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


Job Vacancies

Chef / Kitchen Host 2IC – Tongariro Centre

Looking for a change? Do you enjoy skiing, kayaking, tramping, rafting, hunting, fishing, and climbing?

I’m looking for a new 2IC for an Outdoor Education Centre. Someone who can take control of the main kitchen, isn’t afraid to cook quality food for up to 120 people a week, and can maintain excellent relations with both the staff and clients.

We have a wonderful workplace culture with positive people and supportive staff.

If this sounds interesting, contact Z Snook, Catering Manager, with CV and letter of introduction.
Interviews will be held at Tongariro, so a vehicle will be handy to have! A remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.



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 – adjacent to the Tongariro National Park.

To be a volunteer at Hillary Outdoors

  • You must be over 18
  • Volunteer placements are for a minimum of 3 weeks to a maximum of 6 months
  • If you are from overseas you must have a valid work visa for New Zealand, medical and travel insurance
  • All New Zealand Residents/Citizens must be Police checked prior to volunteering

The Volunteers deal is as follows

  • Work 4.5 days per week (35 Hours) in exchange for food and accommodation onsite
  • Access centre facilities and equipment subject to availability and proven competency
  • If required, help during school holidays with sleepover duties and in return have the opportunity to participate in instructor led activities with the students during the day (must be 21 or over)
  • Volunteer for 7 weeks and spend an 8th week observing a standard 5 day multi activity programme led by an instructor

For more information download the following booklet:

General Volunteer Information Booklet

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form to apply.

Volunteer at GBI
PLEASE NOTE: all volunteer placements at GBI are now FULL until July 2020.
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