Outward Bound is one of the countries leading organisations for helping people realise their full potential through outdoor adventure and challenge.

Our aim is to use Experiential learning – learn through doing, to build transferable skills and attitudes that last for life. We are also building our capability in the sustainability arena as an organisation, and increasing our relationships with local Iwi and knowledge of Te Ao Maori to connect better to our diverse range of students.

About the role

Outward Bound New Zealand is accepting applications for a staff selection course from February 9th-13th 2021.

Instructors work in a variety of environments delivering opportunities and challenges to those on their courses.

An instructor at Outward Bound is supported in their delivery over the first six months to observe, train and deliver core Outward Bound New Zealand courses, from physical training to facilitation and everything in between for people aged mostly from 16 years upwards.

Benefits and perks

This is a hard working, high performing, team environment with a strong safety culture.

Instructors work a total of 200 days of the year, including 20 training days. They also have a training budget and gear allowance.

Days can be long and varied however an instructor works 18 out of 22 days of a course then has a minimum of 5 days off, and twice a year has a full month off.

Instructors are provided with accommodation appropriate to their living needs e.g. family housing, partner, single, for the duration of their time at Outward Bound.

Food is included during working days and our local area is stunning.

For those with families the local school is has a great reputation (Linkwater)

Skills and experience

Applicants should be NZ citizens or have residency or be able to get an NZ Work Permit.

Ideal applicants will be passionate about working with people, will have great skills for working in the outdoors, and experience as an educator or facilitator.

You will have a strong interest in personal development, and want to work in a high performing team.

Training and qualifications in outdoor education are desirable but not essential, and you should have solid experience in two of the three key areas:- Off track tramping / map and compass work, Sailing, and White Water Kayaking – this is now more optional so although preferable not mandatory.

Rock climbing, High ropes and other outdoor activity experience is helpful as is knowledge of Te Ao Maori and sustainability.

How to Apply

Full Instructor application forms and instructions can be found on our website under community / instructors.


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About Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand


Outward Bound, located in the Marlborough Sounds, helps you reach your full potential through challenge in the outdoors. Our classrooms are the mountains, bush and waterways of this beautiful corner of New Zealand.

Outward Bound  is a non profit organisation - our aim is to help create better people, better communities, and a better world. People of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds are welcome at Outward Bound.

All Outward Bound courses are designed on these principles:

Learning through Experience - learn by doing! Learn more about yourself and others from challenge, success and failure, self reflection and feedback. All activities are designed to promote learning that can be transferred to home and work.

Adventure and Challenge - Our courses are based on real adventure. You will have experiences that are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging. We will push your limits and help you conquer your fears!

Physical Activities in the Outdoors - All activities involve situations where there are real consequences. Our highly skilled instructors deliver our courses, which will include activities such as: Sailing, Kayaking, High ropes, Rock climbing, Solo experience, Tramping, Physical training. You don’t need previous outdoors experience to participate.

Safe and Supportive Environment - Clearly maintained boundaries which ensure physical and emotional safety. Supportive relationships and culture.