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Just think of all of the fun leisure activities occurring in natural settings... from bush-walking and swimming to the more challenging like rock climbing and white-water rafting. Outdoor recreation jobs are based around providing opportunities for individuals, groups or organisations to experience activities in the outdoors. For example you may find yourself working in corporate adventure training or in adventure tourism at a resort or on a cruise ship.

Working outdoors is challenging and can involve exciting activities on water, land, underground or up mountains! Outdoor activity instructors develop the skills of participants, while outdoor guides supervise small groups of people participating in outdoor journeys. If you are employed in the outdoor recreation sector you will need to have a variety of skills that include expertise in that particular activity and skills relating to communication, coordination, marketing and facilitation.

For more information on occupations, related job tasks and work environment characteristics visit the sites below:

Job Roles

  • Outdoor Activity Assistant
  • Adventure Tour Guide
  • Outdoor Guide
  • Outdoor Activity Instructor
  • Camp Owner/Operator
  • Operations Manager
  • Outdoor Program Manager


  • Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation
  • Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation
  • Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation
  • Diploma of Outdoor Recreation
  • Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management

Training Options

All qualifications in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package are suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway. A Sport, Fitness or Recreation traineeship (also called an Australian Apprenticeship) offers you employment and formal training at the same time. You can seek traineeships through advertised jobs or by approaching an organisation and asking to be employed as a trainee. Your chances will be increased if you have a history of participation or volunteering for that group. You can also contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre or speak with your school career counsellor. For more information visit

To see a list of SA Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who are approved to deliver sport, recreation and fitness qualifications click HERE.
Please visit each of the RTOs websites to find out what qualifications they deliver and if they have an office in South Australia.

If you are still at school you can start your retail career through VET in SACE. For more information on what subjects are available check out the VET Recognition register

Personal Characteristics & Skills 

  • Active
  • Outgoing personality
  • Good communication skills
  • Satisfaction from helping others succeed
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management and planning skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Motivational skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Good presentation

Entry into the Industry 

There are a number of entry-level positions within the industry. They include roles such as a retail assistant in equipment stores, referees and umpires, administration assistants, community activities assistant, facility maintenance and outdoor activity assistants. Many of these roles offer you the chance to network with new people, learn and do new things and build a career path.

Even if there are no paid work opportunities, a wide variety of organisations depend upon volunteers. Volunteer work in sport, fitness and recreation is an excellent way of experiencing new challenges and learning about the industry. Many people use volunteering as a stepping stone to employment.


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