Links & Resources
General career information, planning and tools – careers and training, finding employment, apprenticeships and the outdoor recreation industry
QFSR Skills Alliance would like to acknowledge the Queensland Government’s support for volunteer training. These courses are recognised Sport and Recreation Services’ Building Active Communities Workshops Program Training opportunities. For further information and to access free click here
The Queensland Government Building Active Communities Workshop program provides free workshops to increase the skills and knowledge of community sport and recreation volunteers such as committee members, coaches, team managers, officials and administrators.
The state peak body solely dedicated to advancing volunteering for the economic, social, cultural & environmental well-being of Queensland. Includes links to qualifications
Nationally recognised qualifications
- Certificate I in Active Volunteering (CHC14015)
- Certificate II in Active Volunteering (CHC24015)
- Certificate III in Active Volunteering (CHC34015)
- Certificate IV in Coordination of Volunteer Programs (CHC44015)
Finding a Job
COOEEads – a job information and advertising service for people looking for work in the outdoors:
- Outdoor Recreation / Education
- Environmental Communication
- Conservation & Parks
COOEEads’ is a weekly email listing jobs, consultancies, tenders, scholarships and grants in the fields of outdoor / environmental education, interpretive communication and park management in Australia (and New Zealand).
Coefficient Industry Resources
Coefficient acts as a bridge between outdoor program providers and freelance staff who are searching for work. The big advantage in working for Coefficient is that we can weave together work from different providers into a work program that fits your needs. Whether you are looking for one day a week or as much work as possible no single outdoor centre can provide the quantity or variety of work that Coefficient can.
AdventurePro – Australia and New Zealand outdoor and adventure employment resource including adventure jobs, outdoor education jobs, outdoor recreation jobs, adventure travel guide job listings and much more…
NRMJobs – job vacancies and other opportunities in the environment, water and natural resource management field in Australia and New Zealand.
Job Search– tool to help finding a position in a government department
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) – a career with National Parks
JobSearch – funded by the Australian Government as a free service to help job seekers find jobs and employers find staff
Careerone: – online jobs database of the News Limited newspapers that includes employment /careers news and resources
mycareer.com.au: – online jobs database of the Fairfax newspapers that includes employment /careers news and resources
seek.com.au – online jobs database that includes employment /careers news and resources
www.careerjet.com.au – Careerjet is an employment search engine.
Career and Job Hunting Resources
In the wise words of Albert Einstein: “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not people or things.” We couldn’t agree more. If you want to achieve career satisfaction, you need to know what you’re striving towards.
myfuture – Australia career and information service
Job Active – information on finding a job or advertising for a new employee (Australian Government)
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A curriculum vitae includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, affiliations, and other details.
When applying for a job, it is vital that you have prepared a professional CV that conveys your academic qualifications, employment background and key skills to your potential employer…
A resume is a brief one or two page summary of your skills, experience and education.
Your resume is your most important tool when applying for a job. It doesn’t matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have – if your resume is poorly presented or badly written, you’re going to have trouble getting the job you want – or even an interview.
A personal statement, sometimes called a professional profile or career summary, is sort of like your elevator pitch. It should describe your best attributes and accomplishments in a few lines, and basically give the hiring manager a quick look at why your resume is worth their time
How to Write a Personal Statement (Open Colleges)
A cover letter is like the introduction to your resume; it gives you a chance to show some personality and demonstrate to an employer that you’ve researched their company and understand exactly what they’re looking for.
How to Write a Great Cover Letter (Open Colleges)
See more at Open Colleges
Developing your interviewing skills before heading out to a job interview – proper interview etiquette, answering common questions, tips and advice on how to prepare, how to behave when attending an interview, suggestions about questions you might get asked and sample thank-you letters to follow up.
Recreation Industry Information
Queensland Fitness, Sport & Recreation Skills Alliance – a not for profit industry workforce advisory organisation that leads and supports the workforce development efforts of our industry.
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER):QLD – is a national professional association representing people who work in the areas of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, Dance, Community Fitness or Movement Sciences.
