Paddlesports Instructors

Paddlesport Instructors

We’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated team members, who love working with young people and in the outdoors.  As a Seasonal Instructor with Essex Outdoors, you’ll run a wide variety of outdoor activities for our diverse range of customers.

Aged 18 years or over at the start of employment, you’ll be great at working as part of a team as well as on your own. You should be highly motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic. You’ll also need to be good at communicating clearly with both children and adults. While experience supervising groups is an obvious advantage, it is not essential.

National Governing Body qualifications in outdoor activities are desirable but full in-house training is provided to all staff.

A standard day at our residential centres begins at 8.30am and finishes around 5.30pm. During the season there may be some earlier starts, later finishes and some overnight duties, as well as a need to work weekends. You’ll receive time off in lieu for hours worked beyond those contracted. We’ll provide you with an Essex Outdoors t-shirt to wear with your own presentable attire and appropriate footwear.

All instructional staff are involved with the basic maintenance and inspection of activity equipment, care of the site and some domestic duties. Whilst you ‘ll be based at one centre, there may be times when you’ll be required to assist at other centres to support large activity bookings.

Year-on-year we have staff return to work for another season, and opportunities for longer contracts do become available. Some staff may be given the opportunity to complete nationally recognised qualifications.

Our centres

Bradwell – Our coastal sailing and powerboat centre. A season here could see you out on the water, leading sessions on the beach or biking around the peninsular.  Bradwell also offers a residential package for our instructors

Danbury – A large centre set on a 70-acre site of beautiful countryside and woodlands. Danbury runs a large range of both land-based and water-based activities.

Harlow – Our urban day centre located on the banks of the River Stort. Home to “The Lock” – one of Essex’s largest climbing facilities.

Mersea – A large centre in a wonderful coastal setting with views across the Blackwater Estuary. Mersea offers a vast selection of both land and water-based activities. A residential package is available for instructors.

Full details of all our activities are available here

How to apply

Go to the Working for Essex website and use ‘Essex Outdoors’ in the keyword search.

Or download the supporting information form HERE, complete it and send it, along with a copy of your CV, to

Really Important

• you need to be aged 18 or over at the start of your employment
• you need to be available to work continuously throughout the main season which runs May to August. If you cannot start in May please contact us to discuss your availability.

Please ensure your application includes:
• your preferred centre. This could be more than one, and may be based on your need for accommodation. See the centre details above.
• your availability to work for us from April to September 2022.

Please ensure your CV includes:
• everything you have done since you were 16/in secondary education
• the start and finish date (month and year) of all your periods of education, employment and any volunteering. E.g. September 2016 to July 2017
• details of what you were doing in any gaps in employment longer than 4 weeks. E.g. Travelling, Looking for employment

Shortlisting of your application can be delayed if this information is not provided.

If you require help to complete the application process or filling in the supporting information form please email us at

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day – an opportunity to meet staff from the centres and to showcase some of your skills! If then selected you’ll complete our core and centre-based training programme including activity delivery, first aid, manual handling, safeguarding and disability awareness.

Essex Outdoors is part of Essex County Council. As part of your employment with Essex County Council (ECC) your role requires a DBS check which is to be registered with the DBS update service.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Job details

Location: Bradwell-on-Sea, Danbury, Harlow and Mersea
Salary: From £18,327 per annum pro-rata (£9.50 per hour)*
Contract type: Fixed term full-time 3 to 6-month contracts, subject to the requirements of the service. Part time hours may be considered.
Date Added: Wednesday 27th September 2021
Closing Date: Monday 16th May 2022
Good to know: Full training is provided. Applicants must be 18+ and complete an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.

*For contracts starting after 31st Mar 2022