WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Our Base is located in Eildon and we have 3 Camp locations. Eildon is located about 2.5 hours (138km) northeast of Melbourne. It is a small town, with a permanent population of approximately 650 people, and is now essentially tourism based, the town itself has an interesting history, with the local rivers and Lake Eildon on its doorstep, attracting many thousands of water-skiers, pleasure boaters, and fishermen, with some 800 permanently located houseboats. It is known for its fishing and serenity surrounded by lakes and mountains and national parks. The nearest town of some size is Alexandra (20km) which has a larger number and variety of stores, banks etc.
Camp Eildon is located on the Goulburn River just outside of the township of Eildon.
Camp Marysville is located in the foothills of Lake Mountain in the town of Marysville only 97 kms northeast of Melbourne.
Camp Jungai is located in the picturesque Rubicon Valley on a 120 hectare property, only 15kms from Eildon.
We have an operational base in Moss Vale and 2 Camp locations. Moss Vale is located about 1.5 hours from both Sydney (the most beautiful harbour in the world) and Canberra (our Nation’s capital). Moss Vale (Mossy for Moss Vegas to the locals) has a population of around 7500. It is located in the heart of the Southern Highlands region which caters to city folk who like to escape for the weekend. Moss Vale is a minor centre for agriculture and industry but you can find many activities and attractions in the surrounding area to keep you occupied. Café culture and fine dining can be found in Bowral, just 10 kilometers north. For the more adventurous, the region offers great areas to paddle, cycle, climb or hike. Camp Wombaroo is located in the picturesque Southern Highlands about halfway between Sydney and Canberra and Biloela Bush Camp is located in the Southern Highlands situated in a private lush river valley.
HOW TO FIND ACCOMMODATION?
Please note that it is advisable to have some money saved up before beginning work with OEG in order to organize your accommodation after the first month.
We will provide you with free accommodation for the first month during your WFA, orientation and pre-requisite skills development program. We will also offer food staple packages to assist with your expenses during this time. We have 2 staff houses on base and can accommodate approx. 15 in each house, accommodation can continue in these houses for a fee of $55 per week up to 3 months.
Most people aim to base themselves in Eildon, where we have a very vibrant OEG community. Some staff with personal transport live in nearby Alexandra, Taggerty and even Melbourne.
Probably the best way to go about finding your own place is to check out the real estate agents, ask around the OEG community and look at the notice boards in the hub or the town centre.. You can always post your own ad in one of these spots enquiring about places to rent, or try gum tree online www.gumtree.com.au
There are 3 Real Estates in Alexandra, all located near the main St and Eildon has 1 located in Hillside Ave near the Police Station. The applications are most likely to ask for information such as employment, $per week, rental history, references and personal ID’s.
Housing costs can vary—on average, you might pay anywhere from $200 to $300 per week to rent a house. An upfront bond is usually required approx. one months rent in advance. Many OEG staff opt to share houses, with rent working out to about $80 to $120 per person per week. Generally utilities are extra on top of your rent.
You can also go onto www.realestate.com.au to view rental properties in the area.
Temporary accommodation can be found at the various caravan parks. Van or tent sites are available with weekly rates by request.
We will provide you with free accommodation for the first month during your WFA, orientation and pre-requisite skills development program. We will also offer food staple packages to assist with your expenses during this time.
Most people aim to base themselves in Moss Vale to be close to work and OEG’s vibrant community. Some staff with personal transportation live in nearby Berrima, Bowral or Mittagong, and a smaller group of staff live in Sydney and commute to Moss Vale for field programs.
Probably the best way to go about finding your own place is to check out the real estate agents, ask around the OEG community and look at the notice boards in the office or the town centre where the shops are. You can always post your own ad in one of these spots enquiring about places to rent, or try gum tree online www.gumtree.com.au. Many home owners have small units (called granny flats) in their backyard and are affordable options or happy to rent you a bedroom.
The main real estates for rentals are First National, Drysdale’s and PRD Nationwide all located in the main street. You will have to view the property before applying for it, depending on what time of year it can get competitive. The applications are most likely to ask for information such as employment, $per week, rental history, references and personal ID’s.
Housing costs can vary—on average, you might pay anywhere from $200 to $350 per week to rent a house. An upfront bond is usually required approx. one months rent in advance. Many OEG staff opt to share houses, with rent working out to about $80 to $120 per person per week. The homeowner will let you know whether and which utilities are included in your rent.
A list of properties available in Moss Vale can be found on the following link:
Temporary accommodation can be found at the Moss Vale caravan park. Van or tent sites are available with weekly rates by request.
43-53 Willow Drive
Moss Vale NSW 2577
WHAT LOCAL SERVICES ARE IN THE AREA?
