Join the New Forest Activities team!

Work with New Forest Activities


From outdoor instructors to members of the office team, we offer a variety of job roles and opportunities that are available to enthusiastic and friendly people who would like to join our busy team.

Each year we recruit seasonal staff and run apprenticeship schemes to give successful candidates an opportunity to learn on the job and develop their career. We also look for people who can bring something special to the team for our full time and permanent roles.

Current Vacancies

Join the fun in The Forest. New Forest Activities are signing up outdoor instructors for the 2021 season.

We are looking for both part-time and full-time activity instructors, starting in March/April until October 2021. You’ll work alongside our senior staff, apprentices and office team to deliver outstanding activities to our customers. We are based in Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest National Park.

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide accommodation for this position.

All our staff benefit from:

  • Supportive colleagues with years of experience in the industry, all working in a small business
  • Having a clear progression and training plan to help to grow their potential
  • Working in beautiful and exclusive environments, which provide a real sense of being close to nature
  • Access to some of our equipment and venues for training and fun, with friends and family discounts, so others can join the fun.

If you’re great with people, hold some industry qualifications and wish to work in The New Forest, check out the two options of work below:

  • Full Time – 6-month contract to start in April 2021 (40 hrs per week). (Middle of March start may be required for training).
  • Part-Time – Weekend & Summer work. Top up your working week with 1 or 2 days a week working in the great outdoors. Ideal for those studying or working elsewhere during the week.

What you’ll need:

We are looking for motivated and honest people to join our team. You’ll deliver a range of outdoor activities around The New Forest. Successful candidates will have some of the following:

  • First Aid Award
  • Paddlesports Instructor (Level 1 BC Coach)
  • Bushcraft Experience
  • BC Personal Performance Award (British Canoe 3* Canoe or Kayak (PPA Canoe or Kayak))
  • British Canoe Coach (Level 2 Coach)
  • ERCA High Ropes Certification
  • ERCA Low Ropes Certification
  • Archery Coach
  • Cycling Guide & Bike Maintenance
  • Experience working with groups in the outdoors

Approx 80% of the Instructor position will be customer-facing; customer service, group management and dealing with clients. 20% of your time you’ll be sorting out equipment, sites and resources for our customers.

How do I get involved?

If you think you’re right for either the part-time work or you’d like to apply for a Summer contract, contact Steve on the email below. We will check references and organise an informal interview either in person or over the phone. You’ll need to complete our in house training to top up any awards you may have. Depending on the value you offer when you start, this period is negotiable in terms of both duration and remuneration.

We pay the National Living Wage for activity leaders. Currently, this is £8.72 per hour + statutory holiday entitlements. You’ll be required to work weekends as standard.

About us

New Forest Activities provide activities for a wide range of customers from families to businesses. The company has been going for over 15 years and we have a great reputation, with many customers returning year on year. The New Forest is a busy National Park and our activities take in this stunning environment to deliver outstanding experiences.

We are also looking for part time activity assistants. Perfect for weekend work for those 16-18 looking to develop their experience, ability and gain some qualifications. In this role, you’ll assist the lead instructors to help deal with the volume of customers we get during busy periods of the year.

How do I apply?

If you would like to put yourself forward for an interview or to find out more contact

Start your adventure in the great outdoors!

At New Forest Activities we offer an Outdoor Instructor Apprentice scheme lasting 12 months. Each year we give three lucky people a kick start into the fabulous world of outdoor activities.

What you’ll need:

We are looking for motivated and honest young people. We can take both school leavers and those a bit older and wiser looking for a new opportunity. Being over 18 will be an advantage as many of the awards are not valid until you reach this age. We do take one 16-year-old each year. You’ll need:

  • Key skills at C or above. This can be done alongside your placement
  • Be fit enough to take on the role of an activity leader
  • You’ll need to be a motivated, honest and confident person
  • Experience in outdoor activities will be an advantage

You’ll be expected to become a strong member of our activities team, we are looking for motivated people with a passion for the outdoors. 80% of any instructor position will be customer-facing; customer service, group management and dealing with clients will be key areas of the position.


What’s involved?

You’ll complete a level 3 Apprenticeship Industry Standard in outdoor activities. Your year’s apprenticeship can be flexible and will continue for 12 months from your start date. The apprenticeship scheme will involve:

  • 40 hours per week across 5 days
  • £4.15 per hour
  • Working most weekends
  • 28 days holiday


Depending on your ability, experience and motivation you’ll have the chance to complete or work towards the following. These will be signed off and certified towards the end of your year’s apprenticeship once you have completed all the various elements of the awards.

  • First Aid
  • Battlefield LIVE Marshall Training and Assessment
  • PPA Sea, Canoe and Touring
  • Foundation Safety and Rescue
  • British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award
  • ERCA High and Low Ropes Instructor
  • Archery GB Award
  • Bike Maintenance


Those joining with existing awards and qualifications may have the option of completing:

  • ERCA High Ropes Rescuer
  • Level 2 Paddle Sports Coach
  • 4 Star Sea Kayak Training and Assessment


What you’ll get:

An apprenticeship with New Forest Activities will provide you with a great start into the world of outdoor adventure activities. Through hands-on experience on the job, the key benefits of being an apprentice include:

  • Earn a salary while you learn the responsibilities and roles of outdoor professionals
  • Receive training and assessments in industry qualifications
  • Support as you learn and train
  • Responsibility
  • Future prospects
  • Earning while you’re learning


Apprentices do a real job, so you’re paid while you learn.


Training and assessments:

You’ll learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. You work towards a work-based qualification such as an (NVQ) and other nationally recognised qualifications.

There will be an intensive training period through the winter. It will be cold and wet and you’ll be expected to develop your skills and ability ready for groups and activities in March.


Support during training:

We will support you during training and it’s always our aim to help you throughout as the course will be challenging. It’s our job to make sure you have the correct training in order to carry out your duties as part of the New Forest Activities team. We have NVQ assessors in-house to help you understand both the written and practical side of the apprenticeship.


A word of warning:

To complete an apprenticeship you must satisfy the requirements for your key skills (Maths, English and Science GCSE’s, C grade or higher).

This is not an easy option for those fed up with teachers and education. You’ll be expected and paid to work hard and learn. Missing days, arriving late and not doing what you’ve been trained to do won’t simply get you a detention.

Please note, this apprenticeship does not include accommodation.

For those who feel that hard work, long days and working in all weather in the glorious outdoors could be for them, get in touch.


How do I apply?

If you would like to put yourself forward for an interview or to find out more contact