Career Guides

Outdoor Recreation Guides and Instructors

Outdoor Recreation Guides and Instructors

Outdoor recreation guides and instructors take individuals and groups on outdoor adventure activities such as:

Where you Might Work

Due to their differing qualifications and interests, Outdoor Recreation Guides and Instructors can work in a multitude of different outdoor settings, including: 

Key Responsibilities

Outdoor Recreation Guides and Instructors undergo many tasks throughout the day. Different working environments will decide what jobs will have to be done. Some universal tasks for all guides and officers include: 

The Attributes and Skills You Will Need

The attributes and skills that an Outdoor Recreation Guide should display include: 

Salary: Approximately $65,000

Market Insights

3,500 employed.

Market Insights

Full-time share of 47%.

Market Insights

Female share of 37%

Market Insights

Average age of 30

Market Insights

Retrieved from: Labour Market Insights

Salary: Approximately $65,000, according to Labour Market Insight’s weekly earnings estimate of $1264.


To become an outdoor recreation guide/instructor, you will need to have relevant work experience. This could include doing a placement while completing a relevant VET course. These courses can be found below.

CoursePotential Career OutcomesFurther QualificationsDuration and Number of elements/units
Certificate II, III and IV in Outdoor Leadership (SIS40621)This training provides a pathway to work for any type of organisation that delivers outdoor recreation activities including commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations.n/a

Course Length: 1 year

Certificate IV contains 27 units recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (12 core units, 15 elective units)

Both the cert II and III will be covered in the content of the cert IV, so we recommend studying the cert IV to give yourself all 3 qualifications.

Diploma of Outdoor Leadership (SIS50421)Same pathway as above.n/aContains 28 units recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework

Royal Lifesaving Bronze Medallion Course 

(HLTAID009 and SISCAQU020) 

The minimum standard for a qualified lifesaver.

Will make an applicant more employable when applying for roles that involve bodies of water.


Course Length: 11 hours

Contains 2 units of competency recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework


Additional Training

Already qualified? Head to the Outdoors Queensland jobs board for the best selection of positions currently available in the industry.

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