scotland-wide expeditions, business & corporate groups, Instructor Training Courses and Personal & Team Development Courses.

At Active we believe in giving all our clients real and authentic outdoor adventures, that the full value and benefits can only be gained, experienced and appreciated by participation in genuine outdoor environments, wild and remote places.

The activity must be delivered by people who are truly passionate about the outdoors, their career and always strive to give every client the best possible experience.

What do we expect from you?

We ask for you to work diligently for the company in all aspects of our operations, to look after our clients whether that be on activities or at the centre. This includes supporting or providing activities, maintaining our centre, buses and equipment, driving, cleaning duties, catering & kitchen assistance, bookings & office support.

We expect you turn up to work ready, energised and willing to always deliver your best whatever duties are allocated to you that day.

You must remain open to feedback, willing to learn and embrace our “Active buddying” system; use your time off to train, mentor, practise, study and support from and with your colleagues.

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Can I Apply?

Application prerequisites:

  • 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 purchase a highly discounted Staff clothing (PPE) 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
  • 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.

What Qualifications Can I Obtain

Outcomes are unique and depend on individual starting points, natural ability, opportunities arising/taken and commitment!

Our aim is to develop you in your career on the job as an outdoor instructor. You will attain valuable coaching and leadership experience, log group sessions and develop your skills to prepare you for the formal training and assessment elements as outlined in your Personal Development Plan.

This involves the NGB courses listed below. Note; this list is not a tick list for everyone’s personal goals as everyone has different starting points, learning styles and specific areas of interest, ambitions and talent. Indeed, some qualifications require you to be able to demonstrate at least a year in the sport or between training and assessment.

Please see this list as more of a “flavour” of potential outcomes as achieving qualifications can never be guaranteed! We can provide the opportunities, environment, support and courses but success is dependent on your commitment, it is your responsibility to use your time off to practice and consolidate your learning, complete your log books, study and be proactive in gaining group, coaching and leadership as well as developing your skills.

• Summer Mountain Leader Training / Assessment
• Rock Climbing Instructor Training / Assessment
• BC paddlesports, performance, leadership & coaching qualifications as appropriate.
• SRA Raft Guide L 1, 2, or 3
• Canyon/Gorge Guide Training (in-house)
• Expeditions on Foot, Bike, Canoe and Sea Kayak.
• DofE Supervisor / Assessor
• John Muir Award facilitator

How To Apply

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Due to the high volume of applications we ask that you direct any questions to the above email and we will get back to you directly.

Applications Open – December 2020
Application Deadline – 15th February 2021
Interviews – Feb/March date TBC
Start date – 5th April 2021

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