Careers at ZEALANDIA

Come and work for ZEALANDIA – we are an award-winning facility dedicated to telling New Zealand’s unique conservation story.

We have a small team of staff working in the areas of conservation, operations, education, customer service, office administration, marketing, and volunteer management.

If you are looking for an opportunity to make a real difference to New Zealand’s natural environment and work at one of the country’s most exciting eco-tourism attractions, joining the ZEALANDIA team as a staff member or volunteer could be the right move for you.

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Member appointed Guardian

The role of the Guardians

The role of the Guardians is significant in providing a long term strategic perspective to the Trust’s activities. The Guardians are made up of four member appointed Guardians, and three others appointed by Wellington City Council, iwi, and Victoria University of Wellington, and a Patron or Vice Patron of the Trust. The Guardians role is not to manage the organisation. Rather it is to assist with wise counsel and to act only if circumstances dictate; ideally the Guardians act like an early warning system or as a sounding board to ensure initiatives being considered are in the best interest of the sanctuary.  If things are tracking well, the Guardians will of necessity be in the background and unobtrusive.

The Guardians meet quarterly and are briefed by the Trust Board Chair and the Chief Executive of the Trust, and provide feedback, and advice including on the Trust’s Statement of Intent and the strategic functioning of the Trust. In doing this, they safeguard the Trust’s vision, values and long term strategic direction and represent stakeholder interests.

The Guardians have appointment roles in terms of the Patron, Vice Patrons, and Honorary Members and contribute to the process for selecting members of the Trust Board. Any changes to the Trust Deed must be approved by the Guardians. The Guardians are not involved in decisions relating to the day to day management of the Trust.

Person specification

Guardians need to have an active interest in the long term future of the Trust, and be available for the regular quarterly meetings of the Guardians. A good understanding of governance principles and an ability to work in a collegial and constructive way are highly desirable. Guardians are not required to bring a specific technical or professional skill, however knowledge and experience in areas relevant to the Trust’s mission are welcomed. These areas include education, conservation science and research, conservation and biodiversity management, and visitor experience. Member appointed Guardians desirably bring an active interest in community support and participation. They may also bring connections relevant to the Trust’s growing partnerships with New Zealand and global conservation organisations.

Duration of appointment as a member appointed Guardian

In general, at least one of the member appointed Guardians will retire at each Annual Meeting. In general, the longest serving Guardian will step down, noting that member appointed Guardians are elected for a maximum of three years, and may stand again for election provided that their total service will not exceed nine years. Candidates for the member appointed Guardian roles should generally be prepared to make a three year commitment to the role.

Time commitment

The major time commitment is to the quarterly meetings and preparation for these. The meetings generally last for two hours. Occasional additional meetings are called. The Guardians are expected to make attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Trust a priority.


Guardians are not remunerated for their role. Subject to approval, expenses relating to meeting attendance may be covered.

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Cafe and Functions Supervisor

Rata