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OUTDOOR INSTRUCTORS will guide and inspire groups in the great outdoors. Enjoy the perks of a supportive team and breathtaking locations and creating unforgettable experiences. We thrive in adventure, teamwork, and the splendor of nature.

Join our Activity Team
An Outdoor Instructor Canoeing along the River Spey

Activity Instructors have the best job in the world!

We are always looking for talented instructors to join our team. We do have an larger intake of instructors each March to train ready for the peak season.

Staff can be accommodated in a room of our stunning 3 bedroom house or our static caravan.

The Role

Outdoor Expertise: Deliver diverse outdoor activities, from canoeing and kayaking to high ropes and camping.

Safety First: Ensure participants' safety through professionalism on activities, equipment checks and following Ops & risk assessments.

Engaging Instruction: Deliver clear, enthusiastic, and engaging instructions for participants of all ages and skill levels.

Team Collaboration: Work closely with a dynamic team, fostering a supportive and cooperative atmosphere.

Customer Interaction: Provide excellent customer service, addressing inquiries and ensuring participants' satisfaction.

Skill Development: Help participants enhance their outdoor skills, boosting their confidence and passion for nature

Emergency Response: Be prepared to handle emergencies, administering first aid and following safety protocols when necessary.

Environmental Stewardship: Promote environmental awareness and responsible outdoor practices among participants.

Adaptability: Be flexible to adjust activities based on weather conditions and participants' abilities, ensuring a positive experience for all.

If you're interested in an Activity Instructor role at Cairngorms Activities, please contact Rich@cairngormsactivities.co.uk to arrange a chat.

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This is you

Motivated and keen to progress, you’ll enjoy working outdoors in beautiful and exclusive environments. You’ll need at least 3 of the following qualifications:

  • First Aid Award
  • Paddlesports Leader or Touring leader
  • British Canoe Coach
  • Sea Leader Award
  • ERCA High Ropes Certification
  • RCI
  • ML
  • Archery Coach
  • Cycling Guide and Bike Maintenance
  • Bushcraft Qualifications/Experience
  • A D1 driving licence with no endorsements

The benefits

  • Clear progression and personal training plan to help you to meet your potential
  • Option to enrol onto our pension scheme through Scottish Widows
  • Staff discounts and deals on equipment and clothing
  • Option to buy technical items of uniform at significantly reduced prices
  • Working with a variety of clients offering proper activity experiences (not just “taster” sessions)
  • Access to some of our equipment and venues for training and fun
  • Family and friends discounts so you can enjoy activities with others
  • Supportive colleagues with years of industry experience, ready to help you to learn and grow
  • Accommodation optional in Grantown on Spey in either a shared house or static caravan (with a small salary sacrifice)

An Outdoor Instructor Canoeing along the River Spey

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See the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.

How much will I be paid?

You’ll be paid monthly at a rate of £10.42 per hour. Some contacts can be flexible (Zero Hour) and therefore you'll receive your holiday pay pro rata rather than accrue holiday.

What qualifications will I earn?

We require our instructors to be qualified on application. There are opportunities for training & development through the season we need staff ready for the start of the season.

How many hours a week will I work?

Our activity centre is open 7-days a week and you’ll be required to work weekends as standard. Full time work will be 8 hours per day, 5 days per week with some longer and shorter days as work loads dictate. We also do have staff that work part time around their other life commitments.

How long is a full time seasonal role?

6 months - March to October. We do offer part time hours outside of this period.

When can I start?

We’re always looking for talented instructors to start with us. There are alot more hours and work from March to October but its always worth getting in touch with us.

Where will work take place?

You'll be based in Grantown-on-Spey, 15 minutes from Aviemore. We operate multiple activity sites around the area where you will be delivering our activities.

Do I need to be able to paddle?

Yes, and hold qualifications to lead or coach.

Do I need experience in the industry?

Not Necessarily. We always endeavour to have a good mix of experienced staff and younger team members or those recently qualified.

What clothing and equipment will I need?

You’ll need to be ready to instruct in all kinds of weather, we provide all the safety & leaders equipment. We do have many trade accounts deals with manufacturers that can be extended to staff.

Do you have accommodation?

Yes! We have a stunning 3 bedroom house where you could take a room, alternatively we have a static caravan. Each year we set up a staff area for the spring and summer.

Are there age restrictions?

Yes, we require participants to be aged 18+ due to solo working and leadership on activities.

Can I come and visit the centre beforehand?

You certainly can! Get in touch using the contact form on this page and we can organise a suitable date and time to come and visit us.

Ready to Kickstart your career?

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