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Vacancies for 2016 season

YMCA Lakeside is a very busy and highly respected Outdoor Adventure and Education residential centre. We are known for delivering inspirational, exciting and challenging outdoor adventures for personal and social development. We are looking for great staff to join our team, take on real responsibility and contribute to our success.  

These are important and responsible positions, as our clients expect great quality outdoor education and adventure programmes. Our clients include schools, colleges, youth-groups, corporate and family, which gives you a great opportunity to learn and develop, broaden your instructional skills and deepen your understanding of "Learning Outside the Classroom". Many staff have the opportunity to extend contracts for one or two months into the autumn. This year 16 staff worked through October and some staff are working until the end of November.

Based in the southern Lake District on the edge of Windermere with ½ mile of shoreline we are ideally placed for water-sports.  Climbing is served by our three climbing crags which together with many of our other activities are based in the 450 acres of woodland surrounding us.  For bigger adventures, and in your own time too, there are the Mountains, Crags, Caves, Rivers and Lakes all around us.

RYA Dinghy Instructors (Peak Season) Now Closed

Peak season is 7th May to 26th August and starts with 7 intense days of paid induction training from highly qualified and experienced staff, and concentrates on ensuring you can deliver your own area of expertise and a core range of other activities. 

We will pay you £7.20 per hour, and give you the option of subsidised on-site accommodation and meals. We also issue you with high quality a Keela Waterproof Jacket and Keela Softshell for the season.
You need a RYA Dinghy Instructor Qualification and one other NGB training in any of the following: Summer ML, SPA, RYA Dinghy Instructor plus Safety boat or BCU L1 Coach plus a 3* and will be able to demonstrate a good level of previous instructional experience.

House Keeper x 2 Seasonal until 31st October 2016 (extension and possible permanent position for right candidate according to Centre needs)

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic individuals to join our dedicated Housekeeping team.  This is no ordinary House Keeping position, with a variety of client needs and facilities to care for, we are looking for individuals who enjoy getting stuck in, can pay attention to detail and have a commitment to provide our clients with facilities to the highest of standards and excellent customer service.  Hours are negotiable, up to a maximum of 35 hours a week and term time only considered. £11,921pa pro rata, £7.20 per hour. 

Volunteer instructors x 5 (Seasonal 4th April – 26th August 2016)  Now Closed

This is designed for those of you who do not have sufficient qualifications and or experience yet. We offer you the chance to join our team and learn on the job. If you gain the NGBs and demonstrate the skills during the season we will upgrade you to an Instructor contract. Extended volunteering opportunities into the autumn are usually available. We find that volunteers who are serious about a career in the outdoors and ready to make the best of all the opportunities available get the most from this programme.  As well as part uniform, full training and induction, meals and accommodation we give you £50 a week towards your expenses.  

Day Camp Leader Volunteers x 16 (23rd July – 26th August 2016) £50 a week expenses plus full board and accommodation.

Would you like to gain experience working with and being responsible for children?  Have you got bags of enthusiasm and energy, a great sense of humour, full of fun and a commitment to give 5 weeks of your summer? If so, this placement is designed for you.  You will receive 1 week’s intensive training in what you will need to learn and then you will spend 4 weeks, Monday to Friday as leaders within our Day Camp Programme. Join our team for the summer and make friends for life. 

These positions are allocated on the successful completion of application and interview process and will be closed once the required number has been achieved, so don’t delay; get your application in today!

We apply rigorous Safeguarding practice during the recruitment process.

To apply:

Please download an application pack and relevent Job description below, phone 015395 39000 or email lakesideenq@fyldecoastymca.org.

Please read the documents carefully and complete those requesting a response. Send your application by post to YMCA National Centre, Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8BD or send them via email as attachments.

Appointments will be made on a successful application and interview, until all the required number of posts have been filled. We apply rigorous Safeguarding practice during the recruitment process. All successful applicants will need to be able to respect the ethos of the YMCA and uphold its values.

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