Lead Instructor – Essex Outdoors - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £24,159 per annum, pay award pending
Closing date: 31 Mar 2023
Location: Mersea
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 11856
Role: Education
About the role

Lead Instructor – Essex Outdoors

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £24,159 per annum, pay award pending

Location: Mersea

Working Style: Fixed-base worker


The Role

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Opportunity

Based at the Essex Outdoors Education Centre in Mersea (on occasion there will be a requirement to work at other Essex Outdoors Centres), the Lead Instructor will support the delivery and development of quality outdoor education programmes and NGB programmes in liaison with the Operations Manager. They will take the lead in health and safety coordination across the activity areas and maintenance of equipment and resources.

The successful candidate will have at least 2, preferably 3 national governing body qualifications and the ability to relate to, motivate and encourage young people and adults to participate in the programmes. The role will plan, develop, monitor, and evaluate programmes to measure effectiveness.

The role requires occasional weekend working.

On a day-to-day basis you will be required to:

  • Lead and assist in the development of the outdoor programmes
  • Lead and assist in the observations of practice process to ensure the standard and quality of delivery is maintained, recording and collating as appropriate.
  • Lead and assist the management of the effective implementation of the daily outdoor programmes.
  • Lead and assist with the supervision and pastoral care of young people (and adults where necessary) in residence in the centre.
  • Comply with the Health and Safety requirements of Essex County Council as implemented by the Management team.
  • Develop all work within the framework of equal opportunities as required by the County Council.
  • Carry out repairs and practical maintenance tasks as required by the Management team.
  • Be involved in any other aspect of the Centre’s activities as may reasonably be required by the Management team.
  • Be willing to undertake further professional development
  • Be willing to undertake evening, weekend and residential work.
  • Be willing to accompany young people on visits and outings which may include outdoor activities.
  • Please note that travel throughout an operational area is an integral part of the role therefore, a driving licence and use of a car or access to other alternative effective transport arrangements is an advantage.
  • This role involves a significant amount of work outdoors and a lot of activities of a physical nature. The ability to undertake physical aspects of the job is important and the scope for reasonable adjustments under the Disability Discrimination Act will be explored with candidates as part of the recruitment process

For more information about our Mersea centre please visit Essex Outdoors - Mersea

The Experience You Will Bring

  • To relate well to young people and adults with the ability to motivate and encourage
  • To behave as a positive role model to other Instructors and clients.
  • To possess the ability to organise and plan ahead
  • To communicate clearly and effectively.To support the development of specific outdoor programmes in response to assessed educational needs.
  • To establish and maintain a safe environment for the specific activity
  • To be fully committed to outdoor and residential education
  • To have experience of delivering quality activity programmes
  • Experience of leading teams, projects and program development
  • To hold one of the following or be working towards ML, SPA, RYA, BCU level 3 coach RLSS Trainer and to have shown an active interest in attaining these qualifications.

To read more about us please visit: Climate, Environment and Customer Services

Interview are due to take place on 27th March 2023. 

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/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.

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email Laura.O’Connor@essex.gov.uk

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