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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.

Senior Instructor for Sailing (Full Season, 7th March to 28th October 2016 - and for 2017 on)

Excellent opportunity for a qualified and experienced RYA Senior Instructor to lead Lakeside’s sailing staff to provide high quality sailing experiences for our clients. You will be a member of the activity safety team ensuring the sailing gets delivered by competent staff in an inspiring manner, such that the clients have an excellent learning experience. The sailing is in Pico’s and Drascombe Longboats, and safety cover for the former is from 3 Ribs. In addition to your sailing duties, you will work alongside the other instructors on the multi-activity programmes according to your skills and qualifications and our training. Developing high quality instructional capability within the staff team is also part of the role and could include Dinghy Levels 1 and 2, Seamanship, Powerboat, Assistant instructor training and assessments. SI for Powerboats and or experience as Technical Advisor are both desirable but not essential. You will be supported by the Chief Instructor and our Technical Advisor. Pay is from £8.00 - £9.00 per hour depending on experience and qualifications. This is a good long term development opportunity, the previous SI was with us for 8 seasons.

Instructors (12 x Full Season and 6 x Peak Season)

Full season is 4th April – 28th August 2016. The full season starts with 2 intense weeks of paid induction training from highly qualified and experienced staff and covers all the activities we hope you will be able to do.

Peak season  is 9th May to 28th 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 MINIMUM of one NGB assessment 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.

Night Warden-Caretaker: (1 or 2) Full Time Seasonal until 31st October 2016 (extension and contract for 2017 may be possible according to Centre needs)

We are seeking a committed, enthusiastic individual to join our team to support the Centre’s operation during the evenings, including on call during sleeping hours. With a variety of client needs and facilities to care for the successful candidate will need to be able to develop credible and professional relationships with Clients and Staff alike, anticipate and act to ensure great customer service in line with service and emergency protocols. You will be dependable and conscientious, so that you can conduct your duties well without high levels of direct supervision.  Ten hours per shift, and 7 days on, 7 off. ) £7.20/hr  Accommodation is provided for when you are on duty & if you require full time accommodation, a small charge will be made.  We also offer subsidised meals.

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 – 28th Aug 2016)

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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