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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 call us on 017687 72005, or email us at

Current Vacancies

Administrator (37 hrs per week)

Salary: £18,795- £19,171

We are looking for an Administrator to work with colleagues in a small team to provide administration for all areas of Derwent Hill’s operation including finance, marketing, sales, bookings and course delivery.

The ideal candidate will be a good communicator, well organised with excellent attention to detail and highly computer literate with expertise in MS Office applications, particularly Word, Excel and Outlook.

We are keen to match the job to the skills of the successful candidate so although we are looking for an “all-rounder” in terms of administrative skills, knowledge and experience, we are interested to hear from candidates who have specialist skills, particularly in financial and marketing administration.

In return, we provide an excellent benefits package including local government pension scheme and flexible working arrangements.

If you would like to discuss the post please contact Derwent Hill on 017687 72005 (opening times are 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday).

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

Application Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 29th March 2020
Please note that if this vacancy attracts a high number of applicants, we will close applications early and without notice.

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.

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 £110 per day with additional payments for evening work).

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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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