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Employment opportunities at Icicle

Icicle is a specialist provider of Alpine courses and worldwide expeditions. The range of courses includes: climbing, off piste skiing, mountaineering, ski touring, trekking, trail running and snowshoeing. Our aim is to exceed the expectations of our clients, to realise their ambitions, and to provide the best quality experiences possible. Our mission is to have the best safety and summiting records of any mountaineering company in the world. How we achieve these goals, is by hiring the best staff in the business, and allocating them the roles that suit them best.

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Our guiding team and their qualifications
In the Alps the laws governing what levels of leader are qualified to take groups are very strict. All climbing, glacier travel, and off piste skiing must be led by an IFMGA / UIAGM International Mountain Guide. The UK qualifications of MIC, MIA, ML(W), ML(S) & SPA have zero standing in the Alps. For groups involved in snowshoeing, trekking, and avalanche awareness a UIMLA International Mountain Leader is the qualification required. Whatever course you are on, we ALWAYS adhere strictly to these qualifications standards. Our leaders are our most important asset as far as both the clients and we are concerned, and we take great care in recruiting suitable leaders.

To meet our team of IFMGA Guides and IML leaders, click here (use if the IFMGA and UIMLA logos below are authorised by the named course directors on this linked page). Anyone who applies for a leader position will be required to provide copies of their qualification(s) certificates, their professional carnet, and insurance details.

If you hold either the IFMGA or UIMLA carnet, or your MIC or MIA for UK work, and wish to work with us, please e-mail us to arrange a meeting at either our Windermere office. We do not hire anyone without meeting them first, as we need to be completely satisfied that you would fit with our work ethic and standards. Most guides come recommended by others in our team.
International Mountain Guides
We always welcome extra applicants to join our team of over 30 mountain guides. There is a variety of positions from full time to freelance that are available. Applicants must speak fluent English and French.
International Mountain Leaders
Any vacancies for IML's will be advertised through the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML), and will be posted on their website forum. We would then welcome applications from full IML's.
Each year we get several e-mails from people saying they want to work for free or a low wage, to work alongside our guiding team to get enough experience to become qualified. We do not cater for this for three key reasons; 1) it is illegal for anyone to work in the Alps assisting leading a group who is not qualified already, 2) an extra person joining a guided group comes under the duty of care of the qualified guide leading that group, and so reduces the number of spaces for paying clients which makes this completely financially unviable, or 3) the amount of previous experience required before even starting to train on one of the guiding schemes is so great that there is no possible way to get the experience over any less than circa ten seasons, let alone one season. For details about the training schemes, click on one of these links; IFMGA Guides or UIMLA Leaders.
Current job vacancies at Icicle


Adventure Travel shop assistant in Windermere

Our office and shop in Windermere requires a shop assistant, who will also assist with some basic course administration, and processing payments for hire kit.

Hours and days of work are negotiable, but this job would ideally suit someone looking for 2 days full time (hours could be split over 3 days to suit you if required).

The majority of the work is unaccompanied, especially during the peak summer season, there is always constant support and assistance. Full training is provided.

Some previous retail experience would be advantageous, though non essential. You should be computer literate (e.g. Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer).

A good attitude, an ability to adapt to any task, and a friendly and approachable personality is required. We value life experience as much as any qualifications!

We are a small family run company, and assure you that we are fair, hard working and honest. We expect high integrity and total discretion.

The pay rate is £10ph, and we are looking for 12 - 16 hours per week. We are negotiable on when these hours are fixed, and can discuss details at interview.

For the right candidate, we can consider fitting hours to other commitments e.g. school hours for childcare, or ongoing studies.

If you are keen to join our close team, and to work for a company that is really going somewhere, in a beautiful part of the world, we really want to hear from you.

The closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 31st May 2017.

To apply, either send a CV with covering letter and a recent photo of yourself (ideally doing something outdoorsy!), or complete an application form (see below).

Click here for this job application form in Adobe PDF format

Click here for this job application form in MS Word format

Sorry, we are not recruiting other posts at present, but thank you for the interest you have shown in looking. Any future roles will be advertised here, so it's worth checking from time to time.
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A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.

Get in contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee to discuss your course in person with a trip advisor.

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