opportunities at 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
our guiding team
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
meet our team of IFMGA Guides and IML leaders,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
job vacancies at Icicle
Travel shop assistant in Windermere
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.
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
the right candidate, we can consider
fitting hours to other commitments
e.g. school hours for childcare, or
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.
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
here for this job application form
in Adobe PDF format
here for this job application form
in MS Word format
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.