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Lead Outdoor Activity Instructor

Lead Outdoor Activity Instructor
at Mersea

The team at Essex Outdoors Mersea are seeking a Lead Instructor to join them in 2023.

Essex Outdoors is a leading provider of outdoor experiences to schools in the East of England and is looking to grow its customer base both within this region and across the country. Our vision is to make the Essex brand recognised as the UK leader in schools’ outdoor residential provision through innovation and customer focus. Essex Outdoors operates within a commercially competitive environment.

The Lead Instructor will support the delivery and development of quality outdoor education and NGB programmes in liaison with the Essex Outdoors Manager. They will also take the lead in health and safety coordination across the activity areas and maintenance of equipment and resources.

The Lead Instructor will also supervise groups of clients on and off-site, organising and running outdoor activities and ensuring compliance with the Centre’s and County Council’s policies and guidelines. They will also participate fully in the residential work of the Centre, contributing to the delivery of a coherent, progressive and well-planned programme of outdoor activities for young people.

Possessing 2 NGB Certifications and the ability to relate to, motivate and encourage young people and adults to participate in the programmes.

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Visit the Working for Essex Website to read more detail and apply online


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  • Lead and assist the management of the effective implementation of the daily outdoor programmes.
  • Lead and assist with the supervision and pastoral care of young people (and adults where necessary) in residence in the centre.
  • Carry out repairs and practical maintenance tasks as required by the Management team to ensure a safe environment.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with the Health and Safety requirements of Essex County Council
  • Lead and assist in the observations of practice process, ensuring the standard and quality of delivery is maintained, recording and collating as appropriate.
  • Develop all work within the framework of equal opportunities as required by the County Council.

To undertake this post, you must be able and willing to:

  • Undertake further professional development.
  • Undertake evening, weekend and residential work.
  • Accompany customers on visits and outings which may include outdoor activities.
  • Travel throughout an operational area is an integral part of the role therefore, a driving licence and use of a car or access to other alternative effective transport arrangements is an advantage.
  • This role involves a significant amount of work outdoors and a lot of activities of a physical nature. The ability to undertake physical aspects of the job is important and the scope for reasonable adjustments under the Disability Discrimination Act will be explored with candidates as part of the recruitment process.
  • Be involved in any other aspect of the Centre’s activities as may reasonably be required by the Management team.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Hold one of the following or be working towards ML, SPA, RYA, BCU level 3 coach RLSS Trainer and to have shown an active interest in attaining these qualifications. Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.
  • Have experience of delivering quality activity programmes.
  • Be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Be able to support the development of specific outdoor programmes in response to assessed educational needs.
  • Be fully committed to outdoor and residential education
  • Be able to relate well to young people and adults with the ability to motivate and encourage.
  • Act as a positive role model to other Instructors and clients
  • Have experience of leading teams, projects and programme development
  • Possess the ability to organise and plan ahead
  • Experience of establishing and maintaining a safe environment for the specific activity.

Apply online today

Visit the Working for Essex Website to read more detail and apply online


 Important Information

Essex Outdoors is part of Essex County Council (ECC). As part of your employment with ECC a DBS check is required and must be registered with the DBS update service.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Interviews are due to take place on 27th March 2023

Job details

Location: Mersea
Salary: Up to £24,159 pa
Contract type: Permanent, full time
Closing date: 19 March 2023