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Job Description

This post is available from March 2018

Job Title: Outdoor & Environmental Trainee/Apprentice

This post is offered as a 12 month trainee post or undertaken as a 12 month intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership in Partnership with Channel Training

22 days holiday per annum, plus lieu days for Bank Holidays worked, holiday to be taken in line with business needs.

37 hours per week (annualised) – weekly hours will vary. This post involves a flexible-

working pattern, which will include evenings and some weekends.

There is a bursary of £5500 plus on site accomodation if required and meals whilst on duty with visiting residential groups. The post holder will also recieved up to £1500 of training budget for designated courses.

Centre Purpose

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre, set in 4 acres of grounds, provides a wide range of learning opportunities for young people mainly in the 7 – 13 yrs age range. The activities are taught by qualified and experienced staff in an exciting and challenging environment. Each programme is tailored to meet school requirements and the individual needs and abilities within the group. The Centre actively supports the delivery of the curriculum and assists all groups with their programme of personal and social development and delivery of the citizenship agenda. We encourage students to learn through the outdoor experience to discover more about themselves their peers and adults working with them.

Activities include: mountain biking, climbing wall, tree climb, assault course, archery, group development through problem solving , mountain boarding, grass sledging, map work, compass and orienteering, stream scramble, circus workshop & slack line, climbing traverse & boulder, up and over team challenge wall, camp craft skills including shelter building, woodland survival games and camouflage and Indian Tracker, using steels , cooking on an open fire, river study, guided walks and environmental activities.

Job Purpose

To work as part of the Simonsbath House Team assisting with, and working towards the delivery of Outdoor and Environmental Education courses and activities to all visiting groups, whilst learning valuable teaching strategies and the skills required in the general running of a busy outdoor centre.

To assist with the community programme of activities for local children and those on holiday in the area.

To assist with the day to day running of the Centre, setting up and putting away of equipment and supervision of the groups. Assisting with the maintenance of the outdoor equipment and grounds including safety checks and record keeping. To undertake domestic duties such as setting up for drinks breaks, evening meal service, washing up and the cleaning of the Centre accommodation.

Knowledge, Experience and Training

§ You will be expected to be punctual, well organised, smart and customer focused at all times

§ You must have a keen interest in working with young people in the 7 – 13yrs age range to deliver outdoor and environmental education

§ It would be beneficial to have studied a related subject and be working towards National Governing Body qualifications

§ Willingness to undertake appropriate training and keep clear records of work undertaken

§ An understanding of development needs of young people

§ First Aid qualification is desirable but qualification/training will be offered

§ A professional manner when working with groups and dealing with queries and problems that arise on site.

If you choose to take the NVQ route training offered in the following areas where you will be required to provide evidence of completion of the assessment criteria

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership

Level 2 Award in Assisting Basic Expedition Leadership

Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning

Level 1 Functional Skills English if required

Level 1 Functional Skills Maths if required

Outdoor First Aid qualification

If you choose to take the trainee route you will be offered A range of NGB courses dependent upon individual and employer aspirations


Outdoor First Aid

Important Other Information

An essential part of working in the outdoor and active leisure industries is taking your own skills development seriously.  This means that successful candidates are usually those who can show a clear commitment to improving their personal skill in activities and working towards coaching awards.

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre is one of the businesses owned by Solomon Business Solutions and occupies the same site as Simonsbath House Hotel and Self catering cottages.

Reality Check

A job in the outdoor and active leisure industry is an exciting and rewarding one,but you need to be ready to get totally involved.  This will mean being flexible over hours - we often work evenings or weekends - and flexible over roles - were as likely to be on the end of a brush or mop as we are on the end of a rope!

Ask lots of questions to make sure you know what to expect from this varied and exciting opportunity.


Supplementary Questions


Do you have your own transport to get to and from the Centre?

Are you prepared to work evenings and weekends if required?


Successful applicants should note we are required to undertake a check into the criminal background of any persons to posts having substantial access to children.






Please submit a CV and a supporting statement detailing previous experience and suitability for the post to Mrs Louise Flagg, Centre Manager, Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre, Simonsbath, Exmoor, Somerset TA24 7SH.
Please specify if there are any dates you are unable to attend for interview, or any prior commitments/holidays booked during 2016.



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Placements/Work Experience


Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre is pleased to offer students work experience weeks during the Spring, Summer and Autumn terms.

The student will be offered free board and lodging for the duration of their work placement and will be expected to fully take part in the daily operations of the Centre.

We will offer the opportunity to work alongside experienced colleagues, assisting with activities and supporting the work of the Centre, setting up equipment, supervising pupils and helping with the domestic elements of running a busy Centre.

The following weeks will be available for work placement students in 2016

Monday 21st Thursday 24th March 2016

Easter Holiday Activity days

Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th April 2016

Wednesday 20th - Friday 22nd April 2016

Tuesday 18th to Friday 20th May 2016

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th May 2016

Monday 6th to Friday 10th June 2016 - taken

Monday 13th  to Friday 17th June 2016 - taken

Monday 20th to Friday 24th June 2016

Tuesday 28th June to Friday 1st July 2016

Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2016

Monday 11th to Friday 15th July 2016

Monday 5th to Friday 9th September 2016

Monday 12th to Friday 16th September 2016

Monday 19th to Thursday 23rd September 2016

Monday 29th  to Friday 25th September 2016

Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th September 2016

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th October 2016

Monday 10th to Friday 14th October 2016

Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st October 2016

Monday 7th to Friday 11th November 2016

Monday 14th to Friday 18th November 2016


Students must be min 17yrs old

Please contact Louise, Centre Manager, for details and information on current placements and work experience opportunities

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