Seasonal Instructors

England, Essex, Danbury
£15819.0 - £16778.0 per annum
09 Nov 2020
07 Dec 2020
Job role
Contract Type
Please review the 'how to apply' section of this advert. Please do not apply via the Working for Essex website.

Join our seasonal team in 2021 for a rewarding and memorable summer.

We are 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 will run a wide variety of outdoor activities for our diverse range of customers.

Roles will be based at our Outdoors centres in Bradwell on Sea, Danbury, Harlow and Mersea. These are fixed term, full time posts for 3 to 6 months, subject to the requirements of the service. Part time hours may be considered.

Aged 18 years or over, you will be great at working as part of a team as well as on your own. You should be highly motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic. You will need to be good at communicating clearly with both children and adults. While experience supervising groups is an obvious advantage, it is not essential. National Governing Body qualifications in outdoor activities are desirable. Full in-house training is provided to all staff.

A standard day at our residential centres begins at 8.30am and finishes around 5.30pm. During the season there may be some earlier starts, later finishes and some overnight duties, as well as a need to work weekends. You will receive time off in lieu for hours worked beyond those contracted. We will provide you with an Essex Outdoors t-shirt to wear with your own presentable attire and appropriate footwear.
All instructional staff are involved with the basic maintenance and inspection of activity equipment, care of the site and some domestic duties. Whilst you will be based at one centre, there may be times when you will be required to assist at other centres to support large activity bookings.

Year-on-year we have staff return to work for another season, and opportunities for longer contracts do become available. Some staff may be given the opportunity to complete nationally recognised qualifications.

Our centres

Bradwell - Our coastal sailing and powerboat centre. A season here could see you out on the water, leading sessions on the beach or biking around the peninsular. Bradwell also offers a residential package for our instructors
Danbury - A large centre set on a 70-acre site of beautiful countryside and woodlands. Danbury runs a large range of both land-based and water-based activities.
Harlow - Our urban day centre located on the banks of the River Stort. Home to "The Lock" - one of Essex's largest climbing facilities.
Mersea - A large centre in a wonderful coastal setting with views across the Blackwater Estuary. Mersea offers a vast selection of both land and water-based activities. A residential package is available for instructors.

Full details of all our activities are available here

How to apply

Applications for the 2021 season are now open. Please note:

You will need to be age 18 or over prior to your employment
You will need to be available to work continuously throughout the main season which runs May to August. If you cannot start in May please contact us to discuss your availability.
Please download and complete the supporting statement and send it, along with a copy of your CV,

Please ensure your CV includes:
everything you have done since you were 16/in secondary education
the start and finish date of all your periods of education, employment and any volunteering. E.g. September 2016 to July 2017
details of what you were doing in any gaps in employment longer than 4 weeks. E.g. Travel in Botswana, Looking for employment
Shortlisting of your application can be delayed if this information is not provided.
If you require help to complete the application process or filling in the supporting statement please email us

Closing date for applications: 31/12/2020
Successful applicants will be invited to attend a selection day - an opportunity to meet staff from the centres, other applicants and showcase some of your skills! If successful at that stage you'll complete our core and centre-based training programme including activity delivery, first aid, manual handling, safeguarding and disability awareness.

Essex Outdoors is part of Essex County Council. As part of your employment with Essex County Council (ECC) your role requires a DBS check which is to be registered with the DBS update service.
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.