Work with us as a Geography Field Studies Guide

Our Geography Field Study Guides provide inspiring, practical learning outside the classroom experiences to support our Geography, Geology and Environmental Science programmes for students at KS3/4/5 and S1-6 in Scottish Schools,  

Their main focus is to support students in developing essential knowledge and skills to enhance their understanding of a particular topic, and contribute to their overall education development.

Interesting in joining our Guide Team - find out more below...

What's Involved

Prior to travel: Our Field Studies Guides liaise with the key customer (the Teacher leading the tour) to understand their group’s key study topics, which enables them to ensure that all learning outcomes are met through the planned field studies activities.

Whilst on tour: they use knowledge gained from their own Environmental Science, Geology, Geography or other relevant degree and/or teaching experience, and the resources and training provided by ourselves, to teach and guide learning activities at key geographical sites, thus helping all students and teachers to get the most from their trip. All of this is supported by tailored Educational Resources, which help students to successfully collate and analyse data to complete their selected fieldwork activity.

Finally: as a representative of the NST Travel Group travelling with the group they are on hand to support the Group Leader with any logistic support, on tour itinerary amends, and provide general advice and guidance to enable all travelling to experience their perfect tour.

Skills / Experience / Qualities

Due to the nature of the role, all applicants for our Geography Field Studies Guide positions should be degree educated in Geography / Geology, and be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the processes involved with Physical Geography, Geology and Human Geography including; 

  • Plate Tectonic Processes, Types of Plate Margin, Micro Plates, Plate Movement, Mantle Plumes
  • Flows / Earthquakes / Jokulhaulps
  • Coastal Processes and Landforms
  • Glacial / Periglacial Processes and Landforms
  • Volcanic Products and Landforms
  • Settlement History and Patterns
  • Economic Development
  • Hazards & Hazard Awareness / Mitigation i.e. Pyroclastic
  • Tourism
  • Local History

​Our Guides also need to have excellent communication, organisational and time management skills, a proactive approach to problem solving, and a CUSTOMER FIRST Attitude. Ideally you will also have overseas Tour Leading experience, or experience of teaching outdoors, and a passion / interest in Iceland, Bay of Naples, or Sicily

Essential Requirements

To be considered, Candidates must have good availability over the key travel periods of Easter, February and October, and hold the following documentation;

  • a current passport,
  • an EHiC card or up to date medical insurance cover for overseas travel.
  • A First Aid Qualification (in date)
  • Summer Mountain Leader qualified or equivalent

Due to the nature of our operation, any offer will be subject to the individual undergoing a DBS disclosure. Costs associated with this process are borne by us.

Package On Offer

Aside from the opportunity to travel to some beautiful destinations worldwide, our Geography Field Studies Guides receives the following benefits whilst working with us;

  • A comprehensive training programme
  • Travel expenses and travel insurance cover whilst on tour
  • Meals and accommodation in resort
  • Daily “guiding” fee paid on all days associated with your journey (including travel days)
  • Branded clothing  to suit the conditions of each destination

When will I work?

The majority of our Geography Field Studies tours take place in February, Easter and October, mainly around the school half term periods, however tours may take place at other times of the year, depending on the needs of our customers.

Are there any costs to me?

There is no cost to becoming a Field Studies Guide, but if you are not already registered as self employed, you will need to ensure that the payments received are reported for Tax and NI purposes.

My Experience as a Georgraphy Field Studies Guide

Claire - Field Studies Guide

"As a Geography Field Studies Guide I have the opportunity to not only experience beautiful locations like Iceland; but also to share my passion and enthusiasm for these destinations, and their amazing geographical features, with different groups of students and teaching professionals.

Although I get great support from the team at NST; being a Field Studies Guide requires me to be knowledgeable, supportive, and, at times, resourceful; using my initiative to both help students develop knowledge and skills, as well as dealing with the meteorological challenges that these amazing destinations can sometimes throw at us!

Any challenge I have faced is always outweighed by the positive impact my work clearly has on students' understanding and enthusiasm towards this fascinating subject.

It's all part of the exciting journey you get to experience as a Field Studies Guide ."

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