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Jobs and other opportunities at Derwent Hill

Derwent Hill is a busy, friendly Outdoor Education Centre set in idyllic surroundings in Portinscale, just outside Keswick, in Cumbria.

We provide high quality residential outdoor education courses for schools, colleges and youth groups as well as corporate training, team building events and group accommodation for adults.

Our approach is based on professional informality, and we pride ourselves on our flexibility, homely atmosphere, good food and inspiring setting.

If you would like an informal chat about our current vacancies or about working at Derwent Hill, please email us at [email protected].

Current Vacancies

Apprentice Outdoor Education Tutor 

We are seeking to appoint two individuals with the aptitude and ability to undertake a Level 3 apprentice programme, in partnership with Kendal College. The role involves both on and off the job training and gaining experience as an Outdoor Education Tutor. 

Job Title:  Apprentice Outdoor Education Tutor
Location:  Derwent Hill, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5RD
Duration of post:  up to 15 months
Salary:  National Minimum Wage for apprentices: £6.39 per hour (18-20yrs) 

Hours of work:  37 hours per week over 5 days, including weekend and Bank Holiday working
In addition to working with groups in the outdoors, you will contribute to a rota of evening and overnight on-call duties for which Board and Lodging in single rooms is provided free of charge as Apprentices are expected to live in. 

Closing date: 22nd September 2023 

Apprentices are expected to live onsite and be a minimum of 18 years on their start date.


  • Learn and develop the necessary skills and experience to deliver safe, high quality outdoor education and training courses for children, young people and adults 
  • Gain great experience of working in a number of different areas within an Outdoor Education Centre, including maintaining outdoor equipment & supporting venue staff 
  • Get support to achieve a Level 3 qualification in Activity Leadership 
  • National Governing Body training and assessment courses included 
  • Receive In house training and development 
  • Board and Lodging in single rooms – free of charge in return for programmed morning, evening and overnight duties

 Appling for the post 

Applications should be made via Apprentice Outdoor Education Tutor – Sunderland City Council – North East Jobs 

Please note that CV’s are not acceptable. 

Application closing date:  5th October 2023

Interviews to be held approximately a week later with the intention of an early start date. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  Derwent Hill safeguards students & staff by being committed to Sunderland Safeguarding Board procedures. 

All communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered online with North East Jobs, including your invitation to any online assessment you are required to undertake and your invitation to interview if you are short-listed.  Please check your email inbox regularly for notifications as you may not be notified by any other means.  Please remember to check your junk mail items. 

Please be advised that if you have not heard from us two weeks after the closing date you should assume you have not been shortlisted. 


General Assistant (Permanent Variable Hours) 

Various hours are available including some evenings and weekends 

 Salary: £11.18 per hour and a holiday plusage payment of 15% 

The role of general assistant is varied and flexible and includes the cleaning of the centre, general housework, bar duties and the service of meals.

As part of Sunderland City Council, we offer excellent terms and conditions, including a generous local government pension.  

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 

Derwent Hill safeguards students and staff by being committed to Sunderland Safeguarding Board procedures. 

If you would like to discuss the post please contact Julie Wiltshire at Derwent Hill on 017687 72005 (opening times are 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday). 

To apply for this post, please go to the North east jobs portal:  

PVH General Assistant – Sunderland City Council – North East Jobs

Associate Tutors (Freelance)

We are interested in hearing from freelance tutors who are passionate about outdoor education and training to join our established team. You must be able to work on your own initiative and with a variety of different clients including school pupils of all ages and recreational groups. The centre is open seven days a week with a greater concentration of available work at weekends. You should be available for periods of work throughout the year, particularly between April and October, and to undergo a period of induction. As an Associate Tutor you must be registered self-employed and have your own indemnity insurance.

In return, we offer a great working environment with competitive rates of pay (currently £120 per day with additional payments for evening work).

Please send your CV to [email protected]


Mountain Walking Leader Award (Summer)
Single Pitch Award
UK CC or BCU level 2 in both canoe and kayak (please get in touch if you have other paddle-sport qualifications)
Minibus driving entitlement (D1 or PCV)
Indemnity insurance for £5 million

Mountain Leader Winter
BCU level 3 in either canoe or kayak
RYA Dinghy Instructor
Safety Boat Award
MIDAS (or similar)


Common venues in the Borrowdale area
Planning and reviewing activities


Working with young people in Outdoor Education
Using high and low ropes courses and problem solving apparatus

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