Working as a
Field Studies Instructor

Bring the natural world to life! Fantastic opportunities for geography, geology and ecology graduates to work in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Jurassic Coast.

PGL offers residential Field Studies courses to primary, secondary and A Level guests. Using your knowledge from your Environmental Science, Geology, Geography or other relevant degree, you'll work with a group of up to 12 children or teenagers, taking sole responsibility for their Field Studies sessions. With the centre and surrounding areas of scientific interest as their classroom, your group will have the chance to search for freshwater invertebrates, dress up as historical characters or discover fossils of organisms that sunk into the Jurassic mud over 160 million years ago!

£500 Thank you bonus 
Earn up to £22,932 (pro rata) per year 
Full time position 
Progression opportunities available 

All study units are as practical as possible with groups working largely outdoors. You'll work as part of our Study Course Instructor team and may find yourself working across our product range from time to time, assisting with Science, Maths or IT sessions too. In addition, we run Physics and Chemistry based Science courses, Maths courses and ICT courses, all aimed at primary school groups. Together they are known as our Study Courses. Our Field Studies Instructors are also trained to deliver our core land-based activities including abseiling, mountain biking and climbing so you will lead these sessions when not on field studies duty.


Key Responsibilities

Some groups, particularly younger guests, come to PGL on a split course, where part of their week is spent participating in multi-activity sessions. All PGL Field Studies Instructors will also be trained and assessed in PGL’s core multi-activities as you'll be expected to lead these sessions when not working on Field Studies. At certain times of the season, you may find yourself spending all of your time on Study Course sessions, including some off-site excursions. At other times of the year, you may find yourself mainly on activity session delivery, depending on the groups at your centre. Activities include initiative exercises, archery, motor sports, abseiling and more. You’ll also help to deliver our guests’ evening entertainment programme approximately three times a week and act as the Duty Instructor approximately once a week. As a Field Studies Instructor, you may also have the opportunity to become involved in teaching PGL’s Science, Maths and ICT courses.

Our Science programme challenges traditional classroom teaching methods by delivering a range of mainly Physics and Chemistry based hands-on units, such as astronomy, forensic science, rockets, levers and forces. Our dynamic Maths course uses the adventurous activities on centre to show guests the practical uses of mathematics in an exciting environment. Our ICT sessions takes new technology, drags it out into the great outdoors and inspires guests to get the most from their learning experience. Our Field Studies Instructors sometimes get the opportunity to work at our other centres that don't specialise in Field Studies. For groups wishing to enjoy a Field Studies course at an alternative PGL centre, we can set up a course utilising the venue and surrounding area.You may also be asked to perform more pastoral duties, depending on your skills, personality and the operational requirements of the centre. This may involve liaising with teachers, escorting groups to meals and activities, and providing free-time entertainment.

Learning and Development

As a Field Studies Instructor you will be able to develop your knowledge, skills and experience whilst working towards nationally recognised qualifications, paid for by PGL. Previous experience will help your application but is not vital. If you are new to PGL and/or have limited experience within the sector you will be invited to attend our training course. 

You will also receive a comprehensive centre induction, regular observations, feedback and performance reviews. You will also undergo training for each study course that you'll be required to teach, covering a range of popular units e.g. Science, Maths or ICT. Full training is given in teaching and fieldwork skills along with all the academic theory behind each unit. Full training is also given in off-site safety skills, emergency first aid and the use of ICT facilities.

Progression Opportunities

You’ll need a high level of initiative and commitment, boundless enthusiasm and a true desire to work with children of all ages. You must be adaptable, flexible and have a desire to acquire new knowledge. This role is particularly good for anyone looking to start their career in the outdoor industry, thinking about a career in teaching or for energetic teachers looking to maximise the practical aspects of their job.

You'll pick up numerous transferable skills for your CV including group communication, confidence, and resourcefulness, as well as more specific teaching skills focused on presentation, coaching and group dynamics.


Who does this job?

Jessica Smith, Osmington Bay

As a Field Study Instructor I am responsible for leading study course sessions in geography and biology. I wanted to work outdoors in a fun and active environment and discovered PGL whilst searching on the web. I now teach Field Studies to children aged between 7-18 years.

Working as a Field Studies Instructor has given me the experience of teaching children in an outdoor environment. I have also gained a lot of confidence in interacting with people of all different ages and backgrounds and my teaching skills have improved greatly.

PGL gives you the chance to make a real difference in some children’s lives, and it’s a very rewarding and exciting environment to be in. The friends you make at PGL are people that will be your friends for life and I would definitely recommend it to anyone! It's also a really beautiful setting. I love living by the sea!

Staff Package

In your role as a Field Studies Instructor, you’ll work full time up to six days a week, earning up to £1,911 a month.
PGL provide and fund a variety of excellent training and qualifications opportunities, allowing you to develop your career and expand your possibilities with no charge. Your uniform is also provided for you, and we offer a 20% discount to all colleagues in our on-site stores.
In addition, we have optional accommodation and meals packages that allow you to benefit even more from your PGL experience.
Our fabulous on-site accommodation will allow you to save whilst letting you make the most of frequent staff social events, including sports clubs, games groups and karaoke nights. With all bills and utilities covered, you’ll still earn up to £318 a week.
Our meals package will provide you with three nutritional meals every day for only £46.00 a week. We can cater to all dietary requirements, and have daily breakfast, lunch and dinner options available alongside a diverse salad bar. As part of the meals package centres will also offer special themed meals at select points during the year.

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Need more convincing to apply? Surely not, but if so – here are a few ‘must know’ key facts:

  • we employ over 3,000 people every year
  • over 400,000 guests visit a PGL centre every year
  • we are experienced! We have been providing activity holidays since 1957, more than 60 years!
  • we have the most competitive staff package
  • we are the employer of choice within the outdoor activity industry!