Almond Valley

Adventure Play Assistant

Throughout the summer holidays, there will be wild things happening in Highlander’s wood, as children and their families build leafy dens, dig holes, and make disgusting soups from old cabbage leaves. This kind of old-fashioned messy adventure play will be overseen and organised by a couple of bold adventure play assistants, who will prepare all the ingredients for a wild adventure, ensure that everyone remains happy and safe, and then tidy up at the end of each day. We’re now recruiting for this very unusual job.

Adventure play assistants should love the outdoors and enjoy getting their hands dirty. They will be practically minded, good at organising and constructing things, have a vivid imagination and a great sense of fun. They will be good communicators, get on well with people, but have the authority and maturity to ensure that things never get out of hand. They will have the skills and experience to effectively assess and manage risks to ensure that the right balance of fun and safety prevails at all times. The role will also involve general Visitor Service and Tidy Team duties.

Experience of working with families and children in a similar leadership role would be a great advantage, as would specialist knowledge of the outdoors, or life in the past. These are seasonal posts from mid-June to the end of August, working five days in seven, which will include weekend working. The rate of pay complies with National living wage (25+) or National minimum wage. Applications are invited now for a start in mid-June. To apply, please send a CV, along with a covering note telling us about the skills, experiences and enthusiasms that would make you particularly suited this role.

This is a fixed term post until the end of August 2019, and is offered on a full-time basis, normally working 9-5 five days in seven, which will include weekend working. We might consider offering roles on a part time basis. Wage rates meet national living or minimum wage.

Please apply by sending a full CV to, plus a covering note outlining the particular experiences and qualities that you feel would make you an excellent candidate for the post.