Job Objective: 

Ensure students and field staff have nutritious and delicious food that meet dietary requirements during meals provided at our campus and during field expeditions. 


  • 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. 
  • Experience with cooking for groups of up to 40, menu planning, food ordering, and preparation as needed. 
  • Strong communication and organisational skills, initiative, creativity, and problem solving ability required. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some long days, weekends and holidays is essential. 
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with Word and Excel is preferred. 
  • Institutional field experience and/or familiarity with bulk rationing systems is an advantage, but not essential.

Leadership or Supervisory Duties

Work with field instructors and students to ensure meals and rations meet specific nutritional and dietary needs. May supervise a kitchen assistant to support rations and kitchen duties. 

Funds and/or Property

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



  • Provide healthy, home-cooked meals for students and staff during periods they are on-site.  
  • Inventory, order, and stock all kitchen supplies within budget parameters.
  • Develop and maintain positive relations with all food vendors. 
  • Supervise field staff and students in light kitchen prep and clean-up duties. 
  • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness and organisation in the kitchen. 


  • Plan, purchase, and organise field rations for all courses.
  • Brief and advise faculty on course rations.
  • Supervise students and faculty during issue and de-issue days.
  • Maintain ration paperwork and computer systems needed to efficiently ration courses.
  • Track expenses to stay within budget and inventory to ensure sufficient quantities. 


  • Maintain clean and hygienic food preparation, bagging, and storage areas and equipment. 
  • Coordinate with students and staff to ensure their dietary needs are understood and met. 
  • Adhere to NOLS financial procedures.
  • Perform other logistical and operational tasks as requested by the operations manager such field switches, ration  drives and other duties.  
  • 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. 
  • Participate constructively in staff performance evaluations.

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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