Jobs in Field Centres
Jobs in Field Centres
Welcome to the BSc
(Hons) Outdoor &
Level 3 Careers Day
Wednesday, 3 October 2001
This PowerPoint Presentation
3OEE Careers Ppt
Introduction: Welcome, PDPs
Finding out about Outdoor Education related jobs
Jobs in Field/Environmental Centres
Considering Higher Degrees and/or Research
Jobs in Outdoor Centres
Preparing for Interviews
JMU Careers Service
Teaching Geography and PGCE Geography courses,
Mr Jim Moore, Liverpool Hope University
Teaching PE and PGCEs in Physical Education
Barbara Walsh, LJMU
Job, Career, the future ?? Why ??
Only 8 months till we finish at JMU…..
• SPA, ML ? WGA ?
Coach Level 2 ? Log
3rd year is 75%
of degree class !!
So why spend today on jobs,
• Take a moment to think why you came to
do a degree ?
• Why this degree ?
• Why Liverpool ?
In 10 months you could be a
So what next ???
Competitive Market ?
What can you offer ??
BSc (Hons) Outdoor &
• Broad based degree with some specialisation
(electives/options) - Geog, PE, Adventure
Therapy, Recreational Ecol, Development
• Lots of transferable skills
• Practical skills in the outdoors, GB Awards
• Field skills
• ICT, presentation skills, communication
So what sort of careers/jobs did
last two years graduates go on to ?
PGCE Sec Geography 6
PGCE Primary 2
PGCE Sec PE 1
PGCE FHE 1
Higher degrees (Masters) 4
Outdoor Centres 5
Environmental Centre 1
Freelance Mountaineer 1
Management Development 1
Armed Forces 1
Travelling year out 5
Raleigh International ? Training Team member
Work in USA
Kayak Guide, Kenya
Young Carers Group Worker, Renfrewshire Council
PGCE Outdoor Education, Bangor
Freelance Mountain Instructor ?
PGCE Physical Education, LJMU
Director of OEd, USA
Estate Angent work
Kayak Guide, Dauphine Alps, France
World Challenge Ldr, Peru
Outdoor Activities instructor, East Lothian DC, PGCE ?
Social Worker (HM Prisons) Outdoor Education
PGCE Geography, L'pool Hope
World Challenge, Crickhowell
Raft Guide, Kenya
PGCE Geography, Keele
Conway Centre. PGCE Primary
Firs t Dest inat ions of 3OEE st udent s (s ubmitted in May 2001)
MSc in Comput er Studies
PGCE Geography /Out door Ed., Univ ersity of Leeds
Not k nown
elling, Canada ?
Y out h Work er at the Wilderness Centre Worc es ters hire
Y ear out : apply f or Primary PGCE f or 2002/3
Ardent inny Outdoor Centre
PGCE Geography at Univ ersity of West of England, Brist ol.
Ardent inny Outdoor Centre
MA Dev elopment Training, Univ ers ity College of St . Martin's , Lanc as ast er (Ambles ide)
MSc Env ironmental Engineering, JMU
MA Dev elopment Training, Univ ers ity College of St . Martin's , Lanc as ast er (Ambles ide) ??
Freelanc e Mountaineer / Dev elopment Training
PGCE Primary , Sunderland
Outward Bound Ins truc tor, Ullswater
Rock St eady : Management Dev elopm ent
Outdoor Ins truc tor, UAE ?
PGCE Liv erpool Hope Univ ersit y (KS1 Primary )
s eek ing env ironment relat ed work
FE College Lec turer in OP: p/ t PGCE in FHE
Roy al Marines Commando
PGCE Geography , Manc hes ter Met ropolitan Univ ersity (Crewe)
Env ironmental based work
Not k nown
Trainee I nst ruct or c ourse, Abernethy Trust , Sc otland
PGCE Geography , Liv erpool Hope Univ ersit y
Outward Bound Ins truc tor, Aberdy f i
So where can you find out what
might be on offer ?
• Start here today: listen to what is said…you
might change you mind in future !!
• JMU Careers Service, Business Bridge
• Fellow students
• Staff, personal tutor
• Email - keep in touch…email me your
new/alternative email address for email list
• Contacts list, Ex- O.Ed Web site/Message
Let family, friends, contacts,
tutors, WBL employer, referees
etc know what you are interested
Times Educational Supplement
Times Higher Educational Supplement
Magazines: Focus, Paddler, High, Summit,
Clean Slate (ATA); New Scientist etc
Your CV, Reference and PDP
By end of Semester 4:
Level 3 Options:
Provisional Dissertation title (and tutor):
Details of Outdoor Education Placement
Short term goals:
Long term goals:
Action plan for Level 3 to ensure meeting these goals:
By 1 April Semester 6:
1. Complete a Curriculum Vitae
(further guidance will be given on how to lay this out and the best methods of
production during a Careers Day in February of Semester 6).
