Outdoor Activities Instructor: spring / summer season 2018
Craggan Outdoors activity centre, based at Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, is recruiting for the 2018 season, & as part of this process is seeking a qualified instructor for the spring-to-autumn season from March to October. Craggan Outdoors is one of Scotland's leading outdoor centres, being nominated for 'Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience' in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2016, & also a finalist as 'Best Outdoor Venue' in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016 & '17. The business also has a 93% TripAdvisor rating. The centre offers a wide range of activities, 60-bed bunkhouse accommodation & a licensed cafe venue, to a wide-ranging client base. Our website – www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk – will provide further insight.
The role of Outdoor Activities Instructor (“Instructor”) will be crucial to the success of the 2018 season. Starting at a date to be agreed in late February / early March, & after an initial induction to the centre that focuses on Craggan Outdoors’ core values of safety, first impressions, attention to detail, & high quality, your qualifications & prior experience will enable you to 'hit the ground running' in assisting the Senior Instructor in the in-house training of the trainee instructors, whilst also participating in training as appropriate so as to become completely familiar with the centre’s Risk Assessments & Standard Operating Procedures & all related processes. From this foundation, the Instructor will set the standard as a benchmark for the trainee instructors across all elements of the day-to-day business, including preparation & delivery of activities, maintenance & cleaning of kit, equipment & the centre itself, & operation of the cafe & accommodation.
Our staff team is what makes the difference & secures Craggan Outdoors the recognition for consistent delivery of exceptional customer experiences. So we're looking for the best! A great attitude & personality, innate people skills, a strong work ethic, commitment, & a history of delivering fantastic customer service in a team environment are all critical. You will be able to demonstrate a strong career development path, as well as a current & ongoing passion & commitment to the outdoor activities environment. In addition to the above, ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:
2-day First Aid qualification
Single Pitch Award
UKCC Level 2 Paddlesport Coach, with 4-star canoe including Moderate Water Endorsement
Trail Cycle Leader or MBLA Level 2
D1 &/or PCV license
In addition it would be an added advantage to have / be able to demonstrate the following:
Archery Leader / Instructor
prior high ropes & zip wire experience
prior gorge walking experience
As well as the experience of working at one of the UK's leading centres, & a great team atmosphere with like-minded individuals in a fantastic environment for outdoor activities, we offer a salary of £15,600 per annum (pro rata) for a 5-days-in-7 working pattern, & 20 days holiday per annum (pro rata). Lunch is provided on working days, as are some other meals when the centre is catering for client groups. Centre equipment is available for use in time off. Accommodation is available if required, with an appropriate salary deduction being made to reflect this. An extended contract &/or full-time position beyond end-October may become available for the right candidate, as may opportunity for career progression, with a previous Instructor now being the centre's current Senior Instructor.
If you've got the appropriate qualifications & experience, & like the idea of spending a season further developing your career at a high quality centre, then we'd like to hear from you. Send your CV & covering letter to centre owner Keith Ballam on firstname.lastname@example.org, outlining clearly how you meet the requirements for the role. Feel free to call Keith on 07866 698307 if you'd like to chat about things beforehand.
Closing date is Friday 29th December 2017. Please note that you must be prepared & available to travel to the centre for a selection weekend on Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February '18 before any job offer will be made. Please do not apply if looking to get a job purely on the strength of your CV. The starting date will be in late-February / early March. Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.