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Freelancer positions available



  1. CWI / RCI or higher
  2. Proven experience in the Climbing industry/ Outdoor industry

Desirable Skills

  1. NICAS / NIBAS teaching experience
  2. Coaching qualification and experience
  3. Route setting qualification and experience
  4. Archery GB
  5. Mountain Bike Qualification

You must also hold a current first aid certificate and your own public liability insurance.

Personal Qualities

  1. Flexible, proactive and enthusiastic work  approach
  2. Trustworthy
  3. Punctual and reliable worker

If you are interested in joining our books as a freelancer please send your CV and qualifications to with the reference “Freelancer Position”

Reporting To: Outdoor Activity Manager

Salary: On application, based on qualifications / experience

Term: Permanent, subject to 3 month and 12 month review

Working Hours: 40 hours a week

Additional Benefits: Paid holiday & option to join pension scheme

About Oakwood

Located between Bracknell and Wokingham, Oakwood Youth Challenge is a Christian charity, comprising of Oakwood Outdoors, a residential activity centre, and Oakwood Climbing Centre. Our aim is to provide an environment where individuals of all abilities can progress and be challenged physically, socially and spiritually.

Job Summary

Oakwood Youth Challenge is a Christian outdoor pursuits centre registered as a charity. The aim of our centre is to make a significant impact on local youth, challenging them holistically. We achieve this by working with schools and running our own youth clubs.

We offer a broad range of activities including a High Ropes course, Mountain Biking (on site and off site), Archery, Mountain Boarding, Climbing, Low Ropes, Team Building and more high elements such as the Flying Kiwi and Leap of Faith. Our activities are offered mostly on site, with the intention to bring back some off site sessions including Mountain Biking which takes place in the popular Swinley Forest and the occasional single pitch climbing excursion further afield. We offer full residential experiences as well as short activity sessions to a wide variety of returning customers.

At Oakwood Youth Challenge we aim to provide action packed activity sessions to optimise value for money for clients. We aim to be ahead of the game by innovation, flexibility and an understanding of our customer’s requirements. One of our most recent developments is a purpose built, state of the art indoor climbing and bouldering wall.

Oakwood Youth Challenge is situated within 15 minutes’ drive of over 30 schools which regularly visit our centre. Activities are offered throughout the year with an average of 100 000 visits per annum for both the outdoor and indoor centres. The successful candidate will be required to work in the climbing centre during the quieter outdoor months on a shift basis.

Key Responsibilities

· Organising and delivering technical staff training and assessments

· Overseeing and carrying out kit checks and purchasing of new equipment

· Undertaking operational inspections of high ropes activity structures

· Planning and implementing complex activity programs for up to 70 participants over multiple days in collaboration with the activity manager

· Supporting the activity manager in welcoming, hosting and organising activity groups

· Supporting the activity manager in setting the example and standards for activity sessions

· Ensuring that Oakwood sessions meet the required learning outcomes using reflective practice.

· Confidently, calmly and professionally dealing with behavioural and physical issues of visiting groups

Qualification / Experience


Experience in running bushcraft, orienteering and archery as a minimum

A minimum of 2 years of instructing experience in a supervisory role


MBL (or equivalent plus navigational proficiency)

Ideally with:


ERCA High Ropes Instructor and Rescuer

GNAS / Archery GB Archery Leader

Personal Attributes

· Highly motivated and energetic, with a positive attitude and excellent work ethic

· Able to lead a team in an inspirational and motivated way

· Supportive of Oakwood’s ethos and keeping this represented through the team.

How To Apply

Please send your CV along with a covering letter to

If you would like to find out more about Oakwood, please visit for our outdoor centre, and for our climbing centre.