Skills IQ is a new not-for-profit organisation which will work to support a range of training packages including:
- Sport, Fitness and Recreation
- Tourism, Travel and Hospitality
- Community Services
The Outdoor Council of Australia – a not-for-profit association of outdoor industry professionals in Australia that endeavours to represent organisations and individuals that use outdoor adventure activities for the purpose of:
- Personal development
- Corporate development
Training Queensland – Queensland Government information portal on training and apprenticeships
Training Queensland – section on apprenticeships and trainees
Wages & Employment Conditions
Fairwork Australia – Fair Work Australia is the national workplace relations tribunal with the power to carry out a range of functions relating to:
- the safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions
- enterprise bargaining
- industrial action & dispute resolution
- termination of employment
- other workplace matters.
Fairwork Ombudsman – Information and advice about Australia’s workplace rights and rules
ACTU Worksite: – your rights at work for students. Information for students on the world of work, including employment conditions, finding a union, assignment help and a range of fact sheets on employment issues.
Employment Awards for the Outdoor Recreation Sector
There are four awards that are likely to cover employees in outdoor recreation. Click each award name to view on the Fair Work Commission website.
Guides (from HMT Consulting) for:
The Outdoor Leaders Award (2005) was terminated on July 29, 2011.
Award Coverage in the Outdoor Recreation Sector – an overview
You knew that your volunteer experience looks great on college and scholarship applications, but did you know that it can also help you land a summer job?
Here are 20 skills you learn when volunteering with Youth Volunteer Corps that will help you get your first job and be successful in that position:
Volunteer projects start at a defined time. If you’re not there at the beginning, you’re letting your team down. Same thing in the workplace, with even more at stake!
2. Ability to work with a variety of managers
Did you notice that some Team Leaders ran projects a little differently than others? It might have been that they had different management styles. You’ll find that you need to be comfortable working with a variety of management styles in the workplace.
At a thrift store project, your Team Leader instructs you that you need to help customers when they need help, sort new shoe donations and sweep the back room. You prioritize and figure out the best way to accomplish those tasks within the project time. We bet you’ve had a situation like that on a YVC project!
Did you ever rise above and help lead a group of youth on a project? What about just showing others how to do a certain part of the task? Those are your leadership skills at work!
5. Communication skills when talking to people of all ages
Did you work with children at YVC? What about seniors? If so, we hope you’re more comfortable interacting with people of other ages than you might have been before YVC.
When you serve on a YVC project, you represent YVC to the community, requiring you to be professional and courteous.
Every YVC project involves working as a team in some size, so after a few YVC projects, you’ll have developed your skills in working with all kinds of teams.
8. Ability to work with people different from you
Did you meet people from another part of town? Did you work with youth with different interests from you?
9. Work Ethic
You knew this would be part of this list, right? If you can spend an afternoon spreading bark mulch on a 100-degree day, that shows a lot about your dedication and work ethic!
10. Customer Service
Did you interact with people coming through to get a meal at the soup kitchen? Did you interact with customers at a thrift store? What about greeting hello to hikers on a nature trail you were mulching? Every time you were in a situation like this, you were representing both the agency you were serving and YVC. This is great customer service experience!
Did you have to step outside your comfort zone on a YVC project? It might have been scary at the time, but in the process you became more confident.
12. Public relations
Did you ever have to explain what YVC was to agency staff, other volunteers at the agency or even your friends? You were representing YVC and being a public relations expert for us!
Did you learn a new skill on a YVC project—anything from how to plant onions to how to remove a nail from a board? Someone probably taught you this skill, and you were receptive to what they were telling you, an important ability in the workforce.
All kinds of YVC projects involve organizing, from sorting cans at a food pantry to reorganizing a supply closet in the animal shelter.
15. Following Instructions
At the beginning of the project, your Team Leader and the agency contact give you instructions on your responsibilities. Staying on track and following their guidance is an important thing to learn.
Not everything goes according to planned on YVC projects. You need to adapt and be prepared for whatever might come your way on any given project.
Sometimes it seems like there’s no way you’ll be able to accomplish a project from start to finish. Then you think it over some more, talk with your team and just start tackling the project. Before you know it, you’re done.
Not only did you have to plan ahead when you signed up for your YVC project, but you also probably had to plan your tasks for the day to ensure that the entire project was successful.
YVC projects offer all kinds of ways to think creatively, from helping kids with an art project to acting out a play at a retirement home.
Did you ever teach other youth how to do certain aspects of a project? You were training them on the task, just like you might one day train another employee.
Youth Volunteer Corps
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