Hillary Outdoors has a wide variety of roles based in our three locations (support office in Auckland and two education centres –  Tongariro and Great Barrier Island). Please take a look at adjacent table for information about positions available within the organisation.
Job Vacancies
Please Note:  All successful applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment police check and will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

Hillary Outdoors are seeking both

Senior Outdoor Instructors 


Multi-activity Outdoor Instructors 

Based at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro, we are looking for energetic, exciting and motivated instructors.  It is essential that you enjoy working with young people.  Programmes include basic rock, high ropes, kayaks and canoes on flat and moving water, alpine, bush, cave, ABL and facilitation.  Hillary Outdoors is committed to role modeling and educating our clients into sustainable living and nurturing a respect for our environment.

For more details and a detailed job description please contact Sally Teesdale, Office Manager, by email at

If you would like an informal chat about the role please contact Jono Maxwell, Centre Manager on 07386 5511 (office hours).

The closing date for applications is 12 April 2018.

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

Interviews will take place over two days (a day of formal interviews and a day working with a group of students).

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. We are definitely going places here at Tongariro and we would like you to join our team.

Volunteer at Tongariro
PLEASE NOTE: all volunteer placements at Tongariro are now FULL until 2018.

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 contact the Programme Manager for further details or to apply.

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

2018 intake starts:  22 January, ends: 29 June 2018

Second intake starts:  9 July, ends:  21 December 2018

  • 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