Closing date 30th November
What is Abernethy?
Abernethy is a group of 4 outdoor adventure centres in Scotland, a bunkhouse in Argyll and an additional winter training base in the Swiss Alps. For nearly 50 years, the Abernethy Trust has been providing exceptional residential opportunities for primary schools, high schools, colleges and groups from all over the UK. We are a Christian organisation with a team of over 100 people, some full time and some part time, some here as a gap year and some as a long term career. Our staff team is motivated by their Christian faith and we aim to create the very best experiences for each and every guest, ensuring the best hospitality and customer service possible in some of the most stunning (and occasionally remote) locations in Scotland. Most of our opportunities are on a “live-in” basis and there is a great community atmosphere at our centres. Accommodation, meals and a salary are provided and there is the option to make use of the centre facilities and to visit the other Abernethy centres.
Should I apply?
Abernethy's vision is to provide exceptional outdoor adventure experiences where our guests can discover more about themselves, others and God. This role is essential to our ministry as our outdoor instructors are key to providing a safe, educational and enjoyable experience for our guests. We are looking for a hands-on team player to assist our Chief Instructor in the day-to-day delivery of our excellent schools activity programmes. First and foremost, we are looking for people who want to serve God in this kind of outreach, so your Christian Faith will be evident in your life.
You might feel that you are interested in one of these vacancies, but don't yet possess the relevant training, in this instance, you could take a look at our Instructor Training Courses.
Key Tasks of a Senior Instructor at Abernethy:
Delivering high quality outdoor activity instruction both on & off site for our school groups
Planning and delivering training in both hard & soft skills for our Instructors
Working alongside the Chief Instructor with the day-to-day running of the department
Ensuring that activity equipment is checked and maintained according to our strict policies
Developing adventure activity programmes for our guests, specific to their needs and our resources
Observing and monitoring activity sessions for quality assurance
Delivering model activity sessions for our Instructors
Active involvement with ‘Explore' evening Christian programme
Skills & Qualifications (Essential) – We are looking for someone who is/has:
A broad range of NGB qualifications including 3 of the following: UKCC Level 2 Paddlesports (Canoe & Kayak), Mountain Leader, SPA/RCI, BASI Level 1, Mountain Biking Level 2 Award, RYA Dinghy Instructor
Some of the following NGB qualifications would be desirable: BCU Moderate Water Endorsements (Canoe or Kayak), BASI Level 2, RYA Senior Instructor, DofE Assessor/Supervisor, Winter Mountain Leader, Archery Award, BOF Award.
Full UK driving licence with D1 entitlement (Minibus)
Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience
Able to demonstrate a sound understanding of risk management and risk benefit
Experience and evidence of leadership and working as part of a team
Motivated and demonstrates initiative
Experience of administrative tasks & computer based skills
Positive Christian role model for both guests and staff
Full-board single accommodation provided, or live-out allowance, and paid annual leave (30 days per annum)
Lunch provided on work days (evening meal provided if working over evening meal time)
Use of Centre facilities including outdoor equipment
Generous family discounts (up to 50%) for Abernethy events and holidays
Heavily discounted accommodation options for short visits from friends & family
10% staff discount in our Centre shop
Place at our annual Team Conference gathering, with Bible teaching, worship, social and activity options and Team Christmas party
Access to discounted prices on outdoor clothing & equipment
Opportunities to take an active role within the life of our local church and Christian youth work
You will be living as part of a Christian community in a beautiful part of Scotland
In the context of a Christian team, who are an intentional faith-based community, it is an Occupational Requirement, in terms of the Equality Act 2010, that this post is filled by a practising Christian.
Find out more:
To watch a short video about working for Abernethy, see the following link:
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How to Apply:
Contact Stephanie Walling
T: 01479 818 001