2022 Outdoor Leadership Trainees

Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership Positions available across our school  Rubicon Outdoor School is an outdoor, multi-campus specific purpose school within the Department of Education and Training (DET), utilising both residential and expedition modes of attendance. We’re proud to have continually delivered rigorous and innovative curriculum-based educational programs to Victorian government schools for over 40 years. We have campuses at both Nayook, in West Gippsland near Warragul and Thornton, in the Rubicon Valley near Lake Eildon and Alexandra. The Person We are looking for Outdoor Leadership Trainees to join our team at each of our campuses. Successful applicants will be employed with us as they complete a Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership and as a result of being interested in pursuing a career in Outdoor Education sector. Trainees need to possess a strong desire to work with young people. Students participating in residential schools require a high level of pastoral care. Trainees need to be able to relate and communicate well with students, act in a mentoring role, whilst exercising their duty of care in a professional manner. Trainees also need to be able to work with a wide range of age groups, physical and mental abilities and ethnic backgrounds. Trainees need to have a keen interest in outdoor adventure activities. Physical fitness, health and well- being are key elements of our programs. Trainees need to be comfortable at heights, on water and in the bush. Providing challenging experiences in the outdoors also requires a deep commitment to maintaining a safe working environment for both students and staff. Programs have a strong environmental focus and trainees need to demonstrate a commitment towards conserving and educating for the natural environment. Trainees accept responsibility for a range of different areas around the school. This requires being able to work both independently and as part of a team. They need to be highly motivated and be able to contribute ideas and develop new and existing aspects of the program. Rubicon School is a workplace where all staff need to be able to work on any aspect of the program and facilities in all kinds of conditions. This requires flexibility and willingness to take on new jobs. This includes working with all adventure activities as well as taking on roles within administration or equipment maintenance. Working Conditions During programs there can be up to 14 hours of face to face contact with students per day. The school is a smoke and alcohol-free workplace and requires all staff to meet the requirements of working within the Victorian Public Sector as well as a Childsafe environment. This is a demanding position and requires flexibility and a good sense of teamwork. Duties are varied and range from supporting group leadership and facilitation and numerous other activities in order to support the safe and efficient operation of the program and school. Group sizes at Rubicon vary and for most activities, you will be working at ratios of 2 staff with a group of 10-12 students. Trainees always work with a qualified teacher helping support students in their learning. TAFE Requirements The traineeship runs for 12 months and during this time trainees will be employed on a full-time basis as part of their traineeships. During the year trainees are also enrolled in an approved VET course, through a Registered Training Organisation, undergoing classes and activity skills training as scheduled. This includes theory elements as well as a variety of skills training in appropriate outdoor pursuits. Trainees are responsible for the costs associated with training, enrolment and travel to and from the VET provider, plus association and first aid course fees, and other personal outdoor equipment costs (eg thermals, walking shoes, etc.). In the past, this has amounted to around $4500 depending upon eligibility for concessions. Fees are set by the VET provider and change from year to year. The contract is conditional on you paying all fees to the training provider and successfully completing your training. If for any reason you are unable to complete your training, we reserve the right to end your employment contract immediately. The position attracts level B State Training Wage Category, which for a school leaver post year 12 is approximately $398.50 per week. Specific Duties
  • To assist and teach in conjunction with outdoor teaching staff in all activities and programs
  • Develop skills and knowledge in leading outdoor programs with small groups of secondary students
  • Develop knowledge and judgment in a variety of outdoor experiences
  • Act as an effective program leader and supportive staff member in the outdoor program
  • Perform teaching and supervision duties on overnight activities, early mornings and evenings
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of the role and duties of “Teaching in the Outdoors”
  • Perform others duties as directed by the Principal or delegate.
  The Process There are four parts to the application process. Step 1 You must provide a C.V. including an indication that you meet all the prerequisites listed below and a list of referees with contact details. Prerequisites:
  • Successful completion of year 10, with experience in Outdoor and Environmental Studies or a similar subject.
  • Over 18 years old or turning 18 in early 2022
  • Holder of a current driver’s license or learners permit obtaining a license early 2022
  • Currently hold or be able to pass a “Working with Children Check”, successful applicants must have this prior to commencement.
Step 2 Secondly, you must write and tell us how you meet the key selection criteria upon which we evaluate you against the other applicants. Key Selection Criteria:
  • Demonstrated interest in outdoor adventure activities and an understanding of what young people benefit from participation
  • Ability to work in a small productive team working towards a common goal and as a constructive member of a community
  • Demonstrated interest in the natural environment and improving its condition
  • Experience in a leadership role, accepting responsibility and demonstrating initiative
Step 3 Lodge your application by email. Email: rubicon.os@education.vic.gov.au Step 4 Be available for an interview in mid-October. This may need to be via an internet video meeting. A group tour of the facilities and outdoor activities may be available prior to interviews, restriction dependant. Applications close 31st/10/2021. For further information please contact the school on (03) 5773 2285 or email the address above.