Post – Instructor of Outdoor Education
Job Description (Summary)
We need a dynamic, highly motivated person with a passion for working in the outdoors to start September or possibly sooner. Salary Range: £16,286 pa to £18,240 pa (dependant on qualifications and experience) plus excellent optional accommodation, meals, benefits and training package worth over £6,000pa.
This is an exciting opportunity to join an established and unique outdoor centre in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The centre runs courses throughout the year for children, young people and adults. It is based in a converted 850 year old medieval priory on the banks of the River Swale.
We run a varied programme; involving caving, canoeing, rock climbing and hill walking so training or assessment in some of the following NGBs would be desirable:
- BCU/UKCC Level 2 Kayak and Canoe Coach/Paddlesport Instructor
- LMCLA Level 1 Cave Leader
- MTA Single Pitch Award/Rock Climbing Instructor/Climbing Wall Instructor
- MTA Summer Mountain Leader
In addition you must also have:
- Current First Aid qualification
- Full clean driving licence (preferably with D1 entitlement)
- D1 training and further NGB training is available for the successful applicant.
You should possess excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic and motivated with a mature outlook and have a sound understanding of the purpose and benefits of Outdoor Education. These personal qualities are just as significant as specific NGB Awards.
Please apply by sending:
- A full CV with details of your education, employment and voluntary experience.
- A letter of application explaining your interest, experience and why you feel you are suitable for the post.
- The names and addresses of two referees (One referee should be your last employer or equivalent)
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by post to:
The Head of Centre
Marrick Priory Outdoor Education and Residential Centre
Tel: 01748 884434
Closing date: Mon 2nd July 2018.
Provisional Interview dates:
Week Commencing: Monday 9th July 2018
NB. Unfortunately, we are only able to contact those applicants who have been short listed for interview. Therefore, if you have not heard anything by 6 weeks after the closing date, then on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.
Job Description (Further Details)
Background to the Centre
Marrick Priory is a Christian Outdoor Education Centre set in the heart of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales. It enjoys a fantastic setting on the banks of the River Swale and has a unique and historic atmosphere. It was founded 850 years ago as a Benedictine Priory but then dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540. In the 1960s the building was converted into an Outdoor Education Centre that has grown and developed over the years.
Marrick Priory is a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee with a strong link to the Diocese of Leeds. There is a pro-active and supportive voluntary management committee who oversee the, ethos, development, staffing and financial management of the centre.
The centre is busy all year round with schools, colleges, churches and youth groups who stay for mid-weeks or weekends. We also run a day activities programme for non-resident groups from the local area. Groups follow a broad programme of outdoor activities with the aim of developing personal skills, self-esteem and teamwork.
A total of 18 full and part-time staff work at the centre. These include: Head of Centre, Two Deputy Heads, 5 Instructors, Housekeeper, Office Administrator, Handyman, Development Officer and 6 part-time Domestic staff.
Work with resident and non-resident groups in and around the Priory, in a caring, considerate and flexible capacity, putting the needs of visiting children and adults first.
Instructing and guiding Outdoor Education programmes to a wide variety of residential and day groups.
Assist with the development and maintenance of Priory facilities and equipment as required.
Assist other members of staff with duties associated with the running of a residential centre.
Qualifications and Experience
Some experience of working with young people in the outdoors is essential.
Personal experience in a broad range of outdoor activities e.g. walking, climbing, watersports, caving, archery, environmental activities, expeditions etc.
Some National Governing Body qualifications or evidence of training in areas such as: SPA/CWA, UKCC Level 2 or Paddlesport Instructor, GNAS, Summer ML, LCMLA Level 1, D of E Supervisor.
Current, full, clean driving license with 2 years driving experience, preferably with D1 entitlement. Current first aid certificate.
There should be a willingness to extend the range of experience and to undertake further training as required.
Excellent interpersonal skills and a mature disposition are key qualities for this post. Applicants must have enthusiasm, empathy and patience to understand and work effectively with children and young people in the outdoor environment. A high standard of personal discipline and professionalism are required. All instructing staff must to be able to work on their own and in a small team. Applicants need to be able to understand and communicate the value and benefits of Outdoor Education and support the Christian ethos of the centre.
Conditions of Service:
The appointment is full time. It is hoped that the post will be made permanent to the right candidate who can demonstrate their abilities and successfully completes their probation period. It is also possible to negotiate a fixed term contract of a good duration for suitable candidates.
Salary and Benefit Package
The salary range is currently £16,286 pa to £18,240 pa (depending on experience and qualifications) Instructors have the opportunity to progress through salary increments as they gain experience and qualifications. Salaries are also reviewed annually in line with inflation. The post holder receives a substantial benefit package worth over £6,000 p.a. This includes:
- Fully furnished separate accommodation.
- Meals provided on working days and days off.
- The Employer meets the cost of council tax, heating, electricity, water, T.V.
- Reasonable use of broadband and computer facilities.
- Loan of Marrick Priory Outdoor equipment.
- Staff discount on equipment purchases.
- There is a tax free deduction of £49 per week if the post holder wishes to take the accommodation. If the post holder may live off site in which case there is no deduction.
Marrick Priory operates the Government Nest Pension scheme and the appointed person would be auto enrolled into this scheme. They have the choice to opt out if they wish.
The Priory assists with the cost of relevant NGB training and assessment courses. These are predominately undertaken within work time. Opportunities are available for the successful applicant to build on existing qualifications and broaden into new areas.
Considerable variations exist in work periods each week due to the differing needs of residential groups and time of year. When groups are resident we run a rota for evening and weekend work. When groups are not resident then working hours are usually Mon-Fri 9-5pm.
Days off and Holidays
Days off are arranged on a rotational basis by agreement with the Head of Centre. For every 5 days worked you will be entitled to 2 days off.
There are 34 paid holidays a year and bank holidays are included in this total. The Priory usually closes for 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week at at Easter and 2 weeks in the summer when there are no residential groups. The remaining 9 days leave allowance may be specified or taken at other times of the year by agreement with the Head of Centre.
The first 6 months will be regarded as a probationary period. The post is subject to satisfactory ongoing medical and DBS record. There will be an ongoing review of the job description.
Please feel free to contact the Priory and speak to the Head of Centre/Deputy Head of Centre if you would like an informal discussion.