Hillary Outdoors has a wide variety of roles based in our two Outdoor Education Centres in Tongariro and on Great Barrier Island.



Job Vacancies
Volunteer at Tongariro
What better place to experience the true New Zealand culture than living and working at the country’s largest outdoor education centre situated at the base of Mt Ruapehu – adjacent to the Tongariro National Park.

Or on Great Barrier Island, in the Hauraki Gulf. Exposed to rugged elements, Great Barrier Island shields the inner islands and offers a variety of environments that challenge and inspire.

Hillary Outdoors would struggle to function without the commitment and huge amounts of work that our volunteers put in. Hillary Outdoors volunteers work for 35 hours a week in the maintenance and gear hire departments and this gives them free food and board plus the chance to ski, climb, sail, surf, paddle, hike etc. in their free time at the weekends (depending on which centre you are at!)  If you volunteer for 7 weeks then you will be able to observe a Hillary Outdoors five day school programme on the 8th week.  Volunteers come to us from  all around the world and they are an important part of the centre’s “culture”.

Part of the deal is that you can volunteer for as long you want; from a minimum of 3 weeks to 6 months. Volunteering at Hillary Outdoors is a great way to meet people, make friends and explore the Central North Island.

To be a volunteer at Hillary Outdoors, please note the following:

  • You must be over 18
  • We are able to offer volunteer positions throughout the year. However, due to the length of time it takes to induct staff at Hillary Outdoors we need a volunteer to be able to offer us a minimum of 3 weeks work.
  • Volunteers from overseas must have a valid work visa for New Zealand
  • You must have medical and travel insurance

If you wish to volunteer at Tongariro please complete this Volunteer Application Form and our volunteer coordinator will be in contact.

Volunteer at GBI
PLEASE NOTE: all volunteer placements at GBI are now FULL until July 2019.
Internships at Tongariro
Exciting opportunity for up and coming outdoor instructors!If you have either a Tertiary qualification in outdoor studies or have plenty of personal experience, but need some work experience to get on the career ladder why not volunteer as an intern at the most iconic Outdoor Education Centre in New Zealand!

  • Gain work experience alongside our full time staff on a variety of courses
  • Train alongside our full time staff during our training weeks
  • Have an opportunity to join in on some of our skills courses
  • Have access to equipment to play in our amazing local environment
  • Live and gain work experience alongside a crew dedicated to working and playing in the outdoors
  • Work towards national qualifications, both NZOIA and Skills Active

There are two intakes per year; these are Jan-June and July-Dec. There are 4 places available per intake.

  • This is a voluntary position
  • Food and accommodation in a shared house in our staff village is provided
  • Based at our Tongariro Centre
  • Closing dates: 10 June for July intake;  10 November for January intake

To be an intern at Hillary Outdoors, please note the following:

  • You must be over 21

For further information and an Intern Application Form please contact us