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 Instructor – Tongariro Centre

We are looking to recruit a senior instructor to work with our vibrant team.

Hillary Outdoors is arguably New Zealand’s foremost and most iconic outdoor education provider. Each year we introduce thousands of young people to the outdoors through our Centers at Tongariro and Great Barrier Island and in regions all around New Zealand through our events and off-site programs. Our Centre is located next to the Tongariro National Park World Heritage Site.

Our core business is secondary school groups where instructors have the autonomy to plan their own weeks based on the objectives of their clients and their own specialities so there is ample room to make sure the job is not repetitive. We also run adult general activity and specialist technical skill courses, corporate groups and of course, our well regarded 2-year tertiary program in Outdoor Leadership.

It is essential that you enjoy working with young people as this is our bread and butter work. These programs include basic rock, high ropes, kayaks and canoes on flat and moving water, alpine, bash, cave, ABL and facilitation.  However, as a senior instructor, you will be working across our range of programs including tertiary, corporate and adult technical skills.  The range is inspiring.

The successful candidates will possess an enthusiastic commitment to the industry and an eagerness to pass on quality learning experiences to participants. They will have good interpersonal, facilitation and technical skills.  We are wanting someone who is an energetic, exciting, motivated and inspirational mentor for our less experienced staff.

We run a comprehensive induction program for new staff regardless of their past experience which allows them to get familiar with our local environment and organisational systems.  We take our staff professional development very seriously.

Hillary Outdoors is committed to role modelling and educating our clients into sustainable living and nurturing a respect for our environment. It is essential that you share these values and any experience in teaching environmental education or sustainability would be an advantage.

The work is physically demanding with hours including an overnight camp and an evening presentation each week.

Hillary Outdoors has a great working and living environment, whether you are single or have a family. We have on-site accommodation available for rent at well below market value rates.  Staff have an excellent network for adventuring together, varying from family friendly trips to ‘on the edge’ adventures. If you have kids, the local school in National Park (up to year 8) runs a fantastic ski program over winter where they can ski up to three days a week!   With decent rivers, lakes, mountains, rock crags, bush and ski fields on our doorstep, it is an ideal place for any outdoors person to live and work.

Essential skills and qualities include:


  • At least three years’ experience in the outdoor industry
  • We are a client centric organisation,being able to demonstrate the quality of delivery from clients feedback as part of your application.
  • An ability to deliver high-quality courses using a wide range of activities and venues independently.
  • An empathy with young people and recognition of the benefits of Outdoor Education in their development.
  • A passion for environmental sustainability.
  • Will ideally hold NZOIA awards or overseas equivalents,  and have a broad range of experience across all the activities Hillary Outdoors has to offer.
  • An ability to work as part of a close-knit team
  • A commitment to further training and personal development.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of risk management in outdoor recreation and education
  • Driving license with P endorsement.
  • PHEC or equivalent First aid certificate.


Please submit the application using this link

The closing date for applications is March 20th 2021

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

If you would like an informal chat about the role please ring Centre Manager Jono Maxwell on 0220723324

All applicants are required to submit a CV and a covering letter Please visit our website – , for more details about Hillary Outdoors.