Why work for Acorn?

Acorn Adventure Recruitment

Why work for Acorn Adventure?


When you hold an acorn in your hand, it is sometimes hard to imagine how that small seed can grow into a flourishing oak tree. Since its inception, Acorn Adventure has had children’s educational, social and personal developments at its roots, and has gone from strength to strength.

Here’s how our story began… In 1982, Andrew Gardiner, a secondary school teacher, arranged for a group of his pupils to go on an adventure holiday to Tal-y-Bont, in North Wales. During this trip, Andrew noticed that the simple experience of camping together with real adventure activities was invaluably beneficial to his pupils’ self-esteem, confidence and responsibility. With this simple concept at its heart, Andrew began to look further afield for locations that would appeal to teachers wanting to inspire their pupils too. Acorn Adventure is now operating eight camps across the UK, France, Italy and Spain; and Andrew is still very much involved in the business as our Chairman.

At the heart of Acorn’s business is our staff. You will be directly motivating and encouraging our schools, groups and families with outdoor activities and entertainment. At Acorn, we value our staff because we know that without you, our business wouldn’t be as successful as it is today.

As such, we believe that we should give something back. We believe that our staff have the potential to further their career in the outdoor industry and we provide our staff with the opportunity to develop themselves by offering a range of NGB courses throughout our season. At Acorn it doesn’t matter if you come to us without qualifications, we will help you get to where you want to be. All that matters is that you are passionate about what you do, whether that’s entertaining children; preparing fresh, healthy food or instructing sessions in a natural setting.

Our “village” concept is unique. The Acorn village typically consists of around 16 tents facing in to a village ‘square’ and a marquee for meeting and eating. The Acorn village is specifically designed to provide the perfect setting to develop a strong sense of community and encourage team spirit. We strongly believe that the camping element within an adventure trip significantly enhances the outdoor experience, helps young people take more responsibility for themselves, and is also, of course, great fun.

Jobs At Acorn

AcI

Activity Instructor

Location: UK, France, Italy and Spain
Job Type: Seasonal

Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and evening entertainment programmes to our guests. We are looking for dynamic people who work well in a team and are also happy to get involved in other aspects of centre life, from cleaning and serving at meal times to site work. Both qualified and non-qualified positions available.

View Job

CenMan

Activity Manager

Location: France and Spain
Job Type: Seasonal

The Activity Manager role is ideal for an experienced senior activity instructor with a proven supervisory background looking to progress in the outdoor industry. Your leadership and organisational qualities will be tested to the full as you will be responsible for the instructional staff team, their training and monitoring and the safe, effective delivery of the activity programmes at the centre.

View Job

SIn

Senior Instructor

Location: UK, France and Spain
Job Type: Seasonal

These roles are ideal for experienced activity instructors with a proven supervisory background. Senior Activity Instructors who will be responsible for the delivery of activity sessions to our guests at our centres in the UK, France, Italy & Spain.

View Job

SenI

Senior Dinghy Instructor

Location: Spain
Job Type: Seasonal

This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody with their Senior Dinghy Instructor qualification who is looking for a Senior Instructor or Activity Manager position.

View Job

Canoe

River Leader

Location: Ardeche Region, Southern France
Job Type: Seasonal

Our River Leaders will be working on the Ardeche River leading bivouac sessions to our guests under the guidance of the Head of Paddlesports. This role requires UKCC1 and 4* Canoe qualifications.

View Job

CenMan

Centre Manager

Location: Positions now filled - please get in touch to discuss other suitable roles
Job Type: Seasonal

As the Centre Manager you will ensure that the centre runs in accordance with all of Acorn Adventure’s policies and procedures. You will be required to continuously monitor all aspects of the centre, to include activities, catering & customer services.

Position Filled

ViMs

Village Manager

Location: France and Spain
Job Type: Seasonal

The Village Manager manages the Village team and delivers exceptional customer service to all the guests. This role is Acorn’s version of a holiday rep and is a hands on role involving a bit of everything of everyday camp life and even getting involved in some of the activities!