For the International crew, you will need an Australian bank account so you can get paid. Its pretty simple, most banks are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, and you just need a couple of forms of ID to set it up. The most common banks that OEG staff use are Commonwealth and ANZ because of their branches and ATMs are so common around Australia
There are 2 ATM’s in the main St of Eildon and 3 major banks in Alexandra.
Eildon only has a small range of shops, compared to Alexandra with a wider range. Eildon shopping centre contains a couple of take-away shops, a bakery, Foodworks supermarket, 2 pharmacies, hardware, hairdressers and some other small shops.
Need second hand furniture, clothing and cooking stuff? These opportunity shops are great, designed to sell second hand home wear to raise money for charities. You can find all sorts of goodies in them. Eildon opportunity shop is located in the main street and Alexandra has one located opposite the Town Library. There is also a second hand furniture store in Alexandra open 6 days a week.
Located at the boat harbour in Eildon on the edge of the lake you will find a very relaxing and picturesque dining spot, the Aqua restaurant and bar. There are various Hotel/Motels for dining also in the surrounding area with some offering courtesy bus services.
Emergency number in Australia is 000
A medical centre is located in Eildon near the Darlingford nursing home.
Eildon Medical Centre, 3 High St. Eildon Vic 3713 – Phone: (03) 5774 2966
In Alexandra there are 2 clinics
Alexandra Medical Centre – Phone: (03) 57721444
Myrtle St Clinic – Phone: (03) 5772 1699
The Alexandra District Hospital is located on the corner of Cooper & Myrtle St, Alexandra – Phone: (03) 5772 0900
For the International crew, you will need an Australian bank account so you can get paid. Its pretty simple, most banks are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, and you just need a couple of forms of ID to set it up. The most common banks that OEG staff use are Commonwealth and ANZ because of their branches and ATMs are so common around Australia.
Branches are on Argyle St.
Moss Vale has a great variety of shops in the town centre. Argyle Street is the main street and you will find most of everything here. It contains take away food, cafes, some op-shops, pharmacies and ATM’s as well as the sports store that has limited camping supplies. Clarence St (behind Agryle St) has a supermarket (IGA) a pharmacy and a newsagent. Another supermarket (BILO) is located 300m south of IGA near the corner of Elizabeth and Kirkham Streets.
The Jeremy Moss Hotel is a popular bar in town and offers a courtesy shuttle bus on some nights of the week. Enquire at the bar.
Follow this link for more information on shopping and attractions in Moss Vale: http://www.southernhighlands.com.au/downloads/moss-vale.pdf.
Need second hand furniture, clothing and cooking stuff?
These opportunity shops are great, designed to sell second hand home wear to raise money for charities. You can find all sorts of goodies in them.
The recourse recovery centre, the biggest furniture based store and is open every day. St Vinnie’s is found near the corner of Waite and Argyle St (mostly clothing). Blue op-shop is found next to St Georges ATM, near Arthur St and Argyle St. There is also one more in a small complex next to the caravan park and these guys sell a bit of everything.
Emergency number in Australia is 000
A medical centre is located in Elizabeth St –
Moss Vale Medical Centre
61 Elizabeth Street
Moss Vale NSW 2577
Phone: (02) 4868 1500
WHAT TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS ARE THERE?
The OEG office is a 15 minute walk from the Eildon Main Street.
Cycling/running is great around the area. The Eildon lower pondage is a popular walking/running/riding spot with a round trip of approx. 4 kms. Carpooling is an option, with many other OEG staff owning vehicles. Public transport is a feasible option for farther distances, and if you plan to do a fair bit of travelling, you could consider purchasing your own vehicle.
There is a Melbourne Bus Service that leaves Eildon every morning at around 7am going via Alexandra.
On Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10am there is a bus service that goes into Alexandra from Eildon.
Please see link for all further information regarding timetables:
Alexandra Taxi’s are based in Alexandra but they will pick you up and take you anywhere. For bookings or enquiries call 0408 576 420
The OEG administrative office is located in town, and the operations shed is located a 20-30 minute walk from the town centre.
Cycling is great around the area although the main street can get quite busy at times. Carpooling is an option, with many other OEG staff owning vehicles. Public transport is a feasible option for farther distances, and if you plan to do a fair bit of travelling, you could consider purchasing your own vehicle.
