Join Our Expeditions – British Exploring Society
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British Exploring Society is a youth development charity that brings diverse people together to work in challenging environments. It creates expeditions that help equip young people with the courage, skills and resilience to make the most of their future. Expeditions are between 2 weeks and 6 weeks long and take typically place in the Spring, Summer and Autumn holiday periods.


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.


See the ‘How to apply’ section below for more information about the types of projects previously done on expeditions. 


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 typically take place in the Spring, Summer and Autumn holiday periods. For 2021, we are currently recruiting Leaders for our expeditions to the Peruvian Amazon, the Canadian Yukon, the Finnish Lakeland, Iceland and the Scottish Highlands.


Benefits of leading with us

  • Lead, inspire and facilitate the personal 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 teaching young people.
  • Comfortable spending extended periods in remote and sometimes harsh environments.
  • Able to commit to pre-expedition training events throughout February and May and are available for between 2 to 6 weeks from early April 2021 to end of August 2021.


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 expenses for UK training events, and we do ask that first time Leaders cover the cost of their flights.

How to Apply

Previous projects on expedition have included biodiversity surveying in the Amazon, environmental change in the Himalayas or expedition filmmaking, journaling and painting


Please visit https://www.britishexploring.org/lead/ for further info about our Knowledge Leader roles (and others) and to apply to lead with us. If you have any further questions, please contact us directly on expeditions@britishexploring.org

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when applying for this job!

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


London, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.