Bowles rocks south east england

Jobs at Bowles

Join our fantastic team at one of the UK’s top outdoor education centres based near Tunbridge Wells on the Kent/East Sussex border.

We are currently looking for a cook, a trainee cook and an instructor. 

Cook (Seasonal)

Come and work in our friendly lively kitchen in lovely surroundings at Bowles Outdoor Centre.  We have a 30 hour a week role but we will consider other availability.

We would also consider taking on a trainee/apprentice cook with an outstanding attitude to learning and customer service

30 hour per week role

30 hours per week, includes some weekends (an average of 2 per month), must be flexible with hours. Hours are allocated in advance via a monthly rota. Shifts are usually 7:00 – 14:30 or 12:00 – 19:30.

Minimum requirements

NVQ Level 2 or above + Basic Food Hygiene.
Applicants must be able to provide healthy food according to set menus and individual dietary requirements.
Own transport essential.


Contributory Pension
Uniform will be provided.
Child Care Vouchers available
23 Days Paid Holiday
Free meals whilst on duty
Discount on some Bowles Courses and free access to some facilities to some of our facilities like swimming pool and open ski slope sessions

Interview will include a practical demonstration of catering skills.

Salary Range: £13,260 – £14,040.

Please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you want to work at Bowles and outlining your skills and qualities to or by post to Bowles Outdoor Centre, Sandhill Lane, Eridge Green, TN3 9LW

Permanent Outdoor Education Instructor 

Salary £16,185 to £19,412

Bowles is an outdoor centre and independent charitable trust located at a stunning venue on the site of Bowles Rocks in the South East UK.  A leader in outdoor learning for schools and colleges, we also have a strong presence in the worlds of business learning & development and recreational activities.

Bowles prides itself in being a high quality educational centre not only in terms of the venue and equipment but also in the delivery of the activity sessions. Our instructors will work closely with groups to facilitate in the personal and social development of the individuals. You will be joining a team of highly motivated educators who are committed to professionalism and education. We are looking for the best quality, enthusiastic, motivated educators, who will add quality to an excellent team.

Bowles is a residential outdoor education centre with first class facilities including:

  • 2 dry ski slopes
  • Natural sandstone crag
  • Indoor pool (used for kayak training)
  • Ropes courses: High ropes, Low Ropes, Trapeze, Zip Wire, Jacob’s Ladder
  • Archery range

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Skiing or snowboarding instructor qualifications
  • A proven track-record of outdoor education delivery
  • A passion for developmental work with young people in the outdoors
  • A degree or equivalent

A range of qualifications from:

    • SPA or Southern Sandstone Award
    • BCU/UKCC level 2
    • Skiing qualification or personal skiing ability.
    • Lowland leader
    • Strong interpersonal skills and a professional approach

Highly Desirable

  • Youth work experience
  • D1 + E minibus entitlement
  • A degree or equivalent
  • Experience working in schools, ideally in a teaching capacity

To apply, please send a CV and application explaining why you are suitable for the role to  Full description and job specification can be found here.

Interviews will be carried out Feb 2018

Freelance Facilitators/Instructors

Based around a sandstone crag we offer residential programmes and courses for professional organisations, companies as well as schools & colleges.

Bowles is looking for established outdoor professionals who are used to working with a range of clients from both corporate and educational settings. Technical qualifications (SPA, D1+E, APIOL) are valuable but more importantly we are looking for reliability, flexibility, a breadth of experience. Facilitation & reviewing skills within a professional development context would be advantageous.
If you live further afield we can offer accommodation for a block of work.
Please send us a covering letter and CV outlining your experience and qualifications to

Bowles Outdoor Leader Training

For full details on Bolt, please visit our Bowles Outdoor Leader Training (BOLT) page.