WORK WITH US AT EXPERIENCE OUTDOORS
As an organisation, our policy of training, volunteering and career progression is key to our vision and policy. Below you will find our current opportunities.
THE SCHEME - Instructor Development Opportunities
Our instructor development scheme is a part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Outdoor Learning Team. We operate from three different local education centres one based in the City of Edinburgh itself, while the second is in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park near Dunoon, and the third is in the Cairngorm National Park near Aviemore, where the post is located for the majority of the year.
During your time with us, you may have the opportunity to work in all three centres gaining experience working in different environments and groups improving your personal skill set as well as working towards and achieving NGB awards.
Our Outdoor Learning courses are part of the Curriculum of Excellence, and we add valuable content and experience to each pupils learning journey in their School career. Helping facilitate and encouraging individuals to be Successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and active contributors. They also learn to respect the interests of others, build a love for the environment and take shared responsibility for their learning and own actions. These courses give depth to the personal and social education of the pupil allowing them to build their individual skills as well as exercising key social skills, such as teamwork and leadership.
We aim to recruit up to four individuals each year on to the Instructor Development Scheme. This scheme will provide these people with the opportunity of one year of work experience.
This scheme is aimed at those who are already resilient participants in the outdoor world and want to formalise what they already do into a solid career as an outdoor learning practitioner. Ideally, someone who enjoys and actively participates in activities such as hill walking, paddle sport, mountain biking, snow sports, and sailing, and uses their spare time to pursue these activities.
We offer training, mentoring and practical experience in all the things that make an outdoor residential centre tick. We aim to build on practical knowledge so you can progress from basic instructing to facilitating sessions at a high professional standard.
To maximise the opportunities, you will receive a programme of:
Outdoor learning practitioner training: Theory and practical sessions focusing on Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning will run in conjunction with existing senior staff and EOL’s associate staff team. A developmental programme of shadowing and later facilitating your own outdoor learning course will be the desired learning outcome over the twelve months.
Practical NGB training: NGBs are the functional building blocks of a solid all-around outdoor practitioner; this may include, MT Summer Mountain Leader Training, MT Rock Climbing awards, BCU UKCC Level 1, Snowsports Scotland Trainee Instructor award, British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike and GB Archery Instructor. Each student will receive an individualised programme through their year which is relevant to their chosen path and the centre's needs.
Operational training is a programme of maintenance and trade training that will allow individuals to operate in any centre and contribute to the daily operations of EOL. Awards such as Velotech Silver Bicycle maintenance, ski/snowboard servicing, ski lift maintenance and practical experience in repairing of outdoor gear as well as general maintenance and gardening. We will also put you through your D1 driving test, subject to requirements.
All this will happen alongside a busy programme of residential outdoor learning which you will be an active part throughout the evening and weekend programme. You will have access to advise and support to go adventuring in your time off to assist your NGB development. We require a high level of commitment for 12 months; this scheme is unpaid however we will provide full board and Accommodation, as well as a training budget.
We require you to have held a clean driving license for a minimum of two years and be a minimum of 21 years of age.
We are accepting CVs throughout the year for the four positions and will interview at the beginning of May each year, with a start date in mid-August each year.
Any interested parties will be asked to visit the centre for three days in May so that you will know more about how Lagganlia operates and see if the position is right for you. The interview process is three days to enable you to go out with an instructor and get a good idea of what the scheme will involve.
Please email a copy of your CV to the relevant centre address below, or for any enquiries about the post. Please also feel free to phone the centre to chat about the vacancy.