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SENIOR AND MANAGEMENT ADVENTURE JOBS

orange square While some of the excellent instructor training schemes and BTEC courses do equip you with a fistful of NGB qualifications, if you are thinking about applying for a senior instructor or centre manager role, you will usually be expected to have some experience under your belt. Find out more about senior instructors, chief instructors and centre managers below.


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Activity Manager


Activity Manager
Company: Acorn Adventure
The Activity Manager role is ideal for an experienced senior or chief activity instructor with a proven supervisory background looking to progress in the outdoor industry.

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Adventure Manager


Adventure Manager
Company: In 2 Action
Lead an adventure team and strive for the best outdoor residential centre in the UK. You will be responsible for all aspects of the operation from leading the staff team, liaising with the site regarding meals and accommodation and being the main contract for teachers whilst onsite.




Activities Manager

Activities Manager

You will be responsible for the overall smooth running of the activities offered in resort and delivering our customers’ expectations of outstanding customer service. You will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors.
Activities Manager

Beach Senior

Beach Senior

You will maintain the overall smooth running of the waterfront. As a Beach Senior you will be responsible for providing support to your team of Watersports Instructors, the Activities Supervisor and Activities Manager, occasionally acting in any of these roles in their absence.
Beach Senior

Chief instructor

Chief instructor

The Chief Instructors principal role is to manage the beach and evening activities. Key accountabilities for this role include support of pre-season training and resort preparation, overseeing activity operations & team management, staff timetabling, health & safety, equipment mangement
Chief instructor

Interim Operations Manager

Interim Operations Manager

We are looking for an interim Operations Manager to oversee our Urban Aerial Adventures in London. Starting mid August 2017, this job will run until 02/04/18. Your key responsibilities will be overseeing the safety at our operations and ensuring maximum efficiency. Based in central London.
Interim Operations Manager


Trainee management program

Trainee management program

We are an international outdoor adventure company located in the UK, Central Europe, Australia and Canada. We are currently focused on expanding in Europe and have opportunities at multiple levels. If you are active, love the outdoors, travel we would like to hear from you.
Trainee management program

Multi Activity Instructors France

Multi Activity Instructors France

We are looking for suitable candidates to become multi-activity instructors at our two French activity centres: Le Château du Broutel and Le Château de Warsy, where you will be teaching outdoor pursuits to school groups. No previous experience nor French language required
Multi Activity Instructors France

Flotilla Skipper

Flotilla Skipper

You will have a passion and enthusiasm for all things water based! As an experienced Flotilla Skipper you will not only be in charge of guiding guests from A to B in the safest way possible, but have in-depth knowledge of the Lefkada area, to brief guests on scenic and interesting routes.
Flotilla Skipper

Greece Area Manager

Greece Area Manager

Are you an experienced centre manager, with a background in watersports, activities, yachting or hospitality? This Greece-based, seasonal role is responsible for the direct management of the resort-level managers and their departments, with close involvement with the Yachting and Flotilla Operation.
Greece Area Manager


Full Time Lead Instructor

Full Time Lead Instructor

CRS Adventures are one of the largest Outdoor Education Centres in the South West, situated on the unique and beautiful grounds of the River Dart Country Park on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. We are looking for a suitable candidate to join our ever developing Outdoor Centre.
Full Time Lead Instructor

Head of Centre

Head of Centre

Manor Adventure is a leading residential activity provider offering high-quality educational courses to school groups and families. We are currently looking to recruit a French speaking permanent Head of Centre to manage our new flagship operation in Northern France.
Head of Centre

Assistant Hotel Manager

Assistant Hotel Manager

You will, under the Hotel Managers instruction, be responsible for the day-to-day running of the hotel and its staff exceeding guest’s holiday expectations at all times. You have commercial accountability for budgeting and financial management, planning, organising and directing all hotel servic
Assistant Hotel Manager

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada

If you love nothing more than being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then apply today to join PGL as an Outdoor Activity Instructor at our Little Canada centre on the Isle of Wight.
Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada


JCA Lead Senior Instructor

JCA Lead Senior Instructor

This is an exciting role supporting the Activity Manager in the successful operation of our flagship Centre at Condover Hall, Shropshire. The Lead Senior Instructor plays a significant link between the Senior Activity Team and the day to day overseeing of the Activity Instructors.
JCA Lead Senior Instructor

Senior Watersports Instructor (UKCC Level 2 Required)

Senior Watersports Instructor (UKCC Level 2 Required)

As a Senior Watersports Instructor you will be responsible for supporting the Centre Manager in the day to day running of the centre and in the delivery of the Watersports/ Activity sessions.
Senior Watersports Instructor (UKCC Level 2 Required)

