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Q – How old do I have to be to work for Acorn?
All applicants need to be at least 18 years old and for all senior positions, applicants must be 21 years old. Our staff age range is 18 – 65 years old.
Q – When should I apply?
We begin recruiting for senior positions in October and for all non-senior positions in January with our main operating season running from April - end of August. We advise that, for the best chance of securing a position, you apply between November and January, however, we continue recruiting throughout our season and will accept applications up until July.
Q - What's the recruitment process?
Q – Do I need any qualifications?
At Acorn it doesn’t always matter if you don’t have any qualifications. What matters is that you are passionate about providing young people with an enriching, fun and safe experience in the outdoors. We offer our staff the opportunity to gain qualifications at our pre-season training in mid-March and end of season training in October. For some of our positions we require managers and instructors to hold outdoor activity NGB qualifications, some of the main qualifications we look for are: BC UKCC1/UKCC2, SPA, GNAS/Archery GB, BFA/Go Fencing and RYA SI/DI.
Q – Do I need a DBS check?
Everyone that works for Acorn is required to have a DBS Check. This check costs £44, we will send out a DBS application form in each member of staff's contract pack and will process this for you. You will then be required to send a copy of your DBS via email or post to Head Office when it arrives at your registered address. If your DBS arrives whilst you are on centre your family/friends will need to forward it on to us for you. If you have recently had an Enhanced DBS completed then we may be able to use that for the season; please get in touch with the Recruitment Team for more information on this.
Q – How will I get to my centre?
If you have been contracted to a UK centre then you are required to make your own way there. If you need to use public transport to get to your centre, then we can arrange for you to be picked up from the local train/bus/coach station. If you have been contracted to a centre abroad then you are required to make your way to a UK port (air or ferry) and we will arrange your transport to the centre from there.
Q – How much will I get paid?
Our UK staff are paid in accordance with the National Living Wage guidelines. Food and accommodation is provided and charges apply in accordance with your position. All UK staff are paid four-weekly into their bank account. All Overseas staff are offered an overseas package. This includes a non-UK taxable living allowance paid on centre in euros every week and full board accommodation. An additional bank wage is also paid for certain positions and qualifications (this may be liable to Tax and National Insurance deductions) and uniform is provided. For more information about wages and packages please contact the Recruitment Team.
Q – What type of accommodation will I stay in? Can I choose who I live with?
Camping is at the heart of Acorn Adventure’s mission statement. At Acorn we do not like to create a divide between staff and guests and as such our staff camp on centre - all our positions are live-in for the season. Camping accommodation includes: a raised bed and mattress, hard flooring and electricity. The accommodation arrangements are 2 members of staff per tent, however, senior members of staff will have their own tent. At our Spanish centre staff accommodation is cabin dormitories. At Acorn you may be able to choose who you want to live with for the summer.
Q - Where are the centres?
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
There are three ways you can contact us:
Phone: 01384 398 866
Post: Recruitment Department
Acorn Adventure, 22 Worcester Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1AN
Our office is open Monday-Friday, 08:30-17:30 but if you leave us a message or email outside of these hours we will get back to you.