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

Tertiary Support Coordinator

We are seeking a Tertiary Support Coordinator to work with our Tertiary Course Coordinators.

Hillary Outdoors is a leading provider of outdoor education in New Zealand.  Each year we introduce thousands of young people to the outdoors through our Centres at Tongariro and Great Barrier Island and in regions all around New Zealand through our events and off site programmes.

In addition to this, as a registered Private Training Establishment (PTE), we deliver Level 4 and Level 5 outdoor tertiary qualifications, which sit on the national framework. These are full time Tertiary programmes running from mid- February through to mid- November.

This is an exciting time for our Tertiary provision; in 2019 we will be preparing for our new programmes at both levels to be rolled out in 2020, as a result of the review of Tertiary qualifications. (TROQ). The person appointed will be fully involved in this process and the designing of new course materials.

The key role of the person appointed would be to assist with coordination and delivery of the Tertiary programme, but they would also be expected to work on some school programmes throughout the year when they were not required for Tertiary delivery.

We are looking for someone with proven outdoor delivery skills to a level where they are able to teach the instructors of tomorrow. We would expect five years of working in the industry to be a minimum requirement for the role.  Strong interpersonal skills and a passion for the outdoors are essential characteristics for the successful applicant, as is the ability to motivate and inspire people and maintain high expectations for students.

As a senior member of the overall instructional team you would be expected to role model good practice and offer support to the other instructors, in particular those beginning their careers.

The key areas of responsibility would be:

  • Support the Course Coordinators in the delivery of our tertiary programmes.
  • Design programme resources including presentations and theory lessons, which are in line with current industry practice/thinking and will relate to our new programmes in 2020.
  • Deliver teaching and assessment that is in line with adult teaching practices, covers a variety of learning styles and meets the learning outcomes and assessment needs of the module.
  • Preparation and updating of assessment material.
  • Lead the delivery of tertiary modules, where required, and manage the instructors involved, to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved.
  • Ensure all paperwork relating to the educational element of our tertiary programme is of a high standard.
  • Instruct other Hillary Outdoors programmes as rostered.
  • Be on the Duty manager roster if skills and experience are appropriate to this role

Essential skills and qualities include:

  • Previous experience of teaching and administration in the education sector at a school and/or Tertiary level.
  • Excellent Outdoor skills in a number of disciplines (white water kayaking to a high level would be an advantage). NZOIA level 1 awards, or equivalent, in a broad range of activities is essential as is a specialism to NZOIA level 2 in at least one discipline.
  • Excellent IT skills and administration skills
  • Knowledge of NZQA and delivering NCEA qualifications
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to motivate staff
  • Experience and competence in report writing and developing systems
  • A commitment to the value of outdoor education and a love of the outdoors

For the instructional component of this position we also require:

  • A current First Aid certificate and pre-hospital emergency care
  • A full NZ driving License and P endorsement (or intention to obtain P license)
  • Experience of teaching/instructing in a residential outdoor setting

For further information about Hillary Outdoors please visit our website

For a job description, please contact Sally Teesdale,

Please email your Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter to Sally Teesdale at

Applications to be reviewed as received.

Our Tertiary programme starts in early February 2019 and we anticipate this position will be filled in advance of the start date.


Finance Manager

Hillary Outdoors Education Centres is one of New Zealand’s leading outdoor education providers.  Each year Hillary Outdoors introduces thousands of young people to the New Zealand outdoors through our Centres at Tongariro and Great Barrier Island and in regions all around New Zealand through our events and off site programmes.

We are seeking a highly organised person to manage our Finance Department who will report to the Chief Executive.  The position is full time and based at the Hillary Outdoors support office in Devonport.

Responsibilities include:

  • Management accounting
  • Full payroll function
  • Financial accounting to trial balance stage
  • Cashflow management and budgeting
  • Financial management of sales
  • Other financial associated tasks, as required

Key attributes:

  • High level of MYOB experience essential
  • Excellent team work, organisational and communication skills
  • Computer literate including word processing, and spreadsheet skills
  • Ability to attend to detail and multi-task

For a detailed job description please contact Sally Teesdale, Office Manager by email

All applicants are required to submit a CV and a covering letter to Sally by email

There is no closing date.  All applications will be reviewed as received.


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