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Deputy Manager - Outdoor Activity Centre

  • Job Location

    Scottish Borders

  • Start date

    March onwards

  • Duration


  • Job Benefits

    £22,000 - £24,500 per year


Overall purpose of the role
This management role will take on responsibility of delivering the day-to-day operations of the outdoor residential and activity facilities at Netherurd, Girlguiding Scotland’s national activity and training centre.

Main areas of responsibility

Programme and Activities

  • To be responsible for all the functions related to the provision of outdoor residential and activity facilities to include campsites, instructing, and related staffing and budgets
  • To proactively research potential additions for outdoor kit/programme activities that could be offered at the centre and develop costed proposals
  • To manage and co-ordinate operational delivery of outdoor activities and events working other staff and contractors as needed
  • To plan effectively for sessions, providing relevant session information to clients and staff in a timely manner

Health and safety

  • To ensure compliance in relation to relevant Health and Safety legislation. This involves record keeping for all outdoor activities including facilities, managing the appropriate licences, certificates, maintenance records and risk assessments
  • Provide routine safety checks of grounds, campsites and woodlands areas used for activities and trails. Ensure the required maintenance of these areas is completed

Customer Service

  • To ensure the consistent delivery of excellent customer services ensuring agreed service levels are met and promoting repeat business
  • To ensure a positive contribution to the overall culture of the centre
  • To complete all admin requirements, including bookings, programmes and payments

Management role

  • In the absence of the centre manager to ensure that the centre is run effectively, that any problems are resolved in a professional and timely manner and reported to the Centre Manager
  • To be responsible for the management of employees and contractors within the centre in conjunction with the centre manager. This includes staff recruitment, induction, performance management, personal development and efficient rota management
  • To make decisions that best allow for the delivery of the centre’s performance objectives, ensuring that plans are cost effective and customer focused
  • To have line management responsibility for the instructor and programme team

Additional Information

  • This post requires frequent weekend and evening work, including overnight duty management when required
  • To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required to fulfill the responsibilities of this post


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  • Ability to combine logical and lateral thinking to analyse situations and identify a range of practical solutions
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to present written information such as reports, project summaries and training materials
  • Strong leadership qualities and the ability to motivate staff to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong communication skills both oral and written
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work accurately and with attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload
  • Strong Health and Safety knowledge in relation to outdoor activities


  • Working with internal customers at all levels of an organisation, and external customers from a wide range of client groups
  • Managing staff team of at least 10
  • Centre-based operations delivery and facility management
  • Innovative ways of working


  • A positive, ‘can do’ attitude towards service and product delivery
  • An appreciation of working in an Equal Opportunities environment


  • At least 3 NGB qualifications in paddle sports, roped activities archery or walking/mountaineering
  • Experience of delivering bushcraft, low ropes, raft building, and wilderness trails
  • First aid outdoor

About us

Girlguiding Scotland is the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland. Thanks to the dedication and support of 12,500 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the Scotland, giving girls and young women a space where they can

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