Job Objective: 

Provide staff and students with a safe, clean, and comfortable working and living environment by inspecting, maintaining and cleaning NOLS New Zealand facilities, grounds, and equipment. 


  • 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. 
  • Able to work independently and with a variety of people on a team, and communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 kilograms repeatedly; perform physical work under a variety of conditions indoors and outdoors during different seasons; climb and work from a ladder; and operate a variety of electric workshop and landscaping equipment. 
  • Must be self-motivated and able to diligently work independently without direct supervision. 
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of use and maintenance of lawn care equipment is helpful.

Leadership or Supervisory Duties

Ability to work independently and as part of a team is required. The ability to work within a small community is necessary.

Funds and/or Property

Will have access to a NOLS EFTPOS card.


  • Oversee cleaning of facilities (shower house, bathrooms, office spaces, grounds, communal areas).
  • Maintain lawn and grounds; safely operate lawn care equipment including lawn mowers, weed trimmer, chain saw, and hand tools. 
  • Sort and collect garbage and recycling on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain and repair facilities, including minor painting and carpentry projects.
  • Assist with course logistics, including laundry and driving students and staff to and from the field.
  • Assist with tasks in other departments as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by operations manager and assistant director during off-season.
  • Actively contribute to a positive and healthy community living environment while striving to maintain balance between work and life.
  • 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 15 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$23.65 per hour. 

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