Are you keen to start your environmental education career? Join our team on our Trainee Tutor Apprenticeship programme!

  • This is a fixed term contract starting August 2024 until October 2025
  • £22,308 per annum + excellent benefits + accommodation available (subject to availability)
  • Full time opportunity – notional average 37.5 hours per week

What does a Trainee Tutor opportunity involve?

Our Trainee Tutors are welcomed onto our Graduate Development Programme which is designed to prepare individuals with the skills and attributes to become Outdoor Education Tutors. During the programme each Trainee Tutor will work towards a nationally recognised Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship qualification.

Alongside your studies, you will build experience working with primary and secondary schools to deliver curriculum-linked activities that will increase students’ understanding of nature and the environment. Following successful completion of this programme, more than 80% of our apprentice tutors go on to be employed as permanent tutors with the Field Studies Council!


What will you gain?

  • Learn to provide active outdoor learning in a variety of environments, weather conditions and terrain, being able to deliver standard courses to visiting primary and secondary groups.
  • Learn more about how to work with and support teaching staff in course delivery, involving welcoming groups and preparing classrooms, resources, equipment, and IT.
  • Support in the delivery of community and outreach activities and events.
  • Be a part of our duty system that requires evening or overnight cover – an important part of the service provision to our groups and learners as well as a core part of working in this industry.
  • Build your skills in adaptability as you navigate working with new people and adapt to new environments.
  • The opportunity to be based in a couple of different Field Studies Council locations during your time with us – each centre has a unique learning experience to offer you and those you deliver learning experiences to.
  • The opportunity to learn alongside experienced teams as well as your fellow cohort of Trainee Tutors, building an invaluable network of professional contacts along the way


Where will you be based?

You will work and learn alongside our education teams of likeminded people who have a great team ethic at our Field Studies Council centres.

The current locations involved in the 2024-2025 programme are listed below, but subject to change;

  • Blencathra (Lake District National Park)
  • Juniper Hall (Surrey Hills AONB)
  • Nettlecombe Court (Somerset, Exmoor National Park)
  • Preston Montford (Shropshire)
  • Slapton Ley (South Devon AONB)

Each centre is set in a beautiful and unique location close to amazing fieldwork sites! You can find out more about them here:


While we will ask your preference on where you would like to be based and take this into consideration, we will ultimately look to place you at a centre according to our business needs and your development objectives, so your placement location can’t be guaranteed.

To support your development, we may discuss with you, possible moves to another one of our locations at some point in the duration of your fixed term contract. This will allow you to learn alongside a different and experienced team while also gaining that essential experience in diverse outdoor environments.


Who we are looking for:

We are looking for individuals who are educated to degree level in Science, Geography, Environmental Studies or a closely allied discipline. In addition, you’ll have:

  • Experience of and enthusiasm for being in the outdoor environment.
  • The ability to use standard office software, social media and SMART technology to effectively support learning.
  • A great work ethic where aptitude and attitude are key.
  • A natural pride in your work and impact.
  • A flexible and adaptive approach able to perform using your own initiative both independently and as a team player.
  • A professional approach to all that you do.
  • Empathy with the aims and objectives of Field Studies Council.
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges.

* Benefits:

  • Holidays – 28 days + bank holidays
  • Pension
  • Sick Pay
  • 24hr Counselling Helpline Service
  • Life Assurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Training & Development
  • Staff discounts
  • Accommodation can be provided on a chargeable basis (subject to availability)

Does this sound like something you would love to do? Come and be part of the team! We look forward to your application.

For a more detailed understanding of what this opportunity comprises, please refer to the vacancy pack on our website. You can also watch this video to meet Louisa one of our previous Trainee Tutors.


If you have any queries regarding this programme, please contact Becky Langman (Trainee Tutor Coordinator) via email at b.langman@field-studies-council.org


The closing date for receipt of your completed application is 11.59pm on 26 May 2024.


An interview assessment is scheduled to take place on 9 and 10 June 2024 at Field Studies Council Preston Montford in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

We will need you to arrive for 4pm on Sunday 9th June. Overnight accommodation will be provided free of charge.

The interview assessment will include a variety of tasks, which will allow you to learn more about the work we do at Field Studies Council and how our centres operate.

If you are unable to attend our interview assessment, we may be also able to accommodate an online interview, so please still submit your application if interested.


We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we’re in receipt of sufficient applications. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email.

About Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council is one of the UK’s leading providers of outdoor environmental education

We want to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment, so that they can enjoy the benefits it gives and makes choices that help protect it – especially now when our planet is facing issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity.

As an Investors in People charity, we realise that to achieve our vision we need diverse teams of staff who have a wide range of skills, a real passion for the work of the charity and a pride in their role within it. No matter what role you perform, everyone can make a difference and every role is vital to delivering our mission and vision…if this inspires you, we would love to hear from you.