The Bushcraft Company Employee Reviews
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Culture is really positive you will meet lots very inspirational people - on a good camp there competent well trained staff and the experience will be a tough but fun one. Some camps may be understaffed, less helpful teams or with less experienced colleagues etc and this is much more difficult. However camps only last 5 days max so you'll be fine - also if your a good experienced leader make the camp work for you why not. Just being there camping lifestyle is worthwhile stay onsite between camps to make the most of it and new friends. Be aware it is hard work outdoors and very muddy - its not for everyone.
The experience is unique
Working for the Bushcraft company can be very rewarding and fun, esspecially if you live on site and make friends with your co workers. A standard day is 24hr child managment as even when sleeping you are responsible for their welbeing and behaviour. This can create a very difficult and stressful enviroment esspecially in bad weather. But if you love the outdoors and want to work with children this is a great job. But it is hard work and offten unacnoledged by the managment in the office. They will often ask for workers to put their own wellbeing in jepordy to ensure camps that should not be running due to lack of staff continue on even with unsatisfactory quality for student and teachers. Pay does not reflect ability, skill or training. And it does not represent the 24hrs and up to 5 days per week of a standard course.
Fun and outdoors
Managment and pay
Good culture, constantly meeting new people, getting to go home at night is a bonus as part of logistics, but the fine print is that they could send you to any site around the country and you can't say no, site manager was young, regional manager was very good to work with, flexible and accommodating.
Nice staff, fun work
Could be long hours at short notice without compensation, summer contract only. contract
One of the greatest jobs I ever had. If you are outdoorsy and are good with children it’s a perfect opportunity.
Fantastic place to work for. If you like working outdoors sleeping by a fire, being responsible for teaching kids the importance of nature then it’s a perfect place to be. Loved every minute of it. If it wasn’t seasonal I would probably still be there.
You will enjoy this awesome, rewarding job IF: You love working with kids and are good at it. Can survive long hours with lots of short breaks rather than big ones. (You are basically just playing in the woods though) You arent afraid of dirt/germs or LIVING outdoors. There are no bunkhouses or cabins, you literally live out doors! Which is an amazing experience that everyone should have! You are good at working in varied teams of people
I believe in the product, what we do for the kids can change their lives but some management only cares about making a profit and not making the product better, they don't care about the staff, expect you to work overtime any time they click their fingers and expect because you get bought alcohol that will make it better. It's all egos, they just take and expect you to say thank you for it. Shame, it used to be fun, there is a reason they have horrible staff retention.
I love this job, the opportunity to share your experiences and knowledge with children who may come from well off backgrounds as well as not so well off background is such an amazing and rewarding thing to do. work hours are long, sometimes 16 hour days! but you live with the kids for 1 to 5 days so it's a different kind of work, very demanding but really fun and it doesn't feel like work, overall I would recommend working for the bushcraft company 100%.
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Management sees staff and just tools or stock for there camps. The job is fantastic and working with the kids is amazing, taking kids out of the comfort zone and providing amazing trips for school groups.
Fun work, hard work
Long days, office and management
My experience working for this company as a Field Cook was not great. The job interview and training was really misleading, staff were overworked, ill and underpaid for the 18 hour shifts we did some days. You have to pay for your own uniform as well as contribute £5 a day to food and accommodation.
Nice staff, friendly colleagues, nice settings
Long hours, low pay, health issues
Working outdoors teaching kids about nature and outdoor survival is pretty fun and rewarding. The hours are very long though so can be extremely tiring. When on camp, staff are on duty over night meaning you are essentially working 24/7.
Plenty of food, no expenses, living outdoors
Long hours, management show blatant favouritism
The job is quite intense and often involves a 16 hour work day, with minimal breaks. However, you spend your days out in the woods teaching kids about nature, the outdoors and survival skills. Spend a lot of time around a fire and it is generally very good fun. You will meet lots of friends and learn lots of new skills.
free food, free staff camping
Pros: Nice outdoor environment. Good experience working with children. Meet nice people who keep you going on camps. Sometimes a nice team dynamic. Learn some new outdoor skills. A change from the 9-5 if you're doing that. Cons: Daily rate falls short of minimum wage. You will be expected to work extremely long hours. 17 hours a day or more is not unusual. If you cook you will work very hard with very few breaks and be paid the same as tribe leaders who also work very hard but less stressful job. Hostile management. Weird, tense atmosphere, lots of gossip and sense that management is there to catch people out. Experience on camp very dependent on who your camp leader is - no consistency and set standards of behaviour.
Staff are treated with lack of respect and care (favourtism) Other staff don't help you if you're new. Can't shower 5 days at a time Unfriendly staff
good for the kids, good camp layout.
Treated badly, long long hours, no care for staff, gossiping, no care for on duty staff sleeping arrangment, low pay, food cooked in mounts of GM oil, lack of training, work not promised, list goes on.
What a fun and wacky experience. The company have set code and ethos and I respect that. They give many different types of people from all backgrounds the opportunity to work with them. Great experience but very hardcore.
no permenant positions
A superb outdoors experience for both teaching staff and school/college pupils alike living under canvas deep in the Oxfordshire woods. Starting at day break with morning roll call and breakfast around the fire through to daily activities such as survival skills, bush cooking, camp building, swimming and games there was never a dull moment. Learning to both control, entertain and impart my bushcraft knowledge on groups of 7-16 year olds was fun and to see individuals who thought that they couldn't achieve, achieve was a personal triumph. Management was good with the camps well run and organisation and cleanliness were excellent. Working effectively through all hours did become somewhat tiring but to live outdoors in the summer months was well worth the experience. The hardest part of the job was being on call over night when youngsters were waking up scared and missing their home comforts and parents as you were of course not allowed to give any one a hug and therefore had to calmly talk to children to calm them done and get them to go back to sleep. The most enjoyable part of the job was ensuring that by tribe won all competitions.
Outdoor summer contract
No much fun in the rain
Having worked at the Bushcraft Company for two years I can confidently say that it is a great place to work. For those wishing to live and work in a forest it offers the chance to pitch a tent and spend an entire season living very cheaply. The ambience around a staff camp can be vibrant and lively with regular socialising and evenings out with colleagues. The work is demanding and a camp typically requires that you are on duty 24/7. There is little scope for advance unless you wish to become a camp leader or estate manager but the pay increase is negligible.
Accomodation provided, location
Very long hours