Here is a basic structure you can follow, but the specific content will
depend on the job/course you are applying for.
(full name, address (home and University include post code, tel, Fax, Email address)
Date of birth, Marital status, Dependents, maybe a scanned photo of yourself)
Education & Qualifications
Schools attended (chronological order), Examinations passed giving date,
examination Board and grade attained for each). Include any other academic
courses you have completed before coming to JMU and put your course last
BSc (Hons) Outdoor & Environmental Education (degree classification
expected June 200X))
chronological order – if you have done lots of short jobs you may need to summarise,
prioritise and just give examples.
Outdoor Pursuits, Governing Body of Sport Awards, ICT, Driving, First Aid, etc
Give at least TWO: one will be your academic referee (probably either Programme
Manager or Academic Tutor); the other should be by a person of good standing
who has known you for a long time. Sometimes you might add a third who could
be a past employer.
2. Self-Written Reference
Students Prepare their own self-written reference which
should be a true and honest assessment of their strengths,
abilities, preferences, skills under the following headings:
Professional Skills and Experience
Here is an Example Reference for you to base yours on.
XXX joined our degree course, the B.Sc (Hons) in Outdoor and Environmental
Education at Liverpool John Moores University in September 199X. S/he
entered with ‘A’ level passes in Biology (C); Geography (B), Sports Studies
(D) and General Studies (E). S/he has since proved him/herself to be a
motivated and hard working student, who has produced consistently good
academic work and has increased his/her mean level score year by year
from 54.4% at the end of Year 1 to 56.3 % at the end of Level 2 to 61.03%
at the end of semester 1 in Level 3. S/he is predicted to gain a Class II.i
degree if s/he continues to maintain this standard during this final semester.
S/he undertook an ambitious final year dissertation project in the French Alps
investigating micro-climate on a glacier.
[After final exams marked something like this may be inserted by your tutor:
XXX has scored a mean mark of 59.08 % which is around the II.i/II.ii class
boundary and we will need to await the decision of Programme Assessment
Board on 23 June to know the final degree classification].
A comprehensive list of all modules with their credit rating, mark achieved,
and whether or not referral opportunities were required, is given in the
attached University Transcript
[For those preparing for a PGCE in Geography you may add
At Level 2 s/he chose elective modules in Natural Resource
Management (12 c) and Natural Hazards and Applied
Geomorphology (12 c) and at Level 3 Option Choice modules
were :Environmental Issues, Recreational Ecology & Adventure
Tourism and Glacial & Fluvial Processes which has maximised
the amount of Geography studied in preparation for a teaching
career in Geography)
For those preparing for a PGCE in Physical Education you may add
At Level 2 s/he chose a 24 credit elective module in Physical Education
in which swimming, games, gymnastic and dance were introduced along with the
relevant theory and at Level 3 Option Choice modules were Coaching and Leadership
Behaviour and TWO further Physical education modules – a Community Placement
(20 days) and a module called “Delivering the Physical Education National
Curriculum), which have maximised the amount of Physical Education studied in
preparation for a teaching career in PE)]
Outdoor Pursuits Strengths and Governing Body Awards
XXX is a competent all rounder in his/her outdoor pursuits. During this course s/he
has successfully completed:
Mountain Leader Training Board (MLTB) (Summer) Mountain
Leader Award Training (6-days, Feb./Mar. 199X);
Emergency and Rescue Care First Aid Certificate (2 days, Nov. 199X);
Training course for the MLTB Single Pitch Award SPA (Rock Climbing),
2 days, June 199X);
British Canoe Union 3* Star Test (Apr. 199X),
British Canoe Union Canoe Safety Test (Apr. 199X);
British Canoe Union Level 2 Kayak (Instructor) Training.
University training in orienteering, problem solving, adventurous activities
(Level 1); Winter Mountaineering (4 days, Scotland) skiing (5 days, Scotland)
and caving (5 days, Yorkshire Dales) at Level 2.
The Assessment for the (MLTB) (Summer) Mountain Leader Award is scheduled
for May 200X and the SPA (Rock Climbing) Award Assessment is planned for
[Add here any other Awards you hold]
Professional Strengths and Experience
As part of the Outdoor & Environmental Education courses’ Work Based Placement
module XXX spent three weeks working as a Leader for Brathay Expeditions in the
French Alps during the summer (200x). This gave him/her experience of leading
groups of adults in unfamiliar terrain in the Chamonix area, and on the Tour du Mt
[Those planning to enter teaching should list all experience of working with
children and time spent observing in schools, giving details of what you learned
and why you have the abilities and skills needed to enter the teaching profession.
