Job Objective: 

To ensure high-quality educational experiences for students and supervise field instructors in curriculum, route planning, and risk management. Evaluate performance and recommend appropriate work levels for field faculty.


  • 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. 
  • A positive attitude, calm demeanour, and high degree of motivation, initiative, and organisational skills are required. 
  • Interest and ability to become, or current active status as, a NOLS field instructor. 
  • Must be able to work flexible and at times irregular hours, including some weekends and public holidays.
  • A background in outdoor education, guiding, or instructing is essential, with particular competence in at least one of the following skill areas: hiking, sea kayaking, whitewater canoeing, mountaineering, keelboat sailing. NZOIA qualifications (or similar) highly regarded. 
  • 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

Directly supervise field instructors in facilitating exceptional student experiences, specifically including course logistics, curriculum, risk management, and administrative duties. Facilitate communication between NOLS administration and faculty.


Funds and/or Property: Responsible for disbursement of funds to pay for NOLS New Zealand course expenses. The position will have access to NOLS New Zealand accounts by debit card (EFTPOS). 



  • Facilitate growth-oriented briefings and debriefings for instructors and students.
  • Ensure faculty understand NOLS Accepted Field Practices.
  • Apply NOLS Field Instructor Skills in evaluating faculty performance.
  • Write timely and appropriately thorough faculty evaluations.
  • Organise and review all course related paperwork.
  • Contribute to an environment that encourages field staff and students to feel relaxed, supported, and focused going into the field. 
  • Work to create exceptional student and staff experiences. 
  • Actively guide and mentor field staff in their professional development at NOLS.
  • Assist in the management of field evacuations and in-town incidents as needed.
  • Assume or assist with other projects supervised by the assistant director or director.
  • May be required to act as a fill-in field instructor. Must be willing to gain and/or maintain active NOLS instructor status.
  • Help maintain NOLS New Zealand’s local social media communications in conjunction with NOLS HQ.  
  • Be an active member of NOLS New Zealand’s emergency and evacuation support team, including sharing the monitoring of our emergency phone.
  • Facilitate challenging situations including student behavioural issues, injuries/illnesses, and staff performance concerns.
  • Must be willing to work in both program and operations roles to ensure a high level of student service. Regularly assist with course transportation, general cleaning, outfitting, and vehicle preparation; occasionally assist with course rationing, meal preparation, and maintenance as necessary to maintain facilities and high calibre student/instructor service. 
  • 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 Karen Bruce, New Zealand Assistant Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (03) 544 6657

Contact Karen Bruce 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 38 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$28.00 per hour.

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