Media Leader

The role of a Media Leader consists of two parts: firstly, to devise inspirational and engaging projects with the consultation of the Leader team, focusing on developing media related skills and content for all expedition participants. Secondly, to collect and create media for British Exploring Society to use as marketing material to publicise the Society and our expeditions.

The media projects on expedition are about storytelling, teaching young people how to record and reflect on their adventure through a variety of mediums, whether that is through writing, photography, videography, or field sketches. As well as a Media Leader’s creative responsibilities, you are still a member of the leadership team and we expect you to have the strong leadership skills that we desire from all our Leaders.

British Exploring Society believe that expeditionary experiences provide outstanding opportunities for personal development. Through our scientific and adventurous and media based activities, we support our participants to develop in a range of areas. Our Media projects are opportunities for young people to develop skills and techniques that help them document and process the expedition experience, and give them a creative outlet to support their development.

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 22nd-24th February 2019, Leader Training: 28th-31st March 2019, Explorer Briefing 26th-28th April 2019, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course 17th-19th May 2019.

Please note that first time leaders will be asked to cover the costs of their own flights on our Canadian Yukon, Indian Himalayas and Peruvian Amazon expeditions.

Assessment days: 20th, 21st November 2018, 11th December 2018, 15th January 2019



• An interest in youth development and experience of working with young people, relevant to the expedition client group*
• High levels of integrity and sound judgement
• A strong and flexible team player
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire others
• The ability to deal with conflict and overcome challenges
• Significant personal fieldwork, travel or expedition experience
• An enthusiasm for expeditions and media, and the ability to convey this to our Explorers
• Proven experience and/or qualifications (academic or vocational) in areas of creative media which may include: journalism, film making, photography, creative writing, radio documentary or art
• Adventure First Aid Qualification (weekend training course provided free of charge by British Exploring Society)

On Expedition

• To inspire our explorers and engage fully in activities to support the educational aims and purpose of the society and expedition
• Responsibility for, and pastoral care of, explorers in your Fire group. All leaders must regard it as a priority to ensure the safety of each and every member of the expedition at all times
• Assist with and be involved in all aspects of expedition life including science projects and adventurous activities
• All leaders will manage a feedback and review process with the explorers in the Fire allowing them to process their personal development and understand the expedition experience
• To enhance the experience of the explorers through creative media
• Deliver a programme of exciting and inspirational workshops
• Assist the explorers to document and capture their experience of expedition life
• Support the explorers to create material (e.g. photos, video, diaries) that will help them to utilise their experience and support their journey post expedition to further studies, employment or other goals
• Produce content that can be used by British Exploring Society for marketing purposes including photography, explorer interviews and a short promotional video for the expedition.
• Liaise with British Exploring Society's Marketing team on media projects, planned activities and marketing objectives

Pre Expedition

• Attend training weekends (3 to 4 weekends prior to the expedition)
• Contribute to planning, Risk Assessments, expedition-specific guidelines and similar, as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or the Chief Leader, particularly in your area of expertise
• Plan and deliver a programme of exciting and inspirational creative media workshops and projects in partnership with British Exploring Society’s Marketing team.
• Liaise with British Exploring Society and the leader team, particularly the Chief Scientist and Chief Leader to organise and obtain suitable equipment
• Liaise with young people to assist in devising suitable projects to meet their needs and interests

Post Expedition

• Contribute to the overall post expedition report (PXR), post expedition debrief event and presentation and expedition feedback as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or Chief Leader
• Assist in providing suitable follow up for the projects that you have been involved in (e.g. Editing videos, production of content, displays or presentations, digitising Fire Journals etc)
• Produce and deliver a range of content within a month of returning from expedition. Previous projects themes have included:
1. Adventure & Activities
2. Science Research & Conservation
3. Teamwork & Camp Life
4. Explorers in the Wilderness
5. Creative Photography
• Produce and deliver a 60-90 second video to summarize the expedition and expedition life to be used for future marketing of expedition. N.B. Any photos and videos used in marketing will be credited where possible