Why work for Acorn?

Acorn Adventure Recruitment

Why work for Acorn Adventure?

At the heart of Acorn’s business is our staff, you are the front-line role models for our guests and we know that without you, our business wouldn’t be what it is today.

As such, we believe that we should give something back. We love to help our staff achieve their potential in the outdoor industry by providing opportunities to develop with NGB courses and through multiple pathways for progression during your Acorn career. 

At Acorn it doesn’t always matter if you come to us without qualifications, we will help you get to where you want to be. Our priority is finding staff that are passionate about what they do, whether that’s entertaining children; preparing fresh, healthy food or instructing sessions in a fantastic natural setting.

Jobs At Acorn - Now recruiting for 2020!

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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Locations: UK, France and Spain 
Requirements: UKCC1 Paddlesports Coach, 2*/3*/4* canoe/kayak, SPA/RCI, GNAS/Archery GB, BFA/Go Fencing

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.

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Catering

Kitchen Assistant

Kitchen Assistant

Locations: Wales and France
Requirements: No experience necessary

The Kitchen Assistant is a crucial role in an Acorn Kitchen. Our KA’s assist with the preparation and delivery of meals and ensure that all cooking utensils, surfaces and areas are clean and tidy.

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General Assistant

General Assistant

Location: Wales
Requirements: No experience necessary

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

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DGP

Driver/Grounds Person

Driver/Grounds Person

Location: Savane, South France
Requirements: Full UK driving licence and experience of grounds keeping  

One of the main responsibilities of this job is to drive and maintain 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 and grounds keeping, including strimming.

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Bar and Entertainment/General Assistant

Bar and Entertainment/General Assistant

Location: Savane, South France
Requirements: No experience necessary

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 showers & toilets and general housekeeping.

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Catering

Cook

Cook

Locations: Wales and France
Requirements: Experience of cooking including bulk catering, dietary needs and keeping kitchen records 

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.

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Canoe

River Leader

River Leader

Location: Savane, Ardeche Region, South France
Requirements: UKCC1 Paddlesports Coach, 4* canoe

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.

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ViMs

Village Manager

Village Manager

Locations: Wales, France and Spain
Requirements: Experience of customer service, working with children and team leading

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!

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Head of River

Head of River

Location: Savane, Ardeche Region, South France
Requirements: UKCC2 Paddlesports Coach, 4* Canoe

The Head of Paddlesports (Ardeche River) assists the Activity Manager in delivering safe activities to all guests, managing the Paddlesports team and delivering any training that may be required. This role requires UKCC2 Paddlesports Coach and 4* canoe qualifications. 

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SI

Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

Locations: Wales, France and Spain
Requirements: UKCC2 Paddlesports Coach and/or SPA/RCI assessed

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.

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Administrator

Administrator

Locations: France
Requirements: Relevant language for the country you would be based in, full UK driving licence

The Administrator is an integral member of each senior team and manages the Centre office. The position involves monitoring the Acorn shop, ensuring all paperwork is updated, producing reports and monitoring budgets. 

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CenMan

Bar and Entertainment Manager

Bar and Entertainment Manager

Location: Savane, South France
Requirements: Experience of staff management, stock control and customer service

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 will be responsible for co-ordinating the operation of the onsite retail and bar outlet.

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Head ViM

Head Village Manager

Head Village Manager

Locations: Wales and Savane
Requirements: Experience of customer service, staff management and team leading with strong organisational skills

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.

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Activity Manager

Activity Manager

Locations: Wales, France and Spain
Requirements: UKCC2 Paddlesports Coach and/or SPA/RCI assessed

The Activity Manager role is ideal for an experienced senior Activity Instructor with a proven supervisory background looking to progress in the outdoor industry. You will be responsible for the instructional staff team and the safe, effective delivery of the activity programmes at the centre.

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Catering

Catering Manager

Catering Manager

Locations: Wales and France
Requirements: Experience of kitchen management including budgeting, stock control cooking and leading a team

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.

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CenMan

Centre Manager/Assistant Centre Manager

Centre Manager/Assistant Centre Manager

Locations: UK, France and Spain
Requirements: Experience of operational management in an outdoors setting

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, including activities, catering & customer service.

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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 if you are successful in getting to the interview stage.


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Alternatively,
2. Email us at  jobs@acornadventure.co.uk and attach your CV, including your availability and telephone number and we will then be in touch soon after.

Overseas applicants

We positively promote applications from overseas. However, you must obtain a UK bank account, work visa or permit and a national insurance number to work in the UK. 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

If you are a non-UK resident then you need to supply an Overseas Police Check Certificate or Certificate of Good Conduct from the police station local to where you have been living. All applicants must be able to provide us with a National Insurance number and a UK bank account.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 – How long is the season?
Our main season runs from early April - late August. We aim for the majority of our senior staff to start in April and have staggered start dates available throughout the season for the rest of the team. We can be fairly flexible with working around things such as winter jobs and university but generally require staff to be available for a minimum of 2 months.

Q – When should I apply?
We begin recruiting in October and with our main operating season running from April - end of August. We advise applying between November-January, for the best chance of securing a position, however, we continue recruiting throughout our season and will accept applications up until July.

Q - What's the recruitment process?

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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. Some  positions require managers and instructors to hold outdoor activity NGB qualifications, such as: BC UKCC1/UKCC2/Paddlesport Instructor, SPA/RCI, GNAS/Archery GB, BFA/Go Fencing.

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 or airport and we will arrange your transport to the centre from there.

Q – How much will I get paid?
Our staff are paid in accordance with the National Minimum/Living Wage guidelines. Food and accommodation are available on site along with an optional service package. All wages are paid monthly into your bank account. For more information about wages and packages please contact the Recruitment Team.

Q – What uniform do I need?
We provide the top half of uniform for you consisting of 3 t-shirts, a hoody and a waterproof jacket. The bottom half needs to be plain, dark trousers or shorts.

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 don't like to create a divide between staff and guests and as such we offer all our staff a full-board package option to camp on centre. 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 usually 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?

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Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions or need any further information.

There are three ways you can contact us:
Email: jobs@acornadventure.co.uk
Phone: 01384 398866
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.

You can also get in touch via our Facebook page Acorn Adventure Recruitment or on Twitter @Acorn_Recruit.

Working for Acorn Adventure

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Acorn Adventure

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West Midlands DY8 1AN

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