You may be able to quote something from your WBL Report eg.
S/he enjoyed success in building up relationships with the groups s/he taught.
At all times s/he displayed a good professional manner and his/her timing and
group management were good. His/her school mentor reported that s/he had
"demonstrated that s/he was punctual, professionally dressed, enthusiastic to
become involved and when given the opportunity to do some teaching,s/he
was well prepared and showed an ability to create an effective learning
environment and formed good relationships with both staff and pupils"].
XXX has no health problems and is physically fit. S/he has a very mature, sensible
and professional attitude and the ability to strike up positive relationships with others.
I have always found him/her to be trustworthy, honest and reliable. S/he is punctual
at all times.
Signed: ____________________________ Date: _____________
Jobs in Field Centres
Generally for 'Geographers' and
'Ecologists' (Biologists) with a
keen interest in teaching
academic subject out of doors.
3 main areas to gain employment:
• Field Studies Council (FSC)
• LEA Centres (Environmental)
• Private Centres
Field Studies Council (FSC)
• probably largest most well know single
• Educational Charity 'environmental
understanding for ALL'
• operates 12 Field centres situated in rural
areas each with 4-6 academic staff (~ 60
total) + 7-10 domestic staff
• 65-70% of clients are 'A' level, 20-25%
GCSE, 10 % Adults + some HE &
• good reputation (greater proportion of
students from Independent schools &
• You teach ~ 20 - 25 (6.5 day) weeks per
year (12 hour days) - lecture - field - lab
(max of 3 wks in a row)
• You service other courses i.e. help staff
who teach their own courses
• mainly 'A' level, some GCSE, Adult courses
(Aug) + some HE/Unis.
• Centres close in winter (Nov - end Feb) but
staff still employed:
- help with maintenance
- staff training, Annual Conference
- research and development
- time off (4-5 weeks per yr holiday)
• Usually residential i.e. a room provided +
all meals in return for residential duties 1
night per week)
• Pay - may be slightly lower than school
teaching, TSS pension scheme, some salary
knocked off pay in lieu of food & accom.
• Research & Publication encouraged - small
grants, FSC has its own Publications Unit
• No/v.little pure OP - tied closely to school
• Promotion - Tutor - Senior Tutor - Deputy
Warden - Warden
• Permanent and temporary contracts
• (would usually welcome observers, voluntary
No vacancies at present BUT quite a high staff
turnover so jobs come up quite regularly. About
half staff are qualified teachers. Must have a
Advertise in Times Ed, Ed. Guardian, New
or send a letter + CV to:
Director: Tony Thomas
Central Services Unit,
Field Studies Council,
England SY4 1HW
Tel: 01743 852100
Fax: 01743 852101
Email: [email protected]
• Very similar working conditions to FSC.
Some do OP. More likely to give seasonal /
temporary contracts. i.e. no work, no pay
over winter. No real career structure unless
you want to start up and run your own
• May be private pension scheme, may be
• (e.g. Rheidol Study Centre, mid-Wales;
MID WALES Rheidol Study Centre Field Studies,
Tutors/Instructors required to start a.s.a.p. to teach GCSE
and 'A' level Geography and Env. Studies to residential
students. Candidates should possess relevant academic
qualifications and ideally with teaching experience.
Possession of a clean driving licence is essential. The
Centre also runs a wide range of Out-door Pursuits and
Development Training courses. A willingness and ability
to instruct on these, would be an advantage. The posts are
residential with single room accomm. only with full board.
Please apply by letter giving full details of qualifications and
experience to: The Director, Rheidol Study Centre,
Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth SY23 3EX
• Must have QTS (i.e. have done a PGCE).
Teach pupils from the LEA: Primary - 'A'
level. Mainly teach in School Terms.
Geography, Biology, may be some OP.
• holidays as for teachers (12-13 weeks)
• pay as for school teachers
• evening work occasionally (eg 1 per week),
occasional weekend work
• more and more contract out to freelance
• Almost always employ teachers with school
experience (2 yrs +) or other experience
(like FSC, other centres)
• Jobs advertised in Times Ed., Ed. Guardian
or write to LEA and express interest
Edgemond Hall Residential
Frank Chapman Centre
Hothersall Lodge OE Centre
The Wilderness Centre
ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT! - Newlands Adventure Centre - location: Keswick,
We are keen to finalise our small team of instructors for the 2001
We would particularly like to hear from Level 2 Canoe & Kayak coaches.
