Current Vacancies

Please check below for details of current job opportunities. We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals to join our ever growing team, so if you have a passion to see young lives transformed and are well suited for one of the roles below then please get in touch.

Jobs at Oakwood

Casual / Freelance Outdoor Instructors

Year round work

Hours: Varied according to demand

Salary: Hourly rate of £12 - £18 depending on qualifications and experience

Term: Ongoing

Location: Wokingham, RG40 3DA

Job Description:

Oakwood Youth Challenge operates all year round delivering outdoor adventure to a many different types of groups. Our bread and butter is delivering multi activity residential experiences for local schools with stays of between 2 and 5 days. We also run outdoor activities for many other groups, from church youth groups to corporate bookings.

There is a core perminant staff team at Oakwood, and on many occasions throughout the year our group sizes can fluctuate dramatically requiring the use of freelance / casual staff. We have some great freelancers on our books but we are always open to growing our network.

The Freelance Role

The role will require you to fit into our staff team and help Oakwood deliver our activity sessions to the high standards that our customers have come to expect from us. As such, it is important to have a well rounded set of hard skills that can be drawn upon to run the activities on offer at Oakwood as well as a wide knowledge base of individual and team development methods.

Applicants will need to have at least one the following qualifications/experience: 

  • Single Pitch Award (SPA)/Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)   (CWI considered)
  • GNAS/ArcheryGB Archery Leader
  • Holds a relevant and valid First Aid Certificate
  • Instructing experience in running bushcraft, orienteering, archery and low ropes
  • Experience in training and developing staff; and focusing a team of enthusiastic and experienced individuals

Ideally with:

  • Mountain Leader (ML)
  • ERCA High Ropes Instructor and Rescuer
  • Mountain Bike Leader (MBL) (or equivalent, plus navigational proficiency)

Personal Attributes

  • Highly motivated and energetic, with a positive attitude and excellent work ethic
  • Able to play an active part in a team in and contribute positively to team dynamics
  • Supportive of Oakwood’s ethos and keeping this represented through the delivery of activities.

Oakwood Youth Challenge is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants are subject to thorough screening, and for applicable roles, successful candidates are subject to relevant criminal record checks with the UK’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

About Oakwood

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.

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.

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

If you are interested in being added to our freelance list then please send us an email and we will sort out the details from there.

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