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Opportunity for a self-employed mountaineering instructor

April 2020 for 2 years

£210 per day plus expenses (80 days)

St John Scotland is a charity dedicated to lifesaving and life-enhancing work. For many years St John Scotland has supported Scottish Mountain Rescue, funding bases, Land Rovers and equipment and assisting with some costs for the Search & Rescue Dog Association Scotland. In addition (commencing in 2015) St John Scotland has fully funded the work of the St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor in partnership with Mountaineering Scotland. Mountaineering Scotland is the national governing body representing the interests of hill walkers, mountaineers, climbers and snow sport tourers. Both these organisations are dedicated to supporting young people who are exploring Scotlandís hills and mountains in the formative years of their outdoor adventures. 

This initiative, designed to improve safety and ensure enjoyment of our mountains and hills, has been a great success and, in order to see it continue, we are looking for a highly experienced and qualified WMCI/IFMGA who will work independently in remote locations, providing essential skills, mentoring and experience to support self-reliance and good practice in the mountains. This will be delivered through evening lectures, informal evening contact with club members and formal instructional days on the hill.

The primary focus of this role will be to work with younger and inexperienced hill walkers and climbers, who are predominantly students who are attending weekend meets with their university mountaineering/hill-walking/climbing clubs, which must be affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland.  

We require an individual who can demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the Scottish mountains and an understanding of mountain safety issues and how these can be communicated to a younger audience. The role is offered on a self-employed consultancy basis, working from home with delivery of courses across Scotland.

For more information regarding this opportunity and an application form contact heather@mountaineering.scot (01479 861241)


Closing Date for applications is Fri 24th January 2020 16.00 hours.

Interviews will be held week commencing 10th February 2020.