If you are available from April to October, hold a minimum of 2 National
Governing Body coaching awards, a first aid certificate and have
experience of living and working in a residential outdoor centre then
send a copy of your cv with a covering letter to
Newlands Adventure Centre
Telephone: 017687 78463
email [email protected]
NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Instructor of Outdoor Education Whitby, North Yorkshire
NORTH YORKSHIRE EDUCATION AUTHORITY
OUTDOOR EDUCATION SERVICE
Instructor of Outdoor Education at East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre
Initially appointment is from April 2001 to 31 August 2002
Wanted, enthusiastic person, ideally with a background and experience in
outdoor education. A clean driving licence, with a minimum of four years
experience, is essential.
Further details and application form from: East Barnby OEC, East Barnby,
Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3SA
Tel 01947 893333 Fax 01947 893467/893119
email [email protected] - Closing date for applications 16 March 2001
EAST BARNBY OEC, WADES LANE
EAST BARNBY, WHITBY, NORTH YORKSHIRE Postcode: YO21 3SA
Tel 01947 893333
Any Questions ?
Why Opt For Post Graduate
• Approximately 20% of Liverpool John Moores
graduates progressed to post graduate study and
research programmes in 2000 (1 in 5)
• in 2001, 4 from 28 OEE graduate did (14%)
• over 16 000 courses currently available in the
• Early planning and research together with a
realistic assessment of your suitability for further
study are vital.
Why opt for further study?
• Intellectual challenge. You may find your subject area
stimulating and wish to continue studying in more
• To train for your chosen profession e.g., teaching,
• To develop new skills. You may have the desire to
develop specialist skills required for particular career
areas e.g. I.T., Development Training,
• To enhance your employability prospects. The Higher
Education Statistics Agency (HESA) cite a 2%
unemployment rate in the first year after graduation for
post graduates compared to 5% for new graduates.
• To delay making a decision about your future
career: mistake !!
• To study abroad. An attractive option to many but
you will need plenty of motivation and
resourcefulness as there may be language,
financial and cultural difficulties to overcome
• discuss your plans for further study with course
tutors - may have links/contacts with research
Further information, as well as help and advice is available in the Careers
Development Centre especially if you have any queries not covered by the above.
Regular career sessions are held on a range of topics including post graduate study –
see www.livjm.ac.uk/careers .
Useful on-line sources of information include:
Further study section.
www.hero.ac.uk (Higher Education and Research opportunities in the U.K)
Range of useful reference material available at the Careers Development Centre
AGCAS booklet, Postgraduate Study and Research,
Prospects Postgraduate Directory,
Hobsons Postgrad 20001
The UK Research Councils
Natural Environment Research Council
NERC believes that students usually benefit from a
move to a different institution after undergraduate
training, and strongly encourages this
PhD - £8000
Masters - £7144
Economic & Social Research Council
Preparing for and Being
• DO Background research on organisation:
www, brochures, talk to other
• DO practice answering typical questions to
• Regardless of the questions they ask, what
most really want to know is how well you'll
fit into the team
• DO Remember that attire, body language
and manners count, big time.
We've all been interviewed for jobs. And, we've all spent
most of those interviews thinking about what not to do.
Don't bite your nails. Don't fidget. Don't interrupt.
If we did any of the don'ts, we knew we'd disqualify ourselves
instantly. But some job applicants go light years beyond this.
A survey of top personnel executives of 100 major
American corporations turned up these stories of unusual
behaviour by job applicants.
• 4. "... asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel
executive was qualified to judge the candidate."
• 5. "... announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a
hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office - wiping
the ketchup on her sleeve".
• 6. "Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his
loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm."
• 7. "Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering
specific interview questions."
• 8. "When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started
tap dancing around my office."
• 12. "While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant
took out a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos
only, stopping longest at the centerfold.”
• 13. "During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the
candidate's brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologised
and said he had to leave for another interview.”
• 14. "A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from
his wife. His side of the conversation went like this: "Which
company? When do I start? What's the salary?" I said, "I
assume you're not interested in conducting the interview any
further." He promptly responded, "I am as long as you'll pay me
more. "I didn't hire him, but later found out there was no other
job offer. It was a scam to get a higher offer."
15. "His attaché [case] opened when he picked it up and the
contents spilled, revealing ladies’ undergarments and assorted
makeup and perfume."
• DO Remember, it's a two-way street. It's the
employer's chance to judge you, but it's also
very much your chance to judge the
• DON’T discuss salary AT the interview
USUALLY - wait till you’re offered the job,