Work to the full scope of your qualifications leading adventures in the mountains and on the sea and experiencing the buzz of life at the Adventure School.

We recruit a small team of five full-time seasonal instructors to come and work with us (Rebecca and Mark) to deliver our one- and two-week courses from the Adventure School. This team is added to occasionally with freelance staff to help during busier weeks, almost all of whom have completed a full summer season.

It is a fast-paced environment and we squeeze a lot into the courses, making the very most of the wild and remote environment. Instructors can expect to work to the full remit of their qualifications with guidance and support throughout.

We are looking for fun and enthusiastic staff who can guide, inspire and motivate their teams to achieve more than they think they can. We are aiming to stretch and challenge all participants who come on a course here. There is a warm family atmosphere around the Adventure School.

We house and feed all our staff throughout the season, provide an exceptional working (and play) environment and experiences that can help you to develop your career aspirations, competitive pay based on qualifications and experience and paid leave/holiday entitlement.

Have a look at our Journal pages and our social media to get a real feel of what we aim to achieve here day to day. 

What qualifications?

We look for a staff team with diverse skills and prior experiences. Hill walking and wild camping, single pitch rock climbing and sea kayaking on sheltered coastal water are fundamental elements of almost every course, so we look for staff members with SOME OF the following qualifications;

  • Summer Mountain Leader
  • Rock Climbing Instructor (formerly SPA)
  • British Canoeing qualifications suitable for working in ‘Sheltered Water’ environments in kayaks or BC Sea Kayak Leader.

If you don’t have some of the key NGB qualifications listed above, we can support you through on-site training, supervised assisting and site-specific assessment with our technical advisor, so that you can guide your team through their whole week and gain valuable logbook leadership experience. 

Many more of the adventures specific to our environment and what we do here, like lobster creeling, foraging and survival skills and facilitating survival island can all be learned here during our staff training.

A trailer (+E) driving entitlement is also useful as is a commercially endorsed RYA Level 2 Powerboat (coastal) and any form of sea, surf or coasteering life-saving qualification. 

The key components are passion, enthusiasm, understanding and a willingness to help young people grow and develop, as well the desire to work to the full extent of your qualifications in an outstanding ‘playground’. We aren’t like many other outdoor centres.

What next?

Our 2020 Instructor team is now full but we are happy to receive CV’s with a covering letter and recent photo at any time during the year from qualified instructors interested in working with us in the future. We will then hold your CV and contact you when we start recruiting for the following year.

Ridgway Adventure is hands down the most amazing and wild place I have been given the opportunity to work at. It gives you as an instructor the opportunity to inspire clients while testing and developing your own skills. The small team makes this a really personal place and has given me fond memories to look back on.

Rich Purvis, Instructor 2018 and 2019

A summer working at Ridgway was by far my most memorable and enjoyable season of work so far. I loved taking the young people out for real adventures, into some beautiful, remote and challenging places.  This season of work was also a great step in my career as an instructor and I learnt so much! Bec and Mark are lovely to work for and the young people are 100% sold on the experience! A really special place to live and work for five months… just a shame about the stressful kitchen toaster! 🙂

Emily Wormald, Instructor 2017