Job Objective: 

Provide excellent service to students and staff through oversight and supervision of all aspects of the equipment room, including issuing and de-issuing of gear, purchasing, organisation, maintenance, rentals, and sales.


  • Applicants need to hold the legal right to work in New Zealand to be considered for this position. 
  • Familiarity with and ability to support the NOLS mission and operations, and a commitment to serve our students. 
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, technical equipment used for backpacking, mountaineering, keelboat sailing, sea kayaking, and whitewater canoeing. 
  • History of providing excellent customer service is desirable
  • Must have strong organisational and communication skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Must be able to work flexible and at times irregular hours, including some weekends and public holidays.
  • Familiarity with Excel and the Google Suite is desirable
  • Must be able to successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Report check
  • Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 20kg), frequently walk, and stand for extended periods of time
  • Class 1 driver’s licence with excellent driving record required. Must undertake and meet NOLS driver training requirements. Passenger endorsement and/or New Zealand Class 2 licence viewed favourably.

Leadership or Supervisory Duties

Work with field instructors and students to ensure equipment is well maintained, organised, and clean. 


Funds and/or Property

Responsible for managing and accounting for the equipment budget of approximately $60,000 expenses and $80,000 revenue annually. Responsible for accurately tracking expenses and receipts, including a NOLS-issued EFTPOS card. 


  • Order and maintain an inventory of outdoor equipment. Implement and refine a long-term purchasing strategy that includes equipment rotation and an annual equipment sale.  
  • Invoice student gear purchases and rentals throughout their course. 
  • Adhere to NOLS policies related to equipment 
  • Ensure quality of equipment through repairs, cleaning, warranties and replacements.
  • Manage laundry associated with courses. 
  • Adhere to NOLS financial procedures.
  • Perform transportation tasks to support operational logistics such as field switches, ration  drives and other duties as assigned. 
  • Participate constructively in staff performance evaluations.
  • Actively contribute to a positive and healthy community living environment while striving to maintain balance between work and life. Must role model excellent in-town expedition behaviour. 
  • Help NOLS foster a strong local presence in New Zealand.

Equal Employment Opportunity

NOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or status as a protected veteran. The school’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

Criminal Background Check: A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.


Motor Vehicle Record: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid driver’s licence. Must have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.


Work Location: 

NOLS New Zealand 

4 Serpentine River Road, Aniseed Valley, Richmond

How to Apply:

Send Cover Letter and Resume to Christian Martin, New Zealand Program Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (03) 544 6657

Contact Christian Martin with questions.

Closing Date For Applications: 10 June 2022

Starting Date: Early-August 2022

Working Conditions: 

This position is a nine-month fixed term position starting early-August 2022 and finishing late-April 2023. Over the duration of the contract weekly hours will vary but will average between 25-30 hours per week, exclusive of 3 weeks off over the Christmas/New Year period. Basic housing with communal facilities may be available on-site at subsidised rates. 

Hourly rate for this position will depend on experience and starts from NZ$25.15 per hour. 

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