View Job

Adm

Administrator

Location: France and Spain
Job Type: Seasonal

The Administrator is an integral member of each senior team and manages the Centre office. The position involves monitoring the Acorn shop (or equivalent retail outlet), ensuring all paperwork is updated, producing reports and monitoring budgets. NB: Relevant Language Skills are required for our overseas centres.

View Job

CenMan

Head Village Manager

Location: Position now filled - please get in touch to discuss other suitable roles
Job Type: Seasonal

The Head Village Manager manages the other Village Managers on centre and is responsible for ensuring that all guests have a smooth and successful trip or holiday with us.

Position Filled

GA

General Assistant

Location: Positions now filled, please get in touch to discuss other suitable roles
Job Type: Seasonal

General Assistants are absolutely essential for ensuring the daily operation of an Acorn Adventure centre. This is a varied role to include catering, cleaning and basic site duties.

Position Filled

DGP

Driver/Grounds Person

Location: Savane, South France
Job Type: Seasonal

One of the main responsibilities of this job is to drive Acorn vehicles as and when required, for example, transporting passengers (guests and staff) to activity locations by minibus or transporting kit and equipment in vehicles and trailers. Another key duty is general site maintenance, including strimming.

View Job

Catering

Catering Manager

Location: Brecon and France
Job Type: Seasonal

This is a fantastic opportunity to work at an activity based adventure camp and build on your experience, taking charge of your own kitchen and team of catering staff! You will oversee the provision of three well-balanced wholesome meals a day for between 150 and 300 guests and staff depending on which centre you are based at.

View Job

Catering

Cook

Location: Wales and France
Job Type: Seasonal

An Acorn Cook prepares, cooks and monitors three well-balanced wholesome meals a day. Our Cooks cater for between 150 and 300 guests (depending on the centre) and staff.

View Job

Catering

Kitchen Assistant

Location: Wales, France and Italy
Job Type: Seasonal

The Kitchen Assistant is a crucial role in an Acorn Kitchen. Our KA’s will assist in the Centre’s catering operation and delivery of meals and will ensure that all cooking utensils, surfaces and areas are washed and cleaned and fruit, vegetables and meat are prepared.

View Job

CenMan

Food and Retail Manager

Location: Position now filled - please get in touch to discuss other suitable roles.
Job Type: Seasonal

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and target driven Food & Retail manager for our Savane centre in the beautiful region of Southern France. As the Food & Retail Manager you would be responsible for the co-ordinating the operation of the onsite retail and bar outlets.

Position Filled

FR

Food and Retail/General Assistant

Location: Positions now filled - please get in touch to discuss other suitable roles.
Job Type: Seasonal

The Food and Retail/General Assistant delivers excellent customer service in the bar unit in our Savane centre. For these positions we look for confident and bubbly applicants to create a real ‘buzz’ at the bar! Aside from working on the bar you will also help out with the day to day upkeep of the Savane centre including cleaning the showers & toilets and the general housekeeping of the centre.

Position Filled

To apply for a position with Acorn Adventure:


1. Complete our simple online application form by clicking on APPLY NOW, attach your CV, hit send and we will be in touch over the coming weeks should we wish to organise an interview with you.

OR

2. Email us at  jobs@acornadventure.co.uk and attach your CV. Include your contact address and telephone number and we will then be in touch soon after.


APPLY NOW

 

Applications from Overseas Residents

We positively promote applications from overseas!
In order to work with us, you will need the following documents:
  • A UK bank account
  • A work visa or permit
  • National Insurance Number
  • Overseas Police Check Certificate or Certificate of Good Conduct from the police station local to where you have been living
Please note: We will be unable to take your application further before they have been obtained. We are unable to apply for a work visa/permit on behalf of an applicant.

For more information on Visa applications please visit: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Working for Acorn Adventure

You've now hopefully got all the information on working for Acorn, but what's it actually like?

This video will give you an insight into day to day life and what to expect when working for us.

Useful Documents

Here are some useful documents for all staff members!

01384 398 870

info@acornadventure.co.uk

Acorn Adventure

22 Worcester Street,

Stourbridge,

West Midlands DY8 1AN

Licenced ATOL Operator Adventure Mark Adventure Activities Licensing Authority British Safety Council Royal Yachting Association - Training Centre Institute for Outdoor Learning Association of British Travel Agents BCU-01