Fancy a snow job? #snowUK

Can’t get enough of the snow? Here are four jobs that officially involve working with snow according to the National Careers Service.

Outdoor activities instructor

WHAT DO THEY DO?

Outdoor activities instructors lead trips and teach skills in activities like hill walking, climbing, canoeing, skiing and snowboarding.

iStock-508493206.jpg

PAY: £12,000 to £30,000

GETTING THERE

You’ll need to be at least 18 (21 to drive a minibus), and you’ll usually need:

  • a skill in at least one outdoor activity
  • coaching or instructor qualifications approved by the relevant national governing body (NGB) for each of your sports or activities
  • a first aid certificate
  • a life-saving certificate if you instruct water-based activities

It may also help if you’ve been involved in activities, like:

  • Duke of Edinburgh awards
  • membership of activity clubs
  • volunteering at outdoor activities centres
  • youth work, teaching, sports coaching or training
  • physical training instruction in the armed forces

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
You’ll also need an enhanced background check which your employer will arrange for you.
The Institute for Outdoor Learning and Skills Active have more information on becoming an outdoor activities instructor.

WHAT YOU’LL ACTUALLY DO

You'll provide activities to help people enjoy their leisure time

  • team-building training exercises for workplaces
  • activity courses for disadvantaged young people

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • planning and preparing activities
  • explaining, advising on and demonstrating activities
  • instructing in specialist areas, like sailing or climbing
  • making sure all equipment and facilities are safe
  • explaining safety procedures
  • Checking weather conditions, assessing hazards and managing risks

You may also have to deal with accidents, and support people who may be nervous about taking part in activities.

PAY: £12,000 to £30,000 average pay


Road worker

WHAT DO THEY DO?

Road workers build and repair roads and motorways.

iStock-859237590.jpg

PAY: 16,000 to 40,000

GETTING THERE

There are no set requirements. Experience as a construction labourer and GCSEs or a college course in construction could help you get work. You must have a driving licence and be over 18. You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

WHAT YOU’LL ACTUALLY DO

  • build, widen and resurface roads
  • repair cracks and potholes
  • lay pavements
  • maintain roadside verges and central reservations
  • paint road markings
  • put up crash barriers, road signs, traffic lights and street lamps
  • dig trenches for cables and pipes
  • grit roads and clear snow in winter

PAY: 16,000 to 40,000 average pay


Train station staff

Train station staff deal with customers and carry out duties on station platforms.

iStock-91750290.jpg

PAY: 17,000 to £27,000

GETTING THERE

There are no set entry requirements but employers may ask for a good standard of English and maths.
Experience of working with the public in retail or customer service would be helpful.
You can apply directly to train operating companies (TOCs), or get into this job through an apprenticeship. 
Careers That Move has more information about jobs in the passenger transport and travel industries.

WHAT YOU’LL ACTUALLY DO

  • Your day-to-day duties could include:
  • selling and checking tickets 
  • making sure that passengers get on and off the train safely 
  • helping to load and unload luggage 
  • signalling the guard or driver to depart 
  • updating message displays showing passenger information 
  • making passenger announcements 
  • operating CCTV cameras 
  • giving out information on services, routes, train times and delays

In smaller stations, you may have other tasks, like cleaning or clearing snow and ice off platforms during the winter.

PAY: 17,000 to £27,000 average pay


Airport baggage handler

Airport baggage handlers load and unload luggage and cargo from aircraft.

iStock-458932653.jpg

PAY: £15,000 to 20,000

GETTING THERE

You'll need to be over 18 and pass security and medical checks. Experience of warehouse work and an LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) or forklift truck licence could be helpful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Careers that Move has advice on jobs in the travel and transport industry.

WHAT YOU’LL ACTUALLY DO

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • transferring luggage from check-in areas to departure areas
  • making sure luggage gets onto the right plane
  • moving luggage to and from aircraft holds using trucks, cargo loaders and conveyor systems
  • storing cargo in warehouses
  • loading luggage onto conveyors in the arrivals hall
  • reporting baggage that's damaged or suspicious

If you're employed by a ground services company, you may also help clean and de-ice planes, and keep runways clear of debris and snow in winter.

PAY: £15,000 TO 20,000 average pay