Job vacancy | Head of Outdoors and Adventure

Job vacancy | Head of Outdoors and Adventure

27 February 2019

We’re seeking an experienced individual with a commercial focus and passion for outdoors and adventure to lead the business development of our three Scout Adventures centres.

The role

Department: Scout Adventures Scotland
Base Location: Scouts Scotland, Fordell Firs, Fife
Term: Permanent
Salary: £40,000 to £45,000 depending on experience
Hours: 37 per week

As Head of Outdoors and Adventure, you will be responsible for the continued development of our Scout Adventures operational plan and for contributing to the overall strategic direction of the charity, taking a lead on outdoor learning and adventure. As strategic lead for our three centres, you will be responsible for growing internal (Scouting) and external customer use, business performance, continued development of our customer experience to ensure quality programmes and facilities for adventure, challenge and learning.

While embracing our values, you will be business focused and results driven, with a passion for excellence in customer service. Ideally, with a background in the outdoor industry you will have experience and a positive track record in business development and improvement, and working with complex groups of staff, customers and volunteers. You must be a strong team player, able to inspire and motivate your team and have excellent networking skills.

About us

As part of a UK network, Scouts Scotland currently operates three Scout Adventure Centres that deliver outdoor learning, adventurous experiences and residential programmes to both our own members and a range of partners, including schools and other youth charities.

Our Centres also offer training, advice and support to our amazing adult leaders and we are increasingly delivering training to teachers. We deliver a wide range of opportunities – everything from fully programmed and catered residential weeks to traditional camping and bush craft experiences.

As national Scout Centres, we also offer support our leaders with programme planning, and can deliver a progressive range of experiences across our three sites – from a first night away in a bunk-bedded dorm to a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition on Loch Lomond. In fact, we are one of Scotland’s largest providers of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions.

Our three centres:

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 15 March 2019. Applications should be emailed to or sent by post to Scouts Scotland Headquarters (Recruitment), Fordell Firs, Hillend, Dunfermline, KY11 7HQ.

Interviews will be held at Scouts Scotland Headquarters, KY11 7HQ on Friday 29 March 2019. There may be a requirement for a second interview. Please note that if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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