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Senior Instructor - Abernethy Ardgour

Full time, Permanent contract 


Who should apply?

Abernethy's vision is to provide exceptional outdoor adventure experiences where our trainee instructors and guests can discover more about themselves, others and God. This role is essential to our ministry as our instructors are key to providing a safe, educational and enjoyable experience for our trainee instructors and guests. We are looking for a skilled, committed team player to assist in the day-to-day delivery of our excellent 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 this vacancy but don't yet possess the relevant qualifications, in this instance, we would consider appointing a Lead Instructor with potential to develop into this role.


What are the key roles of an Abernethy Senior Instructor?

  • Working alongside the Chief Instructor with the day-to-day running of the department
  • Delivering high quality outdoor activity instruction both on & off site for our trainee instructors and our guests
  • Ensuring that activity equipment is checked and maintained according to our policies
  • Working with the other instructors to coordinate trainees and groups that are in residence
  • Planning and delivering training in both hard & soft skills for our trainee instructors
  • 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 trainee instructors
  • Occasional helping out in the Maintenance or House & Kitchen departments
  • Playing a key role in the personal and spiritual development of the trainee instructors
  • Active involvement with ‘Explore' Christian programme
  • Involvement with the local church

What experience are we looking for?

In an ideal world, we would be keen for the following criteria to be met by the successful candidate:

  • A broad range of NGB qualifications such as: Archery Award, BASI Level 1 or 2, BOF Award, DofE Supervisor/Assessor, Level 2 Mountain Biking Award, Moderate Water Endorsement, Mountain Leader, SPA, UKCC Level 2 Paddlesports (either Canoe or Kayak)
  • First Aid certificate
  • Full UK driving licence preferably with D1 + E entitlement (Minibus & Trailer)
  • Previous relevant work experience
  • Able to demonstrate a sound understanding of risk management and risk benefit
  • Experience and evidence of working as part of a team
  • Motivated and demonstrates initiative
  • Positive Christian role model for both guests and staff

What are the benefits?

  • A monthly salary
  • Full-board single accommodation provided
  • Paid annual leave (30 days per annum)
  • Use of Centre facilities including outdoor equipment
  • Opportunity for personal training and development 
  • Opportunities to take an active role within the life of our local church and Christian youth work
  • Living as part of a vibrant Christian Community, in a beautiful part of Scotland

How to apply:

Download our application form HERE
Contact Operations Director, Louise White, informally for more information by calling 01967 411222
Complete the online enquiry form and we will be in touch
e-mail our Recruitment Administrator, Steph Walling or call her on 01479 818001


General information

Abernethy is a group of 4 residential adventure centres and a bunkhouse in Scotland and we are all about living life to the full with God and sharing outdoor adventures. Through our centres in the beautiful wilds of Scotland and a staff team motivated by their Christian faith, we aim to create the very best experiences for each and every guest.