Activities Supervisor

Activities Supervisor

You will assist with the overall smooth running of the activities available in resort. As an Activities Supervisor you will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors, Activities Manager and Child Care staff.
Activities Supervisor

Guest Services Manager

Guest Services Manager

You will be a key part of the Surf Hotel Resort Team. This is a customer-facing role in the Greek resort in Vassiliki. You will be involved in a wide variety of tasks, which will contribute towards a seamless, enjoyable holiday experience for our guests and the smooth running of the hotel and resort
Guest Services Manager


Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

Want to further your career in the Outdoor Industry? We are recruiting Senior Activity Instructors who will be responsible for the delivery of activity sessions to our guests at our centres in the France and Italy.
Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

The Senior Instructors role is to support the Chief Instructor in delivering pre-season training and the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. Leading by example to set the highest professional standards for the resort team.
Senior Instructor

Head Chef

Head Chef

You will oversee and run every aspect of the Hotel Kitchen. Managing a team of chefs (size dependent on property size), you will take responsibility for ensuring the preparation, delivery and service of food within your property.
Head Chef

Village Manager

Village Manager

Customer Focused, Friendly, Energetic Team Members Wanted! As the Village Manager your main responsibility is to ensure that our guests have a smooth and successful trip or holiday whilst on centre, outside of activity sessions.
Village Manager


Activity Manager

Activity Manager

The Activity Manager role is ideal for an experienced senior or chief activity instructor with a proven supervisory background looking to progress in the outdoor industry.
Activity Manager

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Senior Instructors (SI)

Senior Instructors or SIs generally have at least one year of experience in teaching outdoor pursuits, and a qualification such as an entry level UKCC BCU canoe award, Mountain Leader training or assessment, the SPA, or perhaps the Moorland Leader award. It is not unheard of to talk your way into an SI role even if you have little practical experience - as long as you have the qualifications and some great transferable skills, you may be able to convince the employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Most centres will try to recruit from within, so the best way to become an SI is to work for a company as an instructor and get promoted. Sometimes, however, adventure activity centres will find it necessary to recruit their senior or management staff externally and those are the adverts you will find above.

Chief Instructors

Chief Instructors will certinaly need to have experience of teaching outdoor pursuits and are usually required to have something like the ML award, SPA or a UKCC level 2 or higher. As the chief instructor may be called upon to help run the centre, some management experience will certainly boost your chances of getting the job.

Centre Managers

As well as working your way up the ranks as an instructor, you will likely be fully qualified in one of the main activities, whether that is water or land based or both. Your job as an activity centre manager will involve some activity teaching and plenty of staff training. You will be expected to be well versed in the ins and outs of running a centre, including issues such as health and safety, certification and insurance.

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Most useful qualifications?

Most useful qualifications?

People often ask us which NGB qualifications they should be looking at achieving in order to kick start a career in outdoor adventure. To be honest is isn't an easy question to answer because it really depends on what you are planning to do long term. If you are completely new to the industry and looking to get started, you can either build up a few qualifications on your own, or you can try to get employed with a multi activity centre, who will usually offer you some NGBs as part of your training and qualification - this way you will also get some great experience too. Whichever route you decide, this article takes a look at which qualifications are most useful for budding instructors.

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Instructor characteristics

Instructor characteristics

If you want to work outdoors as an activity instructor you need to know the qualities that employers are looking for, and therefore, whether you are going to be suitable for the role. Instructing introduces you to lots of new people, often on a daily basis. You are required to quickly gel so that you can help them get the most from the new skills and experiences that they are there to take part in. That means you need to be a certain kind of person. In this article we look at the characteristics that separate good instructors from the rest, and discuss why these character traits are so important for the role.

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Mountain Instructor awards

Mountain Instructor awards

Following on from our Mountain Leader page we now take a look at the even more serious Mountain Instructor scheme, overseen by Mountain Leader Training UK. The leader awards are great qualifications to have on your CV and very useful when it comes to introducing groups to our upland areas, but for serious climbers and budding mountaineers the MIA and MIC scheme is the next target on the horizon.

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Climbing & Mountaineering Career Guide

Climbing & Mountaineering Career Guide

In the latest of our career guides, we take a detailed look at rock climbing, hill walking and mountaineering. Although it is quite possible to teach climbing without any recognised qualifications, with some aspirational and high quality courses on offer, it is no surprise that if you do want to get anywhere, most companies will insist you take part in the Mountain Training scheme. Whether you stick with the entry level Single Pitch and Climbing Wall awards, or take it all the way to the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate is up to you. This article will tell you all about training courses and the types of jobs they could lead to.

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