OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ADVISER
This role description covers all Outdoor Activities Adviser specialisms including Residential Adviser,
Walking Adviser and Water Adviser.
Who can do this role?
Outdoor Activities Advisers can be any adult over 18 years old. They should already be, or be willing to
become, a member of Girlguiding.
Do I need a qualication?
You don’t need a specic qualication to become an Adviser and you will be provided with training on
a particular subject depending on your specialism. However, a qualication and experience in your
specialist area are desirable. You will also need to undergo a criminal record disclosure check.
What is the purpose of this role?
An Adviser is a specialist in a particular eld of the guiding programme. An Adviser will advise, motivate
and communicate information about the specialism to the Division, County or Country/Region Team and
other guiding members, giving more girls and volunteers ways to access opportunities for development,
challenge and adventure.
Advisers are often responsible for helping to create opportunities for events and take an active part in
the wider team. As an Adviser, you will attend meetings and have regular contact with other Advisers,
teams at other levels and Leaders.
Lead Outdoor Activities Advisers support a wide range of outdoor and adventure activities and sometimes
coordinate a team of specialists. Specialist Outdoor Activities Advisers support a range of outdoor and
adventure activities in their specialist area, such as residential events, water activities or climbing.
What will I do in the role?
The list below outlines the general responsibilities of an Adviser, but you will be working within a wider
team and responsibilities may vary with the different Adviser specialisms.
zz Provide ongoing support to the Country/Region, County or Division by giving advice and answering
specic queries, often by email.
zz Demonstrate a working knowledge of and enthusiasm for your specialism.
zz Become an expert in your specialism, use your knowledge to solve problems and promote the
advantages of your area of the guiding programme.
zz Support Leaders to provide a safe girl-only space where girls and young women can discover their
full potential through all areas of the programme.
zz Attend level-specic meetings and events as appropriate.
zz Administer any applicable training or qualications in your area of responsibility.
zz Keep up to date with new resources and programme initiatives, and use and cascade information
as appropriate, communicating to all relevant stakeholders.
zz Complete relevant training for the role and ensure the wider team’s skills are up to date.
zz Manage a local budget, liaising with the level Treasurer and Commissioner as necessary.
zz Advise Commissioners and Leaders on planned activities, including residential opportunities,
through the Residential Event Notication (REN) process as appropriate.
zz Run or support events to promote your specialist area.
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Outdoor Activities Adviser