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Senior Outdoor Instructor
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Senior Outdoor Instructor

In Our Element, Witney, Oxford

Working for: In Our Element

Location: A variety of schools in and around the Oxford area.

Salary range: Half day (2 hours teaching) £60-70 / full day (4-5 hours teaching), £110-£150 (rate dependant on experience, personal kit and which programmes allocated to).

Contract: Part Time Freelance Contract initially, programme expenses covered.

Hours: Half days (approx. 0900 – 1300 / 1200 – 1600) or full days (approx. 0900 – 1600). Sessions usually run 1000 – 1200 or 1300 – 1500.

Responsible to: Director.

Closing date: 18.06.2021

How to apply: Please apply with contact to Martyn Griffiths by email at with a CV and cover letter.


Job overview:

In Our Element Organisation is a social enterprise that started back in 2015. We provide a range of outdoor education programmes to schools or other education providers, which include Forest School, Curriculum Enrichment, Early Intervention, Re-engagement programmes and the Nurture Group.

We specialise, and have a proven track record, in intensive alternative education packages, whether on an individual or small group basis. This mainly involves working in a school setting at their outdoor classroom, or we help develop a suitable space with the participants. Programmes are particularly helpful to students at risk of permanent exclusion, on reduced timetables or simply have been identified as needing a boost, or time out from the pressures of the classroom for a variety of background reasons. The programmes aim to increase confidence and self-esteem, providing participants with positive learning experiences to help build resilience and wellbeing.

We are on the Approved Provider list of alternative education providers within the Oxfordshire County Council and as a result we are experiencing a period of growth. There is also an increased demand for our programmes due to Covid 19 and children struggling with the re-integration back into school. The right candidate will be taking responsibility for specific programmes within specific schools and work will be allocated on a regular basis. Senior Outdoor Instructors will be mostly working alone with a group, or with a school TA depending on the programme/children’s needs. Programmes are often student led and rely on a Senior Outdoor Instructor having a variety of skills and experience in order to facilitate a range of progressive educational, enriching and engaging projects or activities.

We also run various children’s holiday activities, afterschool clubs, family days/ camps and adult bushcraft skills sessions through the separate branding, Wild Ways. This is part of the In Our Element Organisation, with revenue from these helping support the main educational programmes. There could also be the opportunity for work on these sessions at a different rate.


Main responsibilities

Plan and resource activities:

· Devise, plan and prepare activity content to meet programme needs.

· Report tracking and monitoring information at the end of each session.

· Follow risk assessments and health and safety planning.

· Ensuring all activities are carried out within Standard Operating Guidelines.

· Help develop a teaching space over time at the schools worked with.


Deliver activities:

· Deliver safe and effective activities in accordance with programme aims and objectives seeking to exceed client expectations.

· Provide briefings to programme participants, explaining and demonstrating activity content as appropriate.

· Ensure excellent customer service at all times with school staff.

· Keep activity records as appropriate.

· Ensure the welfare and safety of participants throughout courses.

· Be responsible for personal health and safety and be conversant with current legislation relevant to the safe running of activities/programmes.

· Undertake the regular checking and maintenance of equipment as necessary.

· Undertake regular checking of the outdoor classroom site regarding deadfall on trees or other potential hazards.



· Undertake any training and professional development as and when required.

· Undertake any other reasonable duties, commensurate with the job title, as may be determined by Director.


Person specification

Skills and experience


· Experience of planning and resourcing outdoor activities.

· Basic bushcraft, campcraft and woodland craft skills.

· Experience of working with challenging behaviours and children identified having SEND, SEMH, SEBD.

· Experienced in and able to work effectively with clients and as part of a team.

· Ability to motivate and encourage people, utilising strong communication and people skills.

· Ability to remain calm in difficult situations and identify solutions to problems.

· Ability to set appropriate professional standards for self and others.

· Driving licence and own transport.

· Relevant First Aid Certificate.

· Basic safeguarding qualification.

· Full Enhanced DBS Certificate.



· Any of the following – Forest School Leader, IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate, Summer ML Award, Single Pitch Award, Mountain Bike Leader Award (or equivalent), BCU Kayak/ Canoe/ Paddlesport Coach/ Leader qualifications, Forest School Practitioner.

· Substantial relevant training and/or work experience. This may include experience of /training in working with passenger carrying vehicles.

· Skills and ability to run sessions with a variety of crafts, for example leatherwork, carpentry, willow weaving etc.

· Good knowledge of ecological processes.

· Some of your own bushcraft/outdoor group kit.

· Food Hygiene qualification.


Personal qualities:

· Pro-active.

· Resourceful.

· Independent.

· Team player.

· Flexible, and willing to work in the fast-paced and constantly changing environment of a growing service-providing social enterprise.

· Conscientious and responsible.

· Supportive, able to enthuse others and maintain a professional image.


In Our Element Organisation is committed to promoting equality and diversity.

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