Murray’s first career was in commercial finance. To pursue his love of the outdoors he completing a Diploma of Recreation and has since spent most of the past 15 years working with young people as a group leader, youth worker and educator. As an outdoor educator Murray led week-long bushwalking, rafting and canoeing expeditions with school groups, teaching outdoors skills along with environmental awareness, leadership and personal development. He has worked for the Outdoor Education Group, Evolve and Geelong Grammar – Timbertop.
Fascinated by the therapeutic aspects of outdoor adventure led Murray to work with at-risk youth. The work was intense: a remote cattle property in central Queensland was the base for Youth Enterprise Trust’s 14-day residential program. Typo Station’s 20-day residential program including a 9-day hike in remote areas of Victoria, of which Murray is a veteran of many expeditions. Spending days on end with groups of adolescents confronting issues was rewarding but challenging. Murray also worked for the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, twice being a team leader for 6-month long workplace skills training programs for young adults.