Work with us

Everything you need to know should be listed below. If, however, you have a query which is not answered here, please contact us on 01202 677272 or via email - [email protected].

Join the Team FAQs

How to Apply

To apply for any of our roles you need to go through our website, click on the position you are interested in, fill in the application form, attach your CV and off you go!

You can find the application form here

When can I apply for a job?

Vacancies are typically advertised from November onwards for the following year. Follow the link to see all of our current vacancies:

How long until I find out about my application?

Once you’ve sent your application in through the website we will need some time to process it, as you can imagine we get a huge number of applications in that we need to filter through.

If we think you could be the person for us we will contact you to arrange a telephone interview/face to face interview.

Unfortunately due to the high volume of application we receive if you do not hear from us within 4 weeks we regret that your application has not been successful.

Can I apply if I live overseas?

Following Brexit, if you are planning on working in France and have a British passport, you will need a work permit and visa to work for us.

If you hold a EU passport you will not need to apply for a visa or permit.

To work for us in the UK you will need to hold a UK Passport or Birth certificate. If you are joining us from overseas you will need a valid UK working visa that allows you to undertake employment in the UK for the duration of your contract. You will also need to apply for a UK NI number. We also advise that you open a UK bank account.

How old do I have to be to work for Rockley?

To work with us in the UK you need to be 16 + years at the start of your employment.

To work in France you will ned to be 18 years + on the start of your employment.

Please note: Staff accommodation is only available at our UK centres for those aged 18+.

How long is your season?

Our season is usually from March to October.

We have various contract lengths available and are happy to be as flexible as we can be with the dates you are looking at.

Peak season is from June – August and again we have various contract lengths depending on the number of clients we have in each week.

So if you're free for 1 month or 6 please don’t let it deter you from applying.

Can I apply with someone?

Yes that’s no problem!

If you make it clear on your application that you are applying with someone else, and who that person, is we will do our best to put you both at the same centre.

Can I do a work placement with you?

Yes of course! For those completing their post 16 education we have a variety of opportunities available. We have a long history of accepting students who are on college or university courses that have a work placement element to them. We’ve found that our summer season often ties in perfectly with the dates you would need, and we will happily do the paperwork needed for you to make it happen.

If your college or university hasn’t used us a work placement provider before just drop us an email on [email protected] and we can go from there!

What do you look for when recruiting staff?

We are looking for people who are full of enthusiasm, friendly, up for a challenge and hard working. Every day is different so being adaptable and wanting to work in a varied, fun environment is also very handy!

We take people on from a variety of backgrounds so don’t worry if you don’t have loads of experience, we pride ourselves on training and developing our staff so if you have a can do attitude then Rockley could be for you.

If I have an interview where do I go?

We appreciate that we accept applications from across the country so in the first instance all of those applicants successful to the interview stage will go through telephone screening initially. This will be an informal chat with one of our recruitment team to find out a little about you, explain the role you have applied for and assess whether you might be a good fit for Rockley.

Following your telephone interview you may be asked to attend a face to face interview (this will depend on the role). This would take place at either our Head Office on Parkstone Road in Poole, or our Rockley Point sailing centre down in Hamworthy.

We will give you directions and an address to head to so no need to panic!

What is your DBS policy and do I need a check done?

On a season with us you will be working with young people on a daily basis so it is company policy that you hold a valid DBS check. If you have one already our DBS policy will explain whether we can accept your current one or if you will need to apply for a new one, and how to go about it.

Have a read here

What benefits do you offer?

As a basic package we offer:

  • Hourly waged paid on a 4 weekly basis
  • Paid holiday accrued throughout your contract
  • Access to subsidised food & accommodation
  • On-site training including access to further NGB qualifications
  • Access to welfare & wellbeing support in the event that you feel it necessary

Where would I be living while working with you?

If you are working in France you will be living in our chalet style tents with up to 2 other people. The tents have electricity, proper beds and mattresses, a fridge and storage for your things so you can make it as comfy and homely as you like.

