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Outdoor & Adventure Development Manager

  • Job Location

    Scouts Scotland, Fordell Firs, Hillend, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland KY11 7HQ

  • Start date

    Closing Date 12 noon 31 January & Interviews 8 February

  • Duration


  • Job Benefits

    £32,000 a year - Full Time - Permanent


Much of our outdoor learning and adventure programme is delivered under our Scout Adventures brand. As part of a UK network, we currently operate three Scout Adventure centres that deliver outdoor learning, adventurous experiences and residential programmes to both our own members and a range of partners, including schools and other youth charities. Our centres also offer training, advice and support to our amazing adult leaders and we are increasingly delivering training to teachers.

We are seeking an Outdoor & Adventure Development Manager to manage our Fordell Firs centre. Overseeing the day-to-day operations of an experienced team, this role will:

  • Expand our offer to members (both our young people and adult leaders) and the education sector through the development of new products and training programmes, and grow our business to enable us to support more young people and adult leaders;

  • Further develop our site and accommodation to ensure we offer a great guest experience and are seen as an exemplar site;

  • Ensure our activities are delivered to the required safety and quality standards.

    As a member of the Scout Adventures Scotland management team, this role will also have a wider brief supporting development work across all three of our centres, as well as Scouts Scotland, and its 50,000 members, more generally. This work will be guided and driven by the new Scout Adventures Scotland operational plan, which will be developed and implemented in early 2018.

    Stemming from the new Scouts Scotland strategy, the Scout Adventures Scotland operational plan will set out the key aims and objectives for the development and growth of our outdoor and adventure programme, delivered both through our centres and beyond. The Outdoor & Adventure Development Manager will help to shape this plan and will play a key role in helping to deliver it.

    This is an exciting stage in our progress and we are seeking someone with the knowledge and enthusiasm to help us shape our plans.



  • Extensive knowledge of the outdoor learning/education environment (E)
  • Good knowledge of the Third Sector in Scotland (D)
  • Good understanding of Scouts Scotland (D) and Scout Activity Centres (D)
  • Good knowledge of AALA requirements (E)
  • Good knowledge of NGB requirements (E)
  • Good understanding of Health & Safety in relation to adventurous activities, site and building management (E)
  • Good knowledge of Safeguarding in relation to working with children and vulnerable people (E)
  • Experience of line management (E)
  • Experience of working at an outdoor education centre or Scouting activity centre, or equivalent experience (E)
  • Proven track record of meeting and exceeding income targets within budgeted experience (D)
  • Financially literate with commercial acumen and the ability to plan and manage budgets (E)
  • Good communications skills including, ability to represent Scouts Scotland to external audiences, develop networks and develop relationships with clients and potential clients (E)
  • Ability to work, plan and prioritise under pressure (E)
  • Customer relations experience (D)
  • A current driving licence (E)
  • Good IT skills (E)
  • Management qualification (D)
  • Relevant NGB qualifications (D)
  • Education related qualification (e.g. Outdoor Learning; Learning for Sustainability) (D)


An empathy with the aims and values of Scouts Scotland (E).  These are Integrity, Respect, Care, Belief, Cooperation (more information on our website)

Someone who asks ‘what if’, who is led by evidence, who enjoys achieving with others, and is passionate about developing a culture which has these elements at its heart (E).

Willingness to work unsociable hours as operations require which may include short periods away from home (E)



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