Senior Instructor

with Craggan Outdoors

newspaper Activity Instructor Watersports Paddlesports Climbing Mountain Bike Management
locationUnited Kingdom, Scotland
start dateFriday 27th December 2019
salary Minimum £19k per annum
accommodation includedAccommodation included
training providedTraining provided

Craggan Outdoors – The Active Heart of the Cairngorms – is based on beautiful Speyside in the Cairngorms National Park, the UK’s largest national park and home to Britain’s highest and most massive mountain range, it’s biggest native forests, wonderfully clean rivers and lochs, as well as being a stronghold and sanctuary for some of Britain’s most iconic wildlife. The world-famous River Spey runs right past the bottom of our golf course.

Senior Instructor

typical day A Typical Day in the Job

Craggan Outdoors was recently recognised as ‘Best Outdoor Adventure Experience’ in the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards 2019, was awarded ‘Best Outdoor & Learning Centre' in the Scottish Enterprise Awards 2018, a TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ member with a 94% rating and has also been a 'Best Outdoor Venue' finalist in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016, '17 & ‘18.

The centre offers a wide range of activities, 60-bed bunkhouse accommodation & a licensed cafe venue, to a wide-ranging client base.

Our current SI will be moving on to pastures new in the spring, after 4 years in the role, & there will be a crossover/handover period to enable familiarisation/training in the position, with a view to ensuring that the new SI will be suitably prepared to play an integral & ongoing role in maintaining the current high level of quality, & customer service excellence.

There will also be a good opportunity for the new SI to bring their own abilities, experience, energy & ideas to benefit the business.

You will be responsible for the training, development, mentoring & monitoring of the instructor team.

If you feel that this looks to be the right opportunity for you, then we’d love to hear from you, owner Keith Ballam can be reached directly on the number provided or by using the enquiry form below.

ideal candidate Who are we looking for?

The expected minimum qualifications level is:
· Summer Mountain Leader
· Trail Cycle Leader / BMBL Level 2
· Level 1 kayak coach / Paddlesport Instructor
· BCU Level 2 canoe coach with moderate water endorsement / Level 3 coach / 4-star Canoe Leader with MWE
· White water safety & rescue
· First Aid, preferably 3 / 4 day
· Full UK driving license, ideally PCV or D1 / D1E

As the SI will be responsible for the training, development, mentoring & monitoring of the instructor team, it is likely that strong candidates will also be able to demonstrate prior experience in a supervisory / training role.

Also desirable will be knowledge of undertaking / formulating, & managing risk assessments & operating procedures.

Over-arching all this ‘technical’ side this will be excellent ‘soft’ skills…..a great personality & attitude, charisma & natural people skills, a strong work ethic, commitment, & a desire to succeed. A flexible approach to the working environment will also be required & expected, as with the majority of roles in the outdoor sector, this is not a 9-to-5 Monday-to-Friday job.

Closing date is Friday 27th December 2019. All applicants must be available to visit Craggan Outdoors for the first interview expected to be at a mutually convenient date in mid-January 2020. Unless there is an outstanding candidate at the first interview, we reserve the right to convene the second stage of interviews in late January / early February. Start date is likely to be in late February, or latest early March 2020

our offer What we can offer you

Initial accommodation is an option, & incremental benefits will be added after successful completion of the 2020 season.

To apply, please forward a comprehensive CV, along with a covering letter that clearly outlines why you feel that you are the right person to take on this critical role. As part of this letter, please include details of your current salary, &/or any expectation that you have if you were to be offered the position at Craggan Outdoors. Salary offered (minimum £19k per annum) & associated employment terms & conditions will be commensurate with the position, & the relative experience & abilities of the successful candidate


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