FORAGING INSTRUCTOR: £30,000 - £40,000 pro-rata (actual £14,500 - £19,000 plus), three-four days' facilitating courses March - November, plus additional private course work, also additional winter work may be available for the right candidate.


Start date: either August/early September 2021, or March 2022

We are seeking experienced UK-mainland based foraging instructors (minimum 12 months of delivering regular courses) to deliver outdoor courses in sustainable foraging and plant/fungi identification. 

Instructors must have strong plant and fungi identification skills, excellent interpersonal skills, be a good presenter of information, enjoy sharing knowledge with groups of people, understand the importance of conservation and sustainability, show excellent attention to detail, and have proven experience of public speaking. 

In addition, instructors should be equally happy working alone or as part of a team, be familiar with health and safety legislation and risk assessment preparation, and either have qualifications in, or be prepared to work towards qualifications in, first aid, food hygiene and outdoor education. 

The ideal candidates will have proven desire to constantly expand personal knowledge of and keep up-to-date with the latest information on the subject. 

There is also a requirement for instructors to be able to prepare samples of wild food recipes for consumption by foraging course participants. This can include hot, cold and preserved foods.

The role is outdoor based so instructors must be happy to work in all weathers and across varying terrains. Due to the nature of the courses, candidates will need to have their own transport, and, on foraging courses, bring with them bags weighing several kilos during sessions lasting 3.5 hours or longer. 

Instructor positions are only suitable for those with strong plant and fungi identifications skills - we do not currently have any trainee or apprenticeship vacancies.


Successful candidates will be expected to run wild food and related courses exclusively under an on payroll employment contract for The Foraging Course Company. However, additional employment in an unrelated sector would be permitted. 

Core working days are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during March to November. Weekend only working is an option, but weekday only working will not be considered. During the winter months, instructors can choose to take the entire winter off or facilitate additional courses, subject to them having necessary skills for course delivery.

A proven track record of CPD and a willingness to continue with CPD will be an advantage.

Please send your CV and covering letter, detailing your suitability and experience to  

Initial interviews will be held via telephone or video call. Second interviews will be face-to-face in The Midlands and will include an identification, knowledge and teaching assessment. Final assessment will be in person during a scheduled foraging course.

All successful candidates will undergo initial training to ensure delivery of courses in the style and manner used by The Foraging Course Company.

Applications will be closed when suitable candidates have been selected.

If you have any queries about this role or anything else recruitment related, please email the above address. Telephone queries will be redirected back to email.