Deputy Chief Leader

The Deputy Chief Leader role varies on each expedition. Primarily, it involves acting as the Chief Leader’s ‘Right Hand Man’ and as a result needs to compliment his/her skills; hence the role is largely defined by the Chief Leader.

On some expeditions this is a leader position in its own right whilst in others it may just be an additional responsibility allocated to an existing leader position i.e. you could be both a group (‘Fire’) leader or Base Camp Manager as well as the Deputy Chief Leader. The Deputy Chief Leader would take overall responsibility for the expedition should the Chief Leader need to step down for any reason.

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 21st-23rd February 2020 (TBC), Leader Training: 27th-29th March 2020 Cumbria, Explorer Briefing 24th-26th April 2020, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course May 2020 (TBC).

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

Assessment days: 20th August 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th September, 1st, 2nd, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th October



• All of potential Leaders are required to attend allocated Assessment Days
• 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
• Significant personal expedition experience outside the UK
• A proven history of managing group safety in expedition or remote/challenging environments
• Proven experience of managing and leading projects and people
• An enthusiasm for expeditions and the ability to convey this to our Young Explorers
• Adventure First Aid Qualification (weekend training course provided free of charge by British Exploring Society)

Post Expedition

• To inspire our explorers and engage fully in activities to support the educational aims and purpose of the society and expedition 
• All leaders, must regard it as a priority to ensure the safety of each and every member of the expedition at all times
• Support the Chief Leader and be prepared to take significant responsibilities in the field
• Deliver training to both explorers and leaders as per the training syllabus and as pertinent to the expedition, environment, and proposed activity
• Manage and support the expedition leadership team throughout, taking care always to maintain safety and to deliver the aims of the expedition and the wider society objectives
• Undertake the roles and responsibilities of an expedition leader as delegated by the Chief Leader
• To lead, direct and support leaders and explorers during the expedition, and be prepared to step into the role of Chief Leader if required by the organisation should injury or incapacitation require

Pre Expedition

• Attend training weekends (3 to 4 weekends in the 6 months prior to the expedition)
• Contribute significantly 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 

Post Expedition

• To produce an overview report for the activities you have been in charge of 
• 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