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We are currently looking for an:

Adventure Based Youth Worker 

About the role


Adventure Based Youth Work (ABYW) involves a worker spending 3 hours with a young person having fun outdoors to co-regulate their emotions, get their body moving, learn new skills, and develop a healthier view of the world. 

Typically weekly, these sessions rapidly build the young person's capacity by creating rich and engaging healing experiences. The impact is deep and helps them access their cognitive brain, where talk is processed. 

ABYW and residential holiday programs are evidenced processes that take the guess work out of healing experiences. The framework is reliable and flexible. 

Our staff enhance the capacity of families and partner organisations. YFO workers are expert in their role and respectfully assist others to try our framework and activities. We work to improve the young persons ecology.



  1. Create adventure experiences that meet client needs in improving their functioning in the world and at home. 

  2. Work with families to help them create an ecology for growth

  3. Prepare reports and manage program budget.

  4. Plan and complete administration tasks as needed.

  5. Mentor other staff and / or conduct training of other staff or external students.

  6. This may include unpredictable and challenging situations.



Benefits and perks


There is real meaning in our work. We see change happen rapidly.

Get to know our young people in detail and help them to flourish.

Develop your group facilitation skills - bring out their best.

Learn to play and have fun as therapeutic experiences.

Become expert in life skills development for adolescents.

Excellent outdoor pay and allowances (SCHADS award)

Extend into our other work roles such as group sessions, leading camps etc.

Fringe Benefits apply.


Skills and experience


The successful applicant will either be ready to start with adventure experience and a degree or equivalent, or will have one of these and will complete the other during their employment with YFO.

Key Competencies:

  • Autonomous planning, delivery and reporting of work done with young people.

  • Communicating effectively and displaying high level of interpersonal skills to function as an effective team member.

  • Maintaining and checking electronic records for use in reviewing young people's development.

  • Displaying respect and empathy for young people with common mental health concerns.

  • Displaying confidentiality, tact, reliability and sensitivity to young people and their families.

  • Employing a trauma focused model, bottom-up, and largely narrative process when working with young people.

  • Contributing to the welfare, health and safety of all attendees including the delivery of first aid.


Essential Criteria:


A Bachelors degree in a human services field or an equivalent, eg Diploma and experience, with either qualifications or experience in Outdoor Leadership / Experiential Learning.

  • Current first aid certificate, (remote or wilderness will be highly regarded).

  • Working with Children Blue Card.

  • Strong written and spoken English.

  • Open manual drivers license.

  • Registered vehicle with comprehensive insurance.


Desirable Criteria:

  • Guide qualifications in Bushwalking, Challenge Ropes, Canoeing, Abseiling and Mountain biking

  • Lifesaving qualification

  • Yellow card

  • Strong personal knowledge and connections with local Aboriginal culture.


If you fit the essential and desirable criteria, apply by emailing your resume to 

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