All Robinwood appointments are permanent jobs with year-round employment.
Our investment in staff means we have fantastic teams and a great place to work. This in turn means we have very high levels of recommendation and re-booking for our courses.
Many of our current staff have been working at Robinwood for 8 years or more and have progressed through a series of promotions to senior instructor and manager positions, on salaries of £24,000 or more.
We operate promotion from within at Robinwood. Everyone starts as a group leader.
A job at Robinwood is great fun. The awards we hold provide independent recognition of what a great place to work Robinwood is. Most people choose a job at Robinwood because of the lifestyle and job satisfaction. It also a very worthwhile job; making a really positive difference developing children.
We place a lot of focus on staff wellbeing and work life balance. Although in the outdoor industry many jobs involve very high hours and limited time off, we offer a normal working week, with regular days off and reasonable hours worked.
Robinwood staff turnover is just under 20%.
Our staff retention levels are testament to the standards we achieve. The average level of staff turnover at Robinwood is just under 20%.
The average age of group leader team staff at Robinwood is 28.
Everyone is really friendly and the sites are great places to be outdoors
Each day is always different and always so much fun
One of the best things is sunny days at the lake any time of the year
It’s a place where inspiration flows
Supporting my colleagues and seeing them succeed at developing children and themselves. This is what drives my motivation for work. At Robinwood we all aim to support each other through our days here
The range of challenges you face keeps you on your toes
Ideas and skills are encouraged to develop activities and It’s great seeing a project finished and being enjoyed by children and staff
It’s a great alternative to sitting in an office
Each day is varied with different experiences all the time, the challenges keep the role I’m in interesting and as a bonus I have made lifelong friends
No two days are ever the same – the kids keep it interesting!
Even after a 12 hour shift I go home smiling
It’s more play than work and you really do make a positive difference to so many young people’s lives. Just such a happy and rewarding environment
Work at Robinwood is very different for many other jobs and people choosing to work for Robinwood often do this as a lifestyle choice.
The staff teams include a lot of like-minded people who love working with children and working in the outdoors. A job at Robinwood includes what many people are the best bits of a teaching job; working with groups of children, but without a lot of the extra responsibility and challenges that are involved with teaching today. We have a lot of trained teachers now working at Robinwood centres and they make excellent group leaders.
A job at Robinwood involves running activity sessions that children love, which at the same time help them to develop in many different ways. This both worthwhile and very rewarding.
The fact that staff teams include people with similar interests means that there are nearly always Robinwood staff to do activities and/or socialise with outside of work, if that is what you want to do.
This can be on activities organised by Robinwood or on things independently organised by groups of staff.
Robinwood centres are closed during school holidays so we also offer a life style with the vast majority of school holidays off. It’s quite common for groups of staff to go off travelling or to take part in holidays or expeditions together over school holidays.
There are many others who just enjoy their life outside Robinwood, during the school holiday breaks from work.
All Robinwood staff have a ‘normal working week’ with the same days off each week.
Taking account of staff feedback, we now offer the option of 3 day, 4 day or 5 day contracts to ensure a good work life balance can be achieved at a level that works best for each individual. The majority of Robinwood jobs involve working weekdays only.
3 day, 4 day and 5 day contract options
All jobs involve 6 weeks of paid holiday but as a result of working higher hours during busy operational periods, more time off is given. Groups leaders get most school holidays off amounting to at least 12 weeks off each year.
School holidays off
On a 5 day contract work group leaders work an average of 33 hours per week, over the course of a year calendar year, but typically around 40 hours a week during busy operational periods. This enable more weeks off through the year.
We also offer 3 day contracts and 4 day contracts with a similar increase in hours during operational periods to enable at least 12 weeks off through the year.
On a 3 day contract staff generally work an average of 22 hpw, but increase to around 26.5 hpw during busy operational periods. On a 4 day contract staff generally work an average of 30 hpw, but increase to around 36 hpw during busy operational periods.
As well as group leading, staff do a number of additional duties including night duties, sitework days, wake-up and bedtime shifts, and some cleaning shifts.
Staff on 3 day contracts would not be allocated night duty shifts.
Our vision at Robinwood is to make a really positive difference developing children – one of the most worthwhile things that anyone can do in a job! We hope that by listening to staff and investing in their development we can make a positive difference in the lives of those who work for the company.
Robinwood runs various schemes and events with the aim of supporting various charitable causes and the local community.
Everyone who works at Robinwood starts work as a group leader, regardless of their previous experience.
As well as group leading, staff do a number of additional duties including night duties, sitework days, wake-up and bedtime shifts, and some catering shifts. For committed staff with the right qualities there are great career development opportunities for promotion to many positions through the company right up to manager level.
We have an open-minded policy on staff appointments and our values-based selection process means that if you are a positive, enthusiastic and caring person who can really inspire the children we work with, and you would like to be part of an award-winning team, we would very much welcome an application from you!
Simply complete our quick contact form on the next page and one of our team will be in touch to continue our easy application process.