It’s time to get your dream job in the outdoors underway, at Hillary Outdoors…

What’s your dream job? Would you like to be tied to a desk surrounded by paperwork, listening to the hum of the air conditioner? Or would you like to be in the fresh air, surrounded by fantastic landscape as the native birds chirp, inspiring youth to be the best version of themselves – helping them to lead, work as a team, communicate effectively, take responsibility for themselves, the environment and their communities? A career in the outdoors is a real possibility, so read on to discover how you can realise your dream.

Many people know that they want to ‘work outdoors’, however plenty struggle to discover what ‘actual job’ they could do. One such job is an outdoor instructor, and this is the reason that many tertiary students find themselves living and studying in the centre of the North Island. Hillary Outdoors has an Outdoor Education Centre adjacent to the Tongariro National Park that provides outdoor education programmes primarily for young people. Secondary school students usually attend as part of a school group with the aim of experiencing and gaining outdoor recreational skills in activities like kayaking, caving and abseiling, as well as learning important life skills such as; teamwork, resilience, independence and perseverance.

Leading the way in the outdoor education sector, Hillary Outdoors plays a key and unique role in training outdoor instructors through its tertiary programmes that are based at the Tongariro Centre. Unlike some urban based outdoor recreation courses, tertiary students at Hillary Outdoors get to benefit from the practical environment of a fully operational outdoor education centre. This means that students get a taste of what it will be like working in the outdoors and are ready to hit the ground running quicker when it comes time for paid employment. Hillary Outdoors graduates are in high demand as instructors in the industry in New Zealand and overseas.

Being an outdoor instructor is not the only job that students set their sights on when they enrol in Hillary Outdoors tertiary programmes – there are plenty of graduates that have gone on to have successful careers that utilise the specific skills gained through their qualifications. For example, employment with Department of Conservation, councils etc. where their days are spent in outdoor environments. Some graduates have found the experience has helped them handle unexpected life changes better or helped them with planning and organisation – to be more productive and effective, whatever their job.

Tertiary students at Hillary Outdoors are immersed in an outdoor environment for over 30 weeks a year. Hillary Outdoors offers more registered activities (with Adventure Activities Regulations) than any other outdoor education provider in New Zealand. The beauty of being based amongst spectacular mountains, bush and rivers is that this provides students with a diverse range of opportunities to experience and develop their outdoor skills. It also becomes the students’ playground during their spare time.

So, if you have a passion for the outdoors, take a look at the Hillary Outdoors website and Tertiary Prospectus for more information about the level 4 and 5 NZQA approved programmes. The Year One Certificate in Outdoor Recreation will provide you with expert training focused on developing personal and technical skills across a variety of outdoor pursuits, directed at both the outdoor education and adventure tourism career fields. You then have the option to progress on to Year Two, to undertake the National Diploma in Outdoor Recreation (Instruction), which provides students with the opportunity to build on the technical skills gained in the Year One Certificate programme as well as the chance to learn how to teach these skills to others and work with groups safely in the outdoors.

Don’t delay – although there are still places available, studies start in February!


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