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Published on: 05/07/2023

Go Ape Outdoor Instructor Jobs in the Lake District

Go Ape is a leading provider of outdoor adventure activities with 36 forest locations in some of the most stunning natural environments across the UK. We’ve been helping people to live life adventurously since 2002 and have welcomed over 15 million customers. 

We’re always on the look-out for ambitious team-players to join our tribe and are seeking Outdoor Activity Instructors for our Lake District locations, Grizedale and Whinlatter 

Don’t be put off and assume you require prior experience in ropes courses or qualifications. We look for enthusiastic people with a head for heights and the right attitude to help our customers turn “I can’t into I can”.  


Boy in red on Treetop Adventure crossing

Adventures in the Lake District 


The Go Ape Lake District locations are just like our other sites, except they’re that bit more extreme!  

Treetop Adventure, Treetop Adventure Plus and Treetop Challenge are choc-full of tricky obstacles and zip lines – and suitable for everyone over 1m tall. Go Ape Grizedale is home to the exclusive Zip Trekking Adventure, 3km worth of zip lines with phenomenal scenic views.  

Go Ape Whinlatter also hosts our customers’ favourite Forest Segway experience with dramatic views of Keswick, Derwant Water and the fells beyond from England's only true mountain forest.  

The skills you need:  

  • A ‘customer comes first’ attitude with drive and enthusiasm to achieve customer WOW!
  • Be safety conscious, with a professional outlook. 
  • Able to work under own initiative without supervision, though there’s always someone around if you do need support.  
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Enthusiastic team player who’s able to work with other colleagues in a dynamic working environment. 
  • Must like working outdoors and have a good head for heights. 
  • Dedicated individuals who will follow procedures carefully. 
  • Be able to get to site with your own means of transport as our Lake District locations are remote.  
  • Be able to perform all physical duties (with reasonable adjustments where required) 
Go Ape instructor on zip line with Lake District views

Benefits of Working at Go Ape

  • Flexible Working Hours - A wide range of contracted hours available, both full and part time. 
  • Comprehensive online and practical training learnings to make sure you succeed. You’ll gain lots of useful transferable skills including Health & Safety, operations procedures, customer service and communication skills. 
  • As an Employee-Owned company, all Go Ape employees are also co-owners. This means you’ll have a voice through the co-owner council as well as yearly tax-free profit distributions (available after 3 months or probation).  
  • Pension Scheme Employers contributions matched to 3%. 
  • Discounts Retail & Leisure discounts, inc. Mountain Equipment uniform. 
  • Employee help line & free confidential advice.  
  • Expeditions & Naturally Powered Days – we arrange multiple subsidised adventure trips each year such as caving, hiking, cycling, kayaking and climbing. Join the fun closer to home in the UK or on one of our further flung Moroccan trips mountain climbing! 
  • Free Go Ape! Immediate family, plus one go free - everyone else 20% off. 
Go Ape Co-Owner in Uniform

How to Apply for Go Ape Job 


  1. Search for Go Ape Jobs” 
  2. Check out our Current Vacancies 
  3. Select the relevant location to find open vacancies near you. 
  4. Read the job description carefully and make sure that you meet the requirements. 
  5. Apply online with your application form, CV and cover letter.  

What to expect in the Interview Process  

Interviews may vary, but here’s a flavour of what to expect from the interview process.  



  • You’ll be greeted at the cabin by our friendly Tribe. 
  • You’ll meet your interviewer who’ll let you know all about Go Ape and the role you’ve applied for. 
  • They’ll spend about 10-15 minutes talking to you about your previous adventures and skills. 
  • You’ll hear from us shortly afterwards with an update on your application. 

Group interview 


  • You’ll be greeted at the cabin by our friendly Tribe. 
  • You’ll get to meet the other candidates. 
  • We’ll introduce the group to Go Ape and the role you’ve applied for.
  • In groups you’ll take part in one of the Go Ape activities.
  • You’ll have short (5-10min) 1-2-1 interviews where you can tell us about your previous adventures and skills.
  • You’ll hear from us shortly afterwards with an update on your application. 
Go Ape Instructor in red doing maintenance on zipline

EDI matters 

  • We’re an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. 
  • We’re Disability Confident Committed which means we give opportunities to disabled applicants and provide an environment in which everyone can thrive. 
  • We provide Diversity and Inclusion training for every employee at Go Ape and even have a hub of free online resources for people to peruse in their own time. 
  • Every week, we welcome thousands of people into the trees across our 36 forest locations.  

If you are passionate about the outdoors and looking for a rewarding career, then Go Ape is the perfect place for you. You’ll feel a great sense of camaraderie within our teams, get to work in a beautiful environment and help people to step outside of their comfort zones and live life more adventurously.  

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