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Our team have a unique opportunity to make a difference. Our mission is to provide challenging experiences that help people discover, develop and achieve their potential.  Our culture is supported by our values of Human Potential, Integrity, Responsibility, Resilience, Compassion and Service. Learn more about our mission and values. Working at Outward Bound Australia is more than a job, it is an inspiring lifestyle that provides challenge and adventure along with the opportunity to make lasting friendships and visit untouched parts of Australia.

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Opportunities for Experienced Outdoor Instructors

We are always looking for experienced instructors to join our team. Get in contact with our National Resourcing Manager Pania Howe via email

Starting a career as an Outdoor Instructor with Outward Bound

Do you dream of becoming an outdoor instructor and working with one of the world’s leading Outdoor Education organisations? Are you passionate and seriously committed in developing a career in the outdoors? Do you care about the outdoors, young people and do multi day, journey-based programs excite you? Outward Bound Australia is looking for enthusiastic outdoors people who wish to train to become Outdoor Instructors and work with Outward Bound Australia.

Applications for the July 2018 Intake are now OPEN!

The 2 programs we offer will provide you with the qualifications and skills to lead Outward Bound programs in Australia, and the potential for ongoing work and a career with us.

The 2 programs combine:

  • Study to achieve the nationally the accredited qualifications – Certificate III and Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation through TAFE NSW;
  • Industry professional development training;
  • Work experience and internal Outward Bound Australia training and;
  • Ongoing work and a career with us.

New for 2018, Outward Bound Australia will be offering scholarships to complete the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation at TAFE NSW Lithgow College.

Starting in July 2018, the scholarship includes:

  1. Participation in a 12-day Outward Bound Australia expedition program;
  2. All Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation enrolment and material costs;
  3. Vocational placements (approximately 10 days) on Outward Bound Australia programs.

When you finish the Certificate III, you will be offered the opportunity to be selected for Outward Bound Australia’s premier Instructor Development Program that starts in January 2019.

If you have successfully completed the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation through TAFE NSW Lithgow College, you may be offered the opportunity to join our Instructor Development Program. The Instructor Development Program is a two-and-a-half-year commitment which includes:

  • All enrolment and material costs for the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation at TAFE NSW;
  • Industry professional development training, including Leaders Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Outward Bound Australia specific training and specialist activity training;
  • A minimum of 4 paid Outward Bound Australia programs in the first 6 months;
  • Ongoing employment.

What type of person are we looking for?

No previous experience in Outdoor Education is required. We are looking for people with exceptional interpersonal skills, a passion for education, the natural environment and personal development. It is preferred that you have experience in the outdoors especially in activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, flat or white water canoeing, kayaking or rafting, and bushwalking.

Are there any minimum requirements?

  • You must be over 18 years old in July 2018
  • You must have, or be able to obtain a Working With Children Check in NSW
  • You must have working rights in Australia for at least 3 years. Outward Bound Australia will not sponsor visa’s for overseas applicants
  • You must have a valid Australian driver’s licence

When does this program start?

We are expecting to take an intake into this program starting in the early July 2018.

What is the selection process?

The selection process will happen in April and May 2018. The first step will be to complete our online application. You will need to:

  • Upload a resume;
  • Give us details about your personal strengths and experience in the outdoors;
  • Complete online ability testing (numbers, words, shapes, interests and personality). This helps us assess whether you will need assistance to compete the TAFE courses.

We will assess the online applications and invite several people to our on-site Selection Program. We will be holding this program towards the end of May, at either our Northern NSW base, Canberra base or both, depending on the number of applicants.

We expect that we will be able to make offers of places onto The Scholarship Program by the end of May 2018.

For your introduction into The Scholarship Program – Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation, you are invited to participate in a 12-day Outward Bound Australia expedition program near Murwullimbah in Northern NSW. After that you will spend the next 5 months (July – November 2018) based at Lithgow, NSW at the TAFE NSW Lithgow College working towards the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation. This is a full-time study program with a lot of practical field time. During your Certificate III we will also arrange vocational placements on our expedition programs in one of our stunning locations.

The Instructor Development Program – Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (January to November 2019) will be a combination of TAFE blocks at Lithgow and Outward Bound Australia programs at one of our operating areas. Accommodation is available on site at our Base in Tharwa during this period.  Upon successful completion of your Certificate IV, you will be engaged at either our Northern Region Base near Murwullimbah, NSW or our Southern Region Base at Tharwa, ACT.  Outward Bound Australia is truly a national organisation and you will have the opportunity to travel and work in different locations throughout your career with us.

Studying at TAFE NSW – Lithgow

We have partnered with TAFE NSW Lithgow for the delivery of the nationally accredited Certificate III and Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. TAFE NSW Lithgow are recognised across the industry as leading the development of outdoor professionals. The program focuses heavily on in-field, practical learning to develop work ready professionals.

Find out more about TAFE NSW Lithgow

Simone Carroll-Germech - Outdoor Recreation Teacher and Course Coordinator

Adele Stubenrauch - Outdoor Recreation Teacher and Course Coordinator

The nationally accredited training that is provided as part of our training programs is set out in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Training Package.

We have chosen electives that we need to develop well rounded Outdoor professionals who have the right skills to run our Outward bound Australia programs.

Details of our planned Certificate III and Certificate IV units are in the tabs below.

Below are the units we are planning for participants in The Scholarship Program to complete in semester 2 in 2018. You must complete 12 core units and 12 elective units making a total of 24 units.


Core units

Title of unit of competency


Organise personal work priorities and development


Provide First Aid


Plan outdoor recreation activities


Guide outdoor recreation sessions


Minimise environmental impact


Interpret weather conditions in the field


Facilitate groups


Provide customer service


Respond to emergency situations


Follow occupational health and safety policies


Undertake risk analysis of activities


Provide work skill instruction



Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment


Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment


Guide bushwalks in a controlled environment


Operate communications systems and equipment


Safeguard an abseiler using a single rope belay system


Apply single pitch abseiling skills on natural surfaces


Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces


Demonstrate self-rescue skills in white water


Assist in the facilitation of adventure-based learning activities


Conduct a high ropes session


   Demonstrate basic cycling skills


   Demonstrate basic off-road cycling skills

31 units must be completed, 15 core units and 16 elective units

Core Units


Develop work priorities


Provide first aid


Plan outdoor recreation activities


Manage risk in an outdoor activity


Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities


Interpret weather conditions in the field


Apply search and rescue skills


Address client needs


Respond to emergency situations


Promote compliance with laws and legal principles


Conduct projects


Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies


Support implementation of environmental management practices


Use resources efficiently


Provide work skill instruction


Elective units

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Operate communications systems and equipment


Apply intermediate bushwalking skills


Apply river crossing skills


Guide intermediate bushwalks


Apply navigation skills in an intermediate environment


Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site

Group Q – Challenge Ropes Course – Supervise High Ropes


Facilitate adventure based learning activities


Conduct a high ropes session


Supervise a high ropes session

General Electives


Perform deep water rescues


Apply canoeing skills


Guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water


Guide abseiling on single pitch natural surfaces


Perform vertical rescues


Apply advanced off-road cycling skills


Guide off-road cycle tours

Below are some questions we think you may have:

What is the salary for an Outdoor Instructor?

Outdoor Instructors at Outward Bound Australia earn a full time equivalent salary of between $36,000 and $43,000 per year plus 9.5% superannuation. Most of our staff work part time (between 60% to 80% of full time) to meet our workload peaks and to give them time to pursue other professional interests and personal adventures. Their salaries are paid at a pro-rata rate when working part time.

Do you have accomodation available?

During the Scholarship Program you will be responsible for your own accommodation and living expenses whilst studying at TAFE NSW Lithgow.

Once you start The Instructor Development Program we may be able to provide accommodation on some of our sites, at a reasonable cost. Food and other living expenses are your responsibility.

When you are working on one of our programs or attending a vocational placement we will provide you with accommodation and food.

Is there a time commitment? How long do I need to stay working for Outward Bound Australia?

For The Scholarship Program there is no requirement to pay back any costs incurred by Outward Bound Australia, or work for any length of time after the program. Of course, we hope that all participants of The Scholarship Program complete it successfully and are selected for The Instructor Development Program.

If you join The Instructor Development Program, Outward Bound Australia will make a significant investment in your training and development, therefore we expect that you will work for us for at least 2 years from the start of this program. If you choose to leave us before your 2 years is up, we will require repayment of some, or all of the costs incurred.


How many people are you looking for to join the program?

We are looking to take an intake of around 12 people in July 2018.

Work for Outward Bound around the world

Outward Bound Australia is a member of the international network of Outward Bound schools spanning over 30 countries, which gives our staff access to international connections and career pathways. For more information about working for Outward Bound around the world, below you will find some links to our international careers websites: