Jobs & Volunteering

The OSS is powered by a mixture of individuals who donate their time and expertise, and paid roles, which are resourced via commercial activities (events and merchandise). Both of these types of jobs are advertised here.

The Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) operates as a social enterprise and is free to join. It raises money to support itself via events and merch, and uses what funds it has to provide a community and information-channel which promotes and enables outdoor swimming. The OSS runs this website, regular newsletters, various social media channels and supports the free crowd-sourced wild swim map


We are recruiting! We are looking for a new event manager to join the existing OSS event team, leading on the Hurly Burly event. We are looking for someone for whom this is a really exciting proposition,  to be embraced for a few years.

THE JOB: The successful planning, management and delivery of one of the countries most adventurous new swim events, the Hurly Burly, which includes a run and run-swim. You will have leading responsibility in the smooth running of on an event that runs on time, to budget, providing a safe, inspiring and enjoyable event experience for participants and event partners. The event is a mixture of highly practical water safety issues, highly creative delivery, and the year-round admin that goes alongside. Water safety is subcontracted, and managed by you. Management of it takes 40-60 days a year, spread over the year.

ABOUT YOU: You are probably a freelance event manager working in the outdoors or festival/ arts event industries. You are energetic, multi-skilled, detail orientated, organised, practical, and passionate about delivering well organised outdoors event experiences. Outdoors experience helps but it is not required to be a swimmer. We are looking for someone to make this part of their working life ongoing.

See Full Job Description. Application forms are available from Applications open 8th December, and close 21st January. We will review applications as they come in.


Our events are run by a small army of volunteers. These individuals work as marshals and team leaders of critical areas such as: registration, baggage, hot chocolate, merchandise. We have a hard won reputation for running the friendliest, best organised swims in the land and over the course of 2018 around 200 individuals will help us maintain this. Please join us!

The days can be long and hard, but also fun – our focus for 2018 is community, so whether it’s on site volunteer camping (the Swoosh), or a volunteer BBQ on the Friday night (the Dart10k), we are focused on giving extras on top of that essential free t-shirt and swimmer thanks. Volunteer team members get a discount on a future swim entry; access to early-bird tickets in future years, and make this swim possible for others.

Our three events are the Swoosh (14th July), the Dart10k (14/15 September) and the Hurly Burly (29th October). The #OSSteam at the event are a mixture of swimmers, supporters, charity volunteers, locals and scout and similar groups.

More information is available in event specific factsheets: Swoosh, Dart 10k, Hurly Burly.  Our volunteers are led by Jamie Cross, Volunteer Manager. If you can volunteer for any or all of this years events, please get in touch with him and Carmel on

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