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Venture Trust is a dynamic, exciting organisation, where you’ll have a real opportunity to transform the lives of people who are struggling with difficult circumstances. Whether you are working with our clients in the community or field, or providing support services in one of our offices, we’ll give you the support you need to grow and develop, and to help you make the most of your skills and experience.
The people we help come from many different backgrounds, and we believe Venture Trust can only benefit from having an equally diverse staff team. We are committed to equality of opportunity in employment; whatever your background, we treat all applications fairly – all you need to do is show us why you’d be a great addition to our team.
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Senior Outdoor Instructor
Applecross, Wester Ross (other locations considered) – Fixed Term for 1 year initially –
Full-Time up to average 48 hour working week (subject to WTD); exact hours negotiable but will include weekends, overnights, and weeklong expeditions
£22,119 – £26,258 gross per annum
Please note that appointments will usually be made at the lower end of the salary scale.
Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.
Our social enterprise, Venture Mhòr, offers adventure holidays and activities plus corporate team building and wilderness experiences across Scotland. We’re currently looking for a Senior Outdoor Instructor to join our team to lead on the development, promotion and delivery of a range of fun, memorable and tailored adventurous activities, experiences and adventure holidays aimed at families, individuals and groups.
Utilising your health and safety knowledge and experience of activity planning and conducting risk assessments, you will work closely with the Operations Resource Manager to plan activities and logistics, ensuring safe deployment and delivery along with other Outdoor Instructors. You will also be responsible for ensuring an excellent standard of service to clients and partners, including providing appropriate briefings on activity content and health and safety. Key to this role will be your responsibility to support the Business Development Manager in growing the business by promoting and marketing activities, events and holidays, including networking, nurturing relationships and attending conferences and exhibitions.
Ideal candidates will hold a minimum of 3 valid qualifications from: Summer ML Award, Single Pitch Award, Level 3 Canoe Coach or UKCC 4* Canoe, Mountain Bike Leader Award (or equivalent) and a recognised outdoor emergency First Aid certificate. With strong leadership qualities including the ability to motivate a team and remaining calm in difficult situations, you will also have knowledge of relevant Health and Safety law, risk management procedures and current technical practice applicable to outdoor equipment and adventurous activities. Please note that a D1 + E driving license is an essential requirement for this role.
We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme.
Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follows an equal opportunities policy.
Closing date for all applications: 9am Tuesday 22 April 2014.
Interviews will be held during week commencing Monday 05 May 2014.
Please send completed application forms to:
6D Bruntsfield Terrace
Or e-mail your application to: Nicola@venturetrust.org.uk.
Please note we do not accept CVs.
This post is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund.
Why work for us?
At Venture Trust we value our employees. As our greatest asset, it is important to ensure we support staff in achieving job satisfaction as well as an effective work-life balance. Read on to discover the range of benefits we offer our employees...
At Venture Trust we offer a generous holiday allowance of 28 days, plus 9 bank and public holiday days per year. Staff with three years’ service or more also benefit from accruing additional long-service annual leave.
We offer all employees the opportunity to join our stakeholder pension scheme – 3% contribution made by both the individual and Venture Trust.
Flexible working and time off
We recognise the growing need for people today to be able to work flexibly. That’s why we’ve developed a number of flexible working opportunities for our staff.
We provide support for time off when you need it most. We provide more generous maternity provisions than required by law, but we’ve not forgotten about dad’s either – we provide the statutory two weeks’ paid paternity leave with the option to take further paid leave where mum returns to work before her maternity pay period ends. We also offer eighteen weeks’ parental leave, and flexible dependent care leave, and are keen to support time off for career or personal development breaks where possible.
Learning and development
Venture Trust recognises that it is essential to support and encourage staff to develop their skills so we can consistently provide a high quality service to the people we work with, and increase individual job satisfaction. That’s why our annual appraisal process provides a formal setting to focus on development needs and why we offer up to 10 days a year for staff training and development.
We’re committed to continuing professional development and if you want to work towards professional qualifications, or where membership of a professional body is an integral part of your role, we’ll support you here too.
From your first day with Venture Trust, where you will be provided with a structured induction plan, your learning and development will be a priority.
Venture Trust works hard to provide competitive salaries to all staff, ensuring that they reflect skills, experiences and comparable market rates.