Mountain or Glacier Guides plan, organise and provide guided trips for individuals or groups on mountains or glaciers.

Specialisations: Climbing Guide, Ski Guide.

Mountaineering experience is needed to work as a Mountain or Glacier Guide. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. A course in outdoor recreation might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Meets members of a tour on arrival and makes introductions.
  • Organises and supervises groups involved in outdoor mountaineering and trekking adventures.
  • Sets up and maintains equipment, and ensures that equipment is safe and in working condition.
  • Demonstrates and provides instruction in the use of equipment and techniques required for participation.
  • Provides advice on safety measures, and ensures that activities are conducted in a manner to minimise risk to participants.
  • Responds to emergencies by providing first aid assistance and takes appropriate further action if required.
  • Answers questions and advises on local interest points within a specific region.
  • May maintain written reports of daily activities and carry out other administrative work.

All Outdoor Adventure Guides

  • $1,265 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Mountain and Glacier Guides

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  • Lower skill Skill level rating
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The number of people working as Mountain and Glacier Guides (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from less than 50 in 2011 to less than 50 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Mountain and Glacier Guides work in New South WalesVictoria.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Arts and Recreation Services; Administrative and Support Services; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (41%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 51 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 46% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Mountaineering experience is needed to work as a Mountain or Glacier Guide. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. A course in outdoor recreation might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • first aid certificate

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Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Outdoor Adventure Guides who interact well with others, provide good customer service and are physically fit.

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  1. Sales and Marketing

    75% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    71% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Clerical

    66% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  4. Administration and Management

    64% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Geography

    58% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

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  1. Deal With External Customers

    96% Important

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  2. Frequency of Decision Making

    93% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

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  4. Telephone

    91% Important

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  5. Contact With Others

    90% Important

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