Buses and Trains
These run quite regularly from the town centre. The train station is located just behind the town clock in the main street (Argyle St). Express (XPT) trains are available to Sydney, Canberra and on to Melbourne. It is only around $20 to get the train to Sydney. Comprehensive timetables and fare information can be found by calling 131500 or online at http://131500.com.au/
There are 2 taxi services in Mossy one being the 05 Club 0400 505 113 where they will have set rates within the different areas and the Southern Highlands Taxi service where they have a meter 02 4872 4800
WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
As an Outdoor Educator you may be offered a sponsorship visa for 12 months. These are limited and only offered to suitably qualified persons. Must be aged between 18-30 years.
Most international staff arrive with a working holiday visa allowing you to work with us for a period of 6 months spread out over a 12 month agreement, allowing you to continue your travels and exploring of Australia. You must be under 31 years of age.
Is a temporary resident visa and may be offered to suitably qualified staff in a more senior role as required remuneration rates apply (TSMIT) over a 2-4 year period. You must be nominated by OEG and are only permitted to work with this sponsored employer.
Is a regional sponsored permanent visa for regional low skilled areas in Australia. This maybe offered for a senior role with a commitment to 4 years + with OEG. There is a cost involved by applicant at approx. $3500. May take up to 6 months to be processed.
WHAT CERTIFICATIONS DO I NEED FOR FIELD ROLES?
Leaders Wilderness First Aid or equivalent 50+ hour course is required for most Outdoor Educator positions who will be working across a variety of programs.
For those staff based at a specific non remote centre, Remote First Aid or 16 hour equivalent is recognised.
All field staff require a current CPR, Working with Children Check (state specific) and National Police Check.
WHAT GEAR WILL I NEED AND WHAT GEAR WILL BE PROVIDED?
What is expected of me?
Please remember, you have been contracted as a professional outdoor educator and it is expected that you will arrive for program “work ready” with all gear and equipment required to run an OEG program. We will also provide you with other necessary equipment to use whilst on program. You will need all your personal gear ready for your Induction program. Program specific gear must be ready to go by the commencement of your first program. We may be able to assist you with some program specific equipment upon request.
Typical weather in VIC/NSW:
If you are relocating from overseas/interstate, remember that Victorian/NSW winters can still be cold. Expect it to get down to freezing a night. The average temperature in winter is 0-15 degrees celsius, in summer 10-40 degrees celsius (hot!) and it will often be quite rainy in spring.
You will need a mobile phone while you are working with OEG as this is your primary form of contact with our rostering system. OEG have computers available to all staff.
Required Equipment to bring:
- Hiking Pack (min 65L)
- Lightweight hiking tent
- Day pack
- Sleeping bag/liner
- Thermarest / sleeping pad
- Gore-tex (or similar) Jacket and Pants
- Head torch
- Cutlery, plate, bowl, mug
- Water bottles/camelback
- Compass (southern hemisphere)
- Large Map Case
- Whistle (fox 40 preferred)
- Pocket Knife
- Sunscreen container (refills provided by OEG)
- Personal medication and toiletries
- Personal clothing (enough for 5 days hiking)
- Hiking Boots (solid, closed toe)
Recommended personal Gear:
- Dry Bags
- Down Jacket
OEG provides all Group Gear:
- Cooking equipment, stoves, fuel
- Tarps, rope
- Program specific (bikes, rafts, canoes etc)
First Aid Kit
You will need to supply an OEG approved First Aid Kit (fully stocked) prior to your first program. We will resupply any consumables that you use on program. You can bring your own kit and stock accordingly. You may also purchase kits and contents at competitive rate through OEG upon arrival.
Basic uniform is provided to all staff. Extra gear is issued on a pro-rata basis (salaried staff are entitled to get more uniform than casual staff). Additional items are available for you to purchase. Basic supplied uniform includes:
- Wide Brimmed Hat
- Long Sleeved Shirt
Please note it is expected that you will wear uniform on the first and last day of program. You may wear any other outdoor clothing during program provided that it is neat, appropriate, professional and un-offensive.
WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE TO HR IF SUCCESSFUL?
All employees need to supply a Tax File Number. International staff will need to obtain an Australian Tax File Number (TFN). You can apply online www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-file-number/apply-for-a-tfn/ providing your passport details.
Working With Children Check – Victoria. You must apply for this online http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/ and then you can complete the process to prove your identity in person at most Australia Post outlets.
Working With Children Check – NSW. You must apply for this online https://wwccheck.ccyp.nsw.gov.au/Applicants/Application. You will then need to supply identification at a NSW motor registry or Council Agency to confirm your identity.
Employee Details form, this can be completed upon your arrival at OEG, this contains your personal details, bank details etc.
Superannuation, (for international staff this is a retirement fund and you will be able to claim your entitlements when you leave the country) you will need to have an account set up or you can use our default account.
Medical form needs to be completed at acceptance of your agreement along with a Physical Capacity form listing any pre-existing conditions.