Knowledge Leader

British Exploring Society is a world class youth development charity with a unique heritage, founded on the belief that challenging experiences can change lives, empowering and equipping young people with the courage, skills, resilience and determination to make the most of their future.

The results for young people are transformative – a Key Worker shares with us the experience of one of their young people who took part in 2019: “He speaks about wanting to explore more of the world in the future. The expedition has helped him identify his own self-worth. Now he has belief. Now he knows he can.”

The role

British Exploring Society recruits passionate, skilled volunteer Knowledge Leaders. These Leaders bring with them experience working with young people in remote settings and are able to inspire and facilitate the personal development of young people through curiosity in science, media and the environment they are in.

Working in partnership with other expedition Leaders they will be responsible for designing and delivering activities and projects including the John Muir Conservation Award, scientific fieldwork and creative media activities.

Our aim is to recruit multiple Leaders, with expertise across these areas and allow Leaders to play to their strengths and expertise to design and deliver engaging, relevant and meaningful projects for our Explorers.

Previous Knowledge Leaders have been academics and scientists with fieldwork or expedition experience, educators experienced in delivering environmental education (e.g Forest Schools) or have been creative professionals including filmmakers, animators and journalists. This list is not exhaustive and would strongly encourage applications from other specialities and disciplines.

Upcoming opportunities

This is a chance to work with young people on expeditions to remote locations where they face challenges, gain skills and learn about themselves. Expeditions are between 2 weeks and 6 weeks long and take place during academic holiday periods. For 2022, we are currently recruiting Leaders for our expeditions to Kyrgyzstan, the Canadian Yukon, the Finnish Lakeland, Iceland and the Scottish Highlands.

Benefits of leading with us

  • Lead, inspire and facilitate the learning and development of young people in remote and wild environments
  • Meet a huge range of new people, forging friendships and memories of shared experiences
  • Learn new skills and develop existing skills that can help shape and support your career
  • Become part of a community of volunteer Leaders and a Member of British Exploring Society

We are looking for applicants who are

  • Able and passionate about leading, inspiring, and supporting young people.
  • Comfortable spending extended periods in remote and sometimes harsh environments.
  • Able to commit to pre-expedition training events and are available for between 2 to 6 weeks from early April 2022 to end of August 2022.

As a charity, all Leader positions are undertaken on a voluntary basis and Leaders join for the intrinsic value of adventure, education and personal development of young people. You do not have to fundraise to lead on our expeditions.

Prior to expedition all volunteer Leaders will receive training and support. All main expedition costs are covered, including insurance, specialist equipment, expedition food and accommodation. Leaders will need to provide their own personal kit as well as vaccinations and visas (if applicable). Leaders may claim travel expenses for training events, but we do ask that first time Leaders cover the cost of their expedition flights.

How to Apply

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Key Information


British Exploring Society


Fixed Term


Full Time


Graduate, Mid Level, Postgraduate, Senior


Biodiversity, Biology, Climate Change, Communication, Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Ecology, Education, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Research, Sustainability, Workshop & Practical Skills


UK and Overseas, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

3rd January 2022 at 6:00pm