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Seasonal Activity Instructors - YHA Wye Valley

Youth Hostel Association
Closing date
31 Jan 2022

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Seasonal Activity Instructor - YHA Wye Valley

Rate of Pay £9.50 from 1st March

Live Out

Hours - 24-42.5

YHA have amazing properties in some of the most iconic and inspiring places in England and Wales. A job with YHA could see you working 20 metres from the shore of Lake Windermere or inside an 800-year-old castle. And you'll have plenty of time to make the most of these amazing places in your spare time. Whether you're an urban explorer, countryside rambler or a seasoned surfer, there's a YHA for you.

But we're more than just unique buildings in spectacular locations - YHA is also a charity. By working for YHA, you'd be helping improve access to life-changing travel and adventure.

As a YHA employee you'll have access to a whole host of benefits designed to make your job as happy and rewarding as possible.

YHA deliver a wide range of activities throughout the hostels from educational activities to adventurous activities in accordance with safety requirements, learning outcomes, qualitative benchmarks and YHA policies.

Seasonal Activity Instructor skills and experience:

The role of seasonal activity instructor requires prior proven experience of outdoor or creative education. Knowledge of safeguarding measures and their application is essential.

Other desirable prior skills and experience include:

Ability to motivate and inspire others.

Strong, clear communication skills and the ability to establish a rapport with a wide range of people.

Experience of working directly with teams of young people (either in voluntary or paid capacity).

Excellent customer service skills, including rapport and empathy with young people.

Relevant and in date First Aid Qualification.

Full driving license held for min. two years

Technical knowledge of activity safety equipment to enable appropriate purchasing, inspection, repairs, and maintenance.

Decision making skills and the ability to stay calm in difficult, even dangerous, situations.

Strong planning and organisational skills.

It is not essential but would be advantageous for candidates to have registration and training in further relevant NGB qualifications.

Seasonal Activity Instructor role responsibilities:

Our seasonal activity instructors deliver a wide range of bespoke activity sessions to differing client groups, balancing the need for safety with creating optimal learning outcomes through challenging experiences.

You will provide a positive experience to all YHA customers and contribute both locally and nationally, to the wider strategy, vision, values and mission of YHA in reaching out to young people.

As seasonal activity instructor you will ensure the ongoing logistical viability of a specific activity area by liaising with external bodies in relation to access and overseeing the checking and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure within budgetary constraints.

You will deliver best practice in safety by adhering to YHA standards.

Dynamic risk assessments will be deployed at all times as the essential framework of both safety and quality.

You will be a key point of contact with group leaders to assist them in their role and to develop a mutually supportive relationship to enable leaders to contribute to activity delivery.

We are YHA.

A 90-year-old charity and social enterprise dedicated to connecting people with nature, the outdoors, culture, and heritage through brilliant hostel stays and experiences. We operate hostels and activity centres throughout England and Wales and welcome all but specialise in creating opportunities for young people. As well as memorable holidays and short breaks, we deliver education residentials, group trips, and a variety of volunteering opportunities.

Our strategic priorities and working culture

Our top priority is ensuring YHA is for everyone. To achieve this, we need a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We support equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

Our people share a common purpose: to improve health, wellbeing, and life skills. Our culture is collaborative; we work together following core values and behaviours called HEART: Helpful, Efficient, Authentic, Respectful and Team-spirited.

To ensure we are reaching all, we capture equality information at both the attraction and onboarding stages of employment.

Please note in order to apply for a vacancy with YHA we require an up-to-date CV and a completed application form.

If you require any assistance to submit your application, please email: (url removed)

Please note: YHA is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during our safer recruitment process in line with this commitment, this will include the checking of relevant ID's for Right to work and a DBS application.

We do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Keywords: instructor, outward bounds, outdoor education, creative education
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