Hillary Outdoors (formerly Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of New Zealand) is New Zealand’s foremost and arguably most iconic outdoor education provider. 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.


We are looking to recruit more permanent instructors to our vibrant team.


Hillary Outdoors Tongariro has a great working and living environment, whether you are single or have a family. We have on-site accommodation available for rent (with fiber optic cable internet) 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 programme each winter where they can get to ski up to three days a week during the winter months!  With decent rivers, mountains, rock crags, bush and a ski field on our doorstep it is an ideal place for any outdoors person to live and work.


The work here has huge variety. While our core business is school groups, instructors have the autonomy to plan their own weeks based on the objectives of their clients and so there is ample room to make sure the job is not repetitive. We also run adult and skills courses, corporate groups and of course, our long standing Tertiary Programme. It is essential that you enjoy working with young people as this will be where new instructors will commence their career with the organisation and this is our bread and butter work. However, our more experienced staff will be required to work across our range of programmes. As you develop as an instructor, or if you already have the necessary skills and experience, you can expect to work a wide variety of courses.


We run a seven-week induction programme for new staff regardless of their past experience which allows them to get familiar with our local environment and organizational systems. This is appreciated by new employees as it takes a while to familiarize with the huge variety of options available.  We also have a dedicated Training manager and take our staff’s professional development very seriously; staff coming from other organisations are often amazed by the training opportunities we provide here as summed up by two instructors who have worked in a variety of places in the UK for 20 years.

“The training is amazing! Neither of us have ever had anything like the amount of training that instructors get here ever! “


The successful candidates will possess an enthusiastic commitment to the industry and an eagerness to pass on quality learning experiences to participants. You will be expected to run programmes independently after the induction period has been completed. Hillary Outdoors has a commitment to ongoing staff development and there will be opportunities for further on the job training and working towards NZOIA awards. However, we do need the successful candidates to have the skills and experience to run school programmes without any further skills training.


Previous experience and qualifications will be reflected in the starting salary which is very competitive with other organizations and there is opportunity to move up our pay scale through our internal competency system.


Strong interpersonal skills and a passion for the outdoors are essential characteristics for the role, as is the ability to motivate and inspire people and maintain high expectations for students. The candidate must have an excellent work ethic, be supportive of directives from management and role model good practice.


Previous experience working with school groups is essential as are NZOIA awards at least at a leader level, with level 1 awards or above being preferable.


Instructors at Hillary Outdoors also have a responsibility during support weeks to assist with resource development and maintenance tasks, so any wider work experience will be considered favorably during the application process.


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.


Please be aware that the work is physically demanding with long hours including an overnight camp and an evening presentation each week, so if you don’t like hard work then please don’t apply.



Essential skills and qualities include:


·         Ability to deliver high quality courses using a wide range activities and venues independently.

·         Empathy with young people and recognition of the benefits of Outdoor Education in their development.

·         Passion for environmental sustainability.

·         Will ideally hold some NZOIA level one awards and have a broad range of experience across all the activities Hillary Outdoors has to offer but lesser qualifications considered.

·         Ability to work as part of a close knit team

·         Commitment to further training and personal development.

·         Comprehensive knowledge of risk management in outdoor recreation and education

·         Driving license with P endorsement. (or commitment to gain a P endorsement before employment starts)

·         Outdoor First Aid, PHEC or equivalent First aid certificate.


For a detailed job description please contact Sally Teesdale, Office Manager, by email at, sallyt@hillaryoutdoors.co.nz or by phone 09 973 4740.

If you would like an informal chat about the role please ring Jono Maxwell, Centre Manager on 07386 5511


All applicants are required to submit a CV and a covering letter to Sally, by email sallyt@hillaryoutdoors.co.nz , or by mail to P O Box 32-482, Devonport, Auckland 0744.


The closing date for applications is 27 August 2018. Please visit our website – www.hillaryoutdoors.co.nz, for more details about Hillary Outdoors.


Interviews will take place early September 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 consider joining our team.