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Casual Outdoor Education & Activity Leader

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

The Education Service strives to deliver outstanding services for our customers, predominately the children and young people of Coventry,  including those who may be requiring access to education or alternative education provision. We ensure vulnerable children are appropriately supported; have a voice, that hopefully leads to their high achievement and excellent progress. The service is made up of a diverse range of teams all working together to recognise, support and apply innovative solutions to address the growing issues in relation to trying to educate some of our most vulnerable pupils in schools

The Outdoor Education Service delivers high quality learning and outdoor experiences to the children and young people of Coventry.  

We currently offer a High quality, residential outdoor education programme to Coventry Schools through our outdoor centre at Plas Dol-y-Moch in North Wales. They are an exceptional team, including qualified teachers delivering first-class education through the medium of the outdoors in a residential setting.

We want more children and young people to benefit from Outdoor Learning and Activity and are therefore expanding our service further through developing a high quality ‘In City’ provision. This will protect the long-term viability of the service and ensure that more children and young people have access to outdoor learning and adventure.

What is the job role?

You will be a casual member of the Coventry Outdoors staff team delivering a range of outdoor and environmental education activities in a variety of settings working with children, young people, families, schools and groups across Coventry.

The main areas of delivery are:

  • To support with delivery across our projects and programmes on a casual basis throughout the year and specifically working on our Education and Curriculum programmes offered to Coventry schools and working on our Holiday Activity Camps during the holiday periods.
  • To be responsible for delivering safe, fun, and interactive activity sessions ensuring that current best-practice in relation to the welfare and health and safety of children and young people is followed.
  • As well as leading sessions, you will contribute to the high standard of physical, emotional, and social care offered by Coventry Outdoors. You will have a pastoral role, being a group leader and key contact for children and young people.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

We seek an experienced, enthusiastic, and highly organised individual with a proven track record of working with children and young people in an outdoor setting. You must be energetic, hardworking, and enjoy working as part of a team.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Relevant experience of working in a school, youth provision, or outdoor centre setting
  • Experience in managing large groups of children, young people, and adults in a range of circumstances and the ability to deliver safety briefings, and activity briefings and provide supervision and support as and when needed.
  • The ability to teach / coach groups in a range of outdoor activities.
  • Ability to relate well to children, young people, and adults within an outdoor setting and to work as part of a small, busy, and dedicated team.
  • Excellent organisational skills - being able to initiate and lead programmes and provision.
  • To have a level of verbal and written communication skills that will facilitate the delivery of activity sessions and safety information.
  • To have high levels of energy, enthusiasm and reliability.
  • To show relevant experience and/or qualification in teaching team tasks, invasion games, bushcraft, survival, orienteering, river studies, or have the willingness to be trained in-house.
  • To show relevant NGB level 1 qualifications, Leadership Awards or recognised equivalent (NGB Level 2 - desirable), or qualifications in Youth Work (Level 2 or Level 3).
  • To have an up to date knowledge and understanding of the contribution outdoor education can make towards the personal, social and academic development of participants.
  • To have a practical understanding of diversity and inclusion at work.
  • To have an understanding of risk management in the outdoors.

The successful candidate needs to be an enthusiastic, motivated self-starter.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'.

Interview date: Week Commencing 5th September 2022.


Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and it was the UK City of Culture 2021. We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons as you can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Opportunity for Salary Match and Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 
  • Lifestyle savings
  • Salary Sacrifice Schemes; Car Scheme, Cycle to work and more
  • Interest-free travel loans
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Workplace parking scheme
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption Leave
  • And much more


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