In the UK you can opt in for food and to live in our onsite accommodation which is part of our Residential Lodge where our clients stay. You would share a room with up to 2 other people, and most are on suite. There is also access to the communal area of the Lodge which is also where your meals will be served.

What hours would I work?

In France your hours are based on a 35 hour week which is modulated over the season. This means that depending on how busy we are each week your hours may fluctuate, but by the end of your contract will average out to be 35 per week.

In the UK your hours will vary depending on what we have going on at the centre. During low season (March – April) you could expect between 25 – 30 hours per week, during peak season (May – September) you can expect 35 – 40 hours per week.

What can I do in my spare time?

Rockley’s centres are all located in beautiful parts of the world so in your spare time there is a whole host of things to do! On site you could take out any of the spare kit to brush up on your skills, or take a bike and cycle to the local town or beach by following any one of the hundreds of cycle paths connecting the local towns.

If working at one of our French centres you could head over to Aqualand for some waterpark fun, visit the largest sand dune in Europe, Dune de Pyla, take a train to Bordeaux to experience the culture of the area, or head south to experience some of the world famous surf spots.

In the UK, Poole Quay is a hive of activity with a large selection of shops, restaurants and pubs. Bournemouth town is a short bus ride offering some great shopping, beaches and a great nightlife. Don’t worry surfing is still on the cards in the UK with Boscombe and Kimmeridge nearby, or experience the luxury of Sandbanks with it's fantastic kitesurfing and windsurfing. If water is not your thing then Dorset also boasts some of the most amazing countryside right on your doorstep.

Each and every Rockley centre is unique, however we can guarantee you won’t be short of things to keep you occupied in your spare time.

How can I get off site without a car?

Down in Poole you are well connected with the rest of the South coast via its extensive bus and train links. Poole bus and train station are a 15 minute taxi ride from the centre, or alternatively there is a bus link direct from the campsite that goes every hour. Poole also has a National Express stop which gives you access to connecting links to London and the national network.

Over in France you may feel that you will be stuck onsite without a car, but this is not the case. As staff you have access to the centre bikes and can cycle to wherever you fancy or jump on a campsite bus that takes you to the local beach town. You can also arrange a lift to the local train station and from there your options are endless!

What do I need to bring?

The simple answer is whatever you would like to bring with you to get you through a season! There are some things that we think are essential, and others that would be good to bring to make your season as comfortable as it can be.

Do I need to find my own insurance?

Whilst working in France you will be employed by our French business, as such you will have access to French medical assistance. This will be charged at source but then can be claimed back. Please note to do this you will need access to an account with a French IBAN number.

If you choose to opt into the Staff Social Package you will receive Reps Insurance which will give you full medical cover including repatriation.

Can we book time off?

You absolutely can! When working with us you will accrue holiday which you could take all in one go or spread out over the season. We will have periods when we are very busy however so having time off granted in those weeks will be a lot trickier, your manager will let you know which weeks to avoid so you can plan your time off accordingly.

What training can I do with you?

All staff that join us will go through our staff induction and basic training – this will set you up for life at Rockley. It will help to familiarise you with how we do things, where we keep things and how to run sessions to the best of your ability, so you can start the season off on the right foot. Following this you will be involved in various ongoing training programmes depending on your role.

During season you will receive on the job training to keep you upskilled in your chosen sport but also give you the opportunity to gain confidence and experience in a new discipline.

Pre and post season we offer free or discounted NGB training courses to the right candidates giving you the opportunity to gain more qualifications to set you up for the following season.

How will I get home at the end of my contract?

On completion of your contract Rockley will transport you back to the UK and a designated drop off point. This will normally be Poole or Dover ferry port.

On some occasions it may be that a school coach is going nearer to where you need to get to so in this instance you are welcome to stay on the coach until you get to the school.

For those living in Scotland or Ireland Rockley will pay for a flight for you to return home.


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