Mountain Bike Instructor Jobs & Skills Courses

orange square If you are looking to work as an instructor, you may struggle to find many UK based mountain bike jobs advertised online. They do exist, but word of mouth is usually enough to fill a vacancy. More likely you will have to become self sufficient and drum up your own freelance business. But if you are happy to head abroad, even just for a summer season, your options are much improved. The best places to look and those which come up most frequently, are the United States of America, Canada, and the European Alps.


Multi-role Summer job in the alps

Multi-role Summer job in the alps


Spend this June, July & August working in the French Alps! Peak Adventures (Ski Peak in the winter) are the specialist holiday operator in Vaujany. Operating luxurious catered and self catered chalets. We are a small family run company currently hiring for a multi-role position for the summer
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Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor


Love the great outdoors and have a strong sense of adventure? Want to spend your summer up in the air on camps high ropes, flying through camp on the zipline or working on the climbing tower? Look no further…
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Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor


Love the great outdoors and have a strong sense of adventure? Want to spend your summer up in the air on camps high ropes, flying through camp on the zipline or working on the climbing tower? Look no further…
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Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland


If you enjoy working with children, join our team of international staff in Switzerland for an incredibly rewarding experience in a beautiful mountain resort. You will instruct and assist in a programme of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canyoning and orienteering.
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Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Outdoor Instructor Training Programme


Outdoor Instructor Trainee Programme Share Discovery Village based in Co Fermanagh is offering you the opportunity of a lifetime! Apply to become a highly qualified Outdoor Instructor in Ireland’s most prestigious Outdoor Instructor Training Programme. Training lasts for 12 months.
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Mountain Bike Mechanic

Mountain Bike Mechanic


Reporting to the Head Mountain Bike Mechanic you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Mountain Bike program within the French Alps.
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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor


Delphi Resort is located in the heart of the scenically breath-taking Delphi Valley, near Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway. It has everything the outdoor enthusiast is looking for in a workplace nestled between spectacular mountains to climb and with stunning beaches at your doorstep.
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Multi-role Summer job in the alps

Multi-role Summer job in the alps


Spend this June, July & August working in the French Alps! Peak Adventures (Ski Peak in the winter) are the specialist holiday operator in Vaujany. Operating luxurious catered and self catered chalets. We are a small family run company currently hiring for a multi-role position for the summer
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Seasonal Outdoor Activity Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor Activity Instructor


Join our seasonal team in 2020 for a rewarding and memorable summer. We’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated team members, who love working with young people and in the outdoors. As a Seasonal Instructor with Essex Outdoors, you’ll run a wide variety of outdoor activities for our diverse
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School Groups Co ordinator

School Groups Co ordinator


Job Role • Organise and co-ordinate the arrival and departure of your group. • Ensure the accommodation is kept clean and tidy at all times. • Ensure meal times run smoothly and organise the children for tidying up. • Run / organise evening activities which include campfire
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Walk Leader / Spanish or German Linguist

Walk Leader / Spanish or German Linguist


A lovely hosting role, combining very genuine hospitality with fantastic access to some of the most spectacular mountains ranges in Europe, whilst developing your Spanish or German language skills at the same time.
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Head Mountain Bike Mechanic

Head Mountain Bike Mechanic


As the Head Mountain Bike Mechanic you will co-ordinate with the Bike Programme Manager to ensure the overall smooth running of the Mountain Bike program within the French Alps.
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Mountain Bike Mechanic

Mountain Bike Mechanic


Reporting to the Head Mountain Bike Mechanic you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Mountain Bike programme - guiding and maintaining our fleet of bikes and setting the bikes up for guests to use.
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Mountain Bike Guide

Mountain Bike Guide


You will ensure the overall smooth running of the bike program within resort. You will cover the bike workshop where you will maintain the fleet of 'Specialized' mountain & cross-country bikes in your resort. Guiding guests on an approved timetable basis on a range of predetermined routes.
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 Kids Club Activity Leader

Kids Club Activity Leader


Dependant on location you will report to the Activities Manager or the Childcare Manager where you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Childcare programme 5-6 days a week, including chilled evening activities, such as movie night.
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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.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor – Wiltshire

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Wiltshire


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 Liddington centre near Swindon in Wiltshire.
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Many of the US summer camps designed for children now include mountain biking as a main activity and they often hire specialist mountain bike guides and instructors. You will frequently be expected to help teach other sports activities as well. While in Europe, plenty of Alpine ski resorts have realised that mountain biking is big business and fills the gap nicely in the months without snow. The resorts are geared up to cater for mountain sports, so with plenty of lifts to get you to the top of the runs, and more technical single track than we could ever dream of here at home, mountain biking fits right in.

Mountain Bike Leadership Award (MBLA)

If you are a keen off road cyclist looking to progress from weekend rides to blow away the cobwebs, to making the local forests and hills your place of work as well as your playground, then you need to get a recognised qualification in the shape of a mountain bike instructor course. There are several courses you may like to consider though it has to be said, the MBLA is largely seen as the 'highest' of the bunch. If you don't need to instruct in winter conditions, and if you are always going to be working below 600m, then definitely take a look at:

Mountain Bike Skills Instructor Program - Run by the CTC focuses on skills and requires two days of training and one day of assessment.
Mountain Bike Coaching Scheme (MBC UK) - endorsed by the Association Of British Cycling Coaches and comes in four flavours; entry, intermediate, performance, and tutor.
Mountain-bike Instructors Award Scheme (MIAS) - This one is designed for people who are going to be taking groups off road, in the UK, in Spring, Summer or Autumn. It is recognised by the Adventure Mark and by Learning Outside the Classroom, which means it is good for activity centres. It also gets a nod from the Cycle Touring Club (CTC). It is certainly a popular choice, second only to the MBLA. There are six levels covering instructors and trainers/assessors.

Probably the most popular is the Mountain Bike Leadership Award. It is sanctioned by Scottish Cycling which is the National Governing Body, gets the thumbs up for the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority, and is designed to show that you have both technical skills and leader qualities necessary to show other people who to enjoy the sport. The course lasts three days; two of training and one assessment. Most of the people you'll be competing with for jobs will already have this award or one of the others (see below), so make sure you have it too. Even if the job does not specifically ask for it, someone with this qualification will always be taken more seriously, plus the NGB status should give you professional insurance cover (if you are working for yourself, make sure you check your insurance requirements before you take out any groups). The sister qualification is the TCL or Trail Cycle Leadership award, though this one is seen as the more basic of the two.

In order to find out more and get some first hand accounts of what it is like to gain the MIAS and the MBLA, we spoke to some industry experts about their experiences of taking and now teaching the qualifications discussed in this article.

Getting Some Work Experience

We have shown you how to get qualified to become a leader in the sport, but once you have chosen your course and got your certificate, what is it actually like working as an instructor? What does it involve and what is a typical day like?

Working for a company Ask the employers and they will often quote hard work as a key aspect of the job, and while mountain biking may be your dream job, it is unlikely that you will just be riding single track all day. You will be expected to undertake other tasks. Excellent people skills are obviously essential. Apart from on your day(s) off you won't be plugged into your ipod, in your own two wheeled world. Teaching and tuition require great communication, leadership and management skills. You will also be expected to be physically fit and willing to help out in activities other than simply riding. A lot of employers will ask that you are first aid trained. To be honest it is a great asset to your CV in any case. In exchange for your mountain biking expertise, you are likely to be offered flights, meals, accommodation and a wage. Do not take this for granted though, some companies may expect you to make your own way to the resort!

Working for yourself. If you go down the route of instructing on your own, trying to find and build your client base will take up quite a lot of your time. You'll need to be very proactive - having a good contact list and not being afraid to put yourself out there to drum up business will be essential. It's certainly more difficult that working for someone else, but if you can get enough customers then being your own boss, deciding where and when to ride, will be a very rewarding way to work.