Join our fantastic team of outdoor educators and support staff!

Bindaree Outdoor Education Services (BOES) recruits only skilled, qualified and experienced staff from across Australia and overseas. Our current staffing pool includes a dozen full-time field staff and more than 110 casual employees. We are always on the lookout for versatile, enthusiastic and knowledgeable professionals to join our team on a casual basis.

Bindaree hires casual employees for three main areas of the business; Bindaree Outdoor Education (BOE), Camp Toolangi, and our Bayswater factory.

Bindaree Outdoor Education (BOE)

The field-based arm of the business is the largest employer. BOE operates outdoor education programs for primarily secondary school clients, in both journey-based and camp-based formats at a large range of locations across Victoria. Adventurous activities are the vehicle to achieve educational aims and outcomes in every program. Because of the scope of BOE, we require staff in a range of field based roles:

·        Assistant Group Leader (AGL) – For most graduates into the industry, the AGL role allows them to build experience in more-controlled environments whilst working alongside some of our most senior staff to manage groups.

·        Group Leader (GL) – These staff are at the forefront of all Bindaree programs. GLs work directly with students and client staff to facilitate a safe and enjoyable camp experience for all participants. There are a number of GL positions from graduate to challenging remote expedition-level roles.

·        Specialist Activity Leader (SAL) – BOE runs many activities which require additional staff to meet ratios and a higher level of skill and experience in order to deliver outstanding sessions to clients. We require experienced field operators in a range of areas including; rock climbing, abseiling, rafting, mountain biking, white water canoeing and caving.

Camp Toolangi

The newest venture for the company is Camp Toolangi, a beautiful location with a purpose-built school camp that sleeps 147 people. Mostly used by the primary-school market, Camp Toolangi requires staff to run a range of activities both on and off site including high ropes, flying fox, crate stack, possum glider, low ropes, obstacle course, orienteering, bushwalking, canoeing, biking, initiatives and more.

Bayswater Head Office

The Bindaree Outdoor Education Services operates out of a factory in Bayswater, where all BOE field programs dispatch from and return to. Additional staff are frequently required on a casual basis to assist with packing for program, turning over gear and program returns at the end of the week.

FAQ

Each area of Bindaree has different minimum qualification requirements.

Bindaree Outdoor Education

  • Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation (Diploma and Undergraduate qualifications are advantageous)
  • Victorian Working With Children Check
  • Current CPR
  • Current Remote or Wilderness First Aid Qualification
  • Logbook experience appropriate to activity areas
  • Drivers Licence (full manual licence is preferred, Light or Medium Rigid is advantageous)

 

 

Camp Toolangi

  • Victorian Working With Children Check
  • Current CPR
  • Current Level 2 First Aid
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age

Due to the constant growth of Bindaree, there are certain skills and qualifications that are in regular demand.

·        Bus drivers – Light or Medium Rigid licence. Must not be on P-plates.

·        Mountain Bike Guides – with strong mechanical skills

·        River Guides – both moving water canoe and rafting.

·        Climb Guides – minimum of top-rope climb and single-pitch abseil using natural protection (single or multi-pitch lead tickets are advantageous)

·        Bushwalk Guides – experienced multi-day journey bushwalk guides

As a small yet developing industry, outdoor education has a range of different employment arrangements across many companies, which may differ markedly from state-to-state.

Bindaree believes that our outstanding team deserve excellent workplace conditions, and was the first outdoor education company in Victoria to develop an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. This was completed in 2013, with Bindaree working together with our employees and the Fair Work Commission to produce a fair and equitable agreement.

The agreement outlines employee remuneration, hours of work, role responsibilities and career progression. Whilst on BOE programs, Bindaree supplies accommodation, transport and catering to all employees.

This EBA is a public document and can be found at www.fwc.gov.au or a copy can be obtained by contacting the Staffing Manager at Bindaree.

Bindaree provides certain gear and uniform items to staff, however due to the range of equipment out there and personal preferences, staff are required to provide the following as a minimum:

  • Tent
  • Rain jacket and over pants (Gore-Tex or equivalent)
  • Drink bottles
  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking pack (70L+)
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Eating implements
  • Sleeping mat and bag
  • Head torch
  • Thermals
  • Fully stocked First Aid Kit (anything used in the field is reimbursed by Bindaree)

As part of our commitment to excellence, the company holds regular new and returning staff inductions each semester. All new staff are required to attend a week-long induction, generally held in early February each year. Returning staff inductions are also held twice-yearly, to ensure all staff are up-to-date on improvements and changes across all areas of the business.

In addition to inductions, we also run regular Bindaree Activity Leader Verification’s (BALVs), which are days where the skills of prospective specialist staff are verified in the field by senior activity specialist staff member. Completion of BALVs is required before new staff can run specialist activities for clients including rafting, canoeing, climbing, biking, survival and caving. All staff are welcome to attend BALVs, either to be assessed or for more experience if it is not a current skillset.

Bindaree Outdoor Education has strong ties to external training organisations and periodically is involved in facilitating access to courses such as Wilderness First Aid, Canoe Instructor, Swift Water Rescue and more.

Finally, as a collection of adventurous people, there are always staff members looking to organise social trips to a huge variety of locations and for many different activities. Bindaree Outdoor Education always aims to assist where possible by providing gear loan options to staff.

Many TAFE and University courses require their students to complete practical placement in the workplace and we are more than happy to facilitate this for outdoor education students. Placements are unpaid however transport, accommodation and catering are generally included. Placement students are never responsible for the supervision of clients, and will always be accompanied by one of our experienced field staff members, to ensure they have a positive and educational placement experience.

All placement students must hold a valid Working With Children Check.

If you are interested in placement, please email the Program Staffing Manager with your preferred dates, preferred activities or location, and a copy of your resume.

Bindaree Outdoor Education operates a paid internship program, which offers an excellent pathway to complete your studies whilst working in the outdoor education industry, developing as a professional and earning a wage sooner.

Both Certificate IV and Diploma level courses are offered and students spend their time at our Bayswater factory, on program and also at Alexandra, where the TAFE components are based. The course is run in conjunction with Wodonga TAFE, and several other major industry organisations also contribute students to the course.

These courses prepare you for a career as an outdoor guide, with students able to learn the skills to become world-class guides in a variety of different activity skill sets.

Bindaree Outdoor Education advertises annually around November for applications to the January intake. Please keep an eye on this page for upcoming application dates.

Current Vacancies

We are always happy to receive applications for casual staff seeking work as an AGL, GL and/or SAL position. Please read through the employment information to ensure your skills and experience match what we are looking for. If they do we’d love to have you on board so please send your applications to the Program Staffing Manager, see ‘how to apply’ for details.

How to apply

Please address your application to our Program Staffing Manager, Nic Bishop.

He can be contacted at nic.bishop@bindaree.com or on (03) 9720 9896.

Please ensure your application includes your resume, logbook, copies of any relevant qualifications and two references. Your references will only be contacted after the interview process.

If you have any questions at all about working with Bindaree – please feel free to contact Nic for assistance.