Outdoor Education Traineeship

Kickstart your career in outdoor experiential education with Outward Bound.

Group Leaders in Training

Have you ever considered a career in outdoor education?

We’re looking for legends who are ready to take on their Cert III or Cert IV in Outdoor Leadership. Get paid to study your Cert III and/or Cert IV in Outdoor Leadership and work with Outward Bound.

• Do you love the outdoors, have a sense of adventure and want to help people achieve their best?
• Do you want to develop your leadership and technical skills in hiking, paddling and roping activities?
• Are you over 18?
• Do you have the right to work in Australia?

If you answered yes to those questions, then an Outward Bound traineeship might be for you! We have two intakes per year and are always happy to talk to you about starting with us in the future.

Based in Tharwa ACT (with accommodation available, pending capacity) you’ll be paid while you study and get hands on experience in all aspects of outdoor education and leadership.

Please email your updated CV and Qualifications to: people@outwardbound.org.au to register your interest!

Frequently Asked Questions
What locations do you operate in? Will I be able to travel?

Outward Bound operates in the ACT, Victoria, NSW and Western Australia. You will have the opportunity to travel and work in a variety of locations if you want to.

What sort of clients will I work with as a group leader?

Outward Bound works with schools in years 4 to 12 during school terms, mostly in high-school age groups on expedition programs.

During the school holidays we offer 5-day adventure programs for youth ages 12 to 14, and 10-day expedition programs for ages 15 to 24.

We also work with community partners to delivered specially designed programs for groups such as Aboriginal youth, youth at risk, visually impaired teenagers, refugees, and new migrants.

Outward Bound also offers corporate programs for graduates and leaders.

As you develop and progress as a group leader, you will have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients. No two programs are the same.

What is the team culture like?

Most of the Operations Team is on contract, and work and live together. The team will travel together to different areas too.

This means that the team bonding is strong and many people adventure together on their time off too!

Does Outward Bound offer accommodation?

Share housing for field staff is available in Tharwa, ACT on our National Base. There is limited capacity and may not be always available.

When we travel to other operations area staff accommodation and facilities are available free of charge.

What professional development will I receive?

A full-time staff member is eligible for 10 days of paid professional development per year (or pro rata on a part time contract). This includes both internal and external qualifications and training.

Further, Outward Bound will cover the cost of a WWCC and Wilderness First Aid for contracted staff members.

What career progression opportunities do you offer?

For the field team, progression happens from Group Leader (leading and facilitating groups on your own) to Senior Group Leader (leading the team and supporting the coordinators) to Coordinator (running programs and the day-to-day operations of base camp) and/or Trainer (working with our trainees and new staff members).

What contract options does Outward Bound offer?

Outward Bound Australia offers a variety of contracts to suit work-life balance. Contracts are also open for review twice yearly in January and August.

Full-time, part-time (0.8 and 0.6), seasonal and casual contracts are available.

What allowances, leave, and other conditions are on offer?

When working overnight with a group, you will be eligible for $80 overnight allowance for every night you have duty of care.

Travel days are paid work days.

In addition to 4 weeks of annual leave and to recognise the demand of our work, on each client day you will accrue an extra 1.5 hours of time-in-lieu and will receive an extra 15 days of leave each year (or pro-rata for part-time contract).

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