Outdoor Education Leaders Needed!

Monday 18 January
Under 5's Christmas Activity Day

Outdoor Education Leaders are required to deliver Hadleigh Park’s outdoor activity programmes and educational visits. The role will facilitate a range of activities for schools and community groups. This will be on a casual basis, as and when we have visits booked.  Spring to Autumn is very busy for the delivery team, most weeks they are fully booked hence the need to expand the team.

Description of the Role

Education- Hadleigh Park’s replica Iron Age roundhouse has an industry-leading educational offering and has grown in popularity over the last 2 years. Teaching Hadleigh Park’s history days for visiting school groups, based around our replica Iron Age roundhouse and archaeological dig is fun and engaging and usually involves working with classes of around 30 children, generally aged 7 – 9, on weekdays during term times, between mid-March and mid-November

Outdoor Activities – Our new outdoor activity programme launched in July 2016 includes sessions for schools, groups and birthday parties and well as our extensive summer holiday programme. These sessions are varied in delivery weekdays, evenings and weekends, to all ages and abilities.

Activities include Kayaking, Parkour, Sailing, Archery, Orienteering, Survival Skills/Bushcraft, Mountain biking and cycling.

Person Specification

  • A positive outlook on life, enthusiastic and passionate.
  • Self-assured – able to plan and deliver tasks.
  • Confident, outgoing leader who can relate to people from wide range of backgrounds.
  • Empathetic to children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Customer focused, committed to responding to feedback and evaluations.


  • Deliver sessions to a high quality and standard, working to ECC best practice.
  • Take responsibility for safety of groups and for care of Park educational property. Report any safety or equipment issues.
  • Coordinate sessions with other members of the team on days when multiple bookings are in session.
  • Set up equipment, prepare materials and paperwork, clear away at end of day.

Skills and Competencies

  • Good communicator, able to deliver lively sessions, engaging the group, and explaining concepts in ways they can understand.
  • Confident in front of a group, happy working with children and able to manage a class.
  • Able to take independent actions and work without supervision.
  • Flexible, able to adapt to a changing educational programme, needs of individuals and schools, weather and time constraints.
  • Reliable.

One or more of the following qualifications are desired not required: RYA Dinghy Instructor, British Canoeing Level 1/2 coach, GB Archery Instructor or GNAS equivalent, RLSS lifeguard, British cycling Level 2 coach or Mountain Bike Leader.  

Terms and Working Conditions

  • General availability weekdays, weekends and school holidays (though there is no obligation to accept a particular shift offered).
  • Mobile, able to stand for long periods, lift and carry equipment and assist with erection of a marquee.
  • Willing to work outdoors and in all weathers
  • Willing to wear historical costume and uniform.
  • References required.
  • A DBS check will be required.
  • Pay: Negotiable for the right candidate

For more information please send an up to date CV to Hadleigh.park@essex.gov.uk