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What can you expect out in the field

Wilderness Scotland is based from an incredible location in Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. We offer a special combination of interesting work, career opportunities and supportive culture in which to thrive as a freelance guide. We have steadily grown over the years and plan to continue this growth path, which in turn, will offer a wide range of guiding opportunities, from those that are activity-focused to those which take on more of a cultural or family focus.

Wilderness Scotland is a company whose aim is to break new ground and set the worldwide standard for what adventure travel should be. We commit with a passion to providing our customers with the most inspiring experiences of their lives, ensuring our experiences are delivered sustainably, promoting the value of wild places, setting new standards for tourism experiences and creating a rewarding, meaningful and truly fun place to work.

When you guide for Wilderness Scotland it’s more than just another freelance job. You will become part of a dynamic team that are always seeking new ways in which we can improve, your feedback will be highly valued and acted upon. When you join the guiding team you will thrive in this fast-paced environment and within the wider Wilderness team but will be encouraged to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to your role and the company as a whole. You can read a bit more about us in our Culture Book to get a real feel for what we are about.

Once you join the wilderness guiding team, you will lead small groups of clients around Scotland and/or England & Wales, sharing your passion for the destination. As well as being knowledgeable with regards to history, heritage and culture of your destination, you will introduce our clients to the areas of nature through various experiences designed by our team. These are much more than regular sightseeing trips – we want you to connect our clients to the local natural and cultural heritage and your role is crucial in achieving this aim. Therefore, you must be able to demonstrate a great love of and knowledge of Scotland, England and /or Wales’ natural environment as both a Wilderness and Experiential Guide.

While we have a lot of fun at Wilderness Scotland, our team is 100% focused on delivering 5 Star world-class client experiences. As such, you will bring a professional and high-energy approach with an unwavering focus on all aspects of the client travel experience.

Wilderness Guides

Our current guiding team have all been active in the outdoors in Scotland and or northern England for many years. Some of them hold multiple NGB qualifications while others specialise in a single activity. However, we view paper qualifications as only the first step towards you becoming a Wilderness Scotland guide. More important is the ability to demonstrate great familiarity with many areas of Scotland and/or England & Wales. Knowledge of Scottish/English/Welsh history, culture, environment, geology and geography is also important to us. Of course, we aim to provide our clients with the best possible experience, so our guides must take pride in their work and have a natural flair for customer care and hospitality.

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Experiential Guide

You do not need to have an NGB qualification (but great if you do) as any such activities would be delivered in tandem with a qualified Wilderness Guide although you will need to hold a valid first aid qualification. You may currently hold a formal guiding qualification (such as being a Blue Badge or Green Badge guide) or you may simply have gained experience working in the sector. More important is your ability to demonstrate great familiarity with many areas of Scotland and/or England & Wales. Knowledge of Scottish/English/Welsh history, culture, environment, geology and geography is hugely important for you as an experiential guide. Of course, we aim to provide our clients with the best possible experience, so you must take pride in your work and have a natural flair for customer care and hospitality. You will also have a curious mind which thrives on seeking out interesting new experiences and encounters for our clients.

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