Chief Instructor

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, situated on the Quayside in Exeter, is part of Exeter College and offers innovative outdoor education, training and recreation activities and courses to a wide range of customers.  These include students training for outdoor education careers, individuals looking for short term recreational activity, individuals disengaged from education, groups and individuals with special educational needs and disabilities and professionals looking to develop their leadership skills.

We’re looking to recruit a Chief Instructor to proactively support the Centre Manager in the effective running of the centre and to work collaboratively with our other Chief Instructor to ensure the Centre provides exceptional and inclusive outdoor adventure, training and education opportunities for the surrounding community.

You will have previous experience of designing and delivering adventurous activity programmes, with enthusiasm and drive for the activities and subjects you teach. You should have excellent organisational and communication skills and an ability to deliver exceptional customer service. You will have a flexible approach and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances such as the varied weather conditions and program variations.  You should also be prepared to work weekends and evenings on a rota basis.

Our excellent benefits include 28 days annual leave, concessions for our College gym and exercise classes and discounted sports massage rates.

We’re committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and as a member of staff you would be expected to share this commitment.  Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure by the DBS.

How to apply:

All applications should be made using our online application form.

The closing date for receipt of applications is the 19th November 2018 at midnight.

Need to know more? 

Visit Haven Banks website for more information about the Centre and apprenticeships.

Alternatively please contact the Centre Manager, Ben Hedden on 01392 400150 or by email

Interviews: Interviews may be held throughout the application period.

  • Closing Date: 19-Nov-2018
  • Salary: £22,034-£23,346 per annum
  • Contract Type Permanent
  • Contracted Hours: 37 per week.
  • Job Description


Seasonal Instructors.

  • Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors
  • Job Type: Temporary/Casual (Seasonal)
  • Location: Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter.
  • Start Date: May 2019
  • Salary: £10.62 per hour

Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre. We are seeking flexible, enthusiastic, versatile, dynamic and organised Seasonal Multi Activity Outdoor Adventure Instructors to compliment our full-time staff team for the 2019 season. It is anticipated there will be 35+ hours per week available during the peak season for suitably qualified applicants.

Exciting opportunities are now available at Haven Banks Outdoor Education in Exeter. In a pioneering and award winning partnership between Devon County Council and Exeter College, Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre provides a contemporary hub for outdoor activities for young people and adults from Exeter, Devon and across the region.

Successful applicants will hold a minimum of two National Governing Body leadership awards and be able to demonstrate previous experience leading, coaching and mentoring groups and individuals of all ages and abilities and from every background.

Activity leadership qualifications could include: paddle sports, sailing, rock climbing, climbing wall, caving, mountain biking or archery.

You must be able to work alone, as well as part of the team and have a passion for delivering outdoor and adventurous activity programs which will inspire and motivate participants, enabling them to get the very best results.

Priority will ultimately focus on safe practice, as well as learning, enjoyment, and achievement as part of structured practical programs of activity.

The post will include delivery to all users of the Centre involving: * Approximately 80% outdoor instructional delivery work and 20% centre based admin and preparation time * Residentials as well as evening and weekend sessions. * Working in all weathers conditions. * Constantly and continually managing different groups and group members.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic team and be part of the South West premiere outdoor Centre.

The Centre offers an innovative approach to education, training and recreation with provision that encompasses the individual needs of a wide range of users, including those disengaged from education, those looking for a short term recreational activity, students wanting to train for a future career in the industry through to professionals undertaking training and development in leadership and development.

Exeter College is an outstanding Tertiary College, which was subject to the first pilot "no notice" inspection in 2012 and achieved outstanding across the board. The college also has outstanding financial health and is continuing to invest in an ambitious property strategy.

If you would like further information or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss available positions please email or call Ben Hedden (Centre Manager)  01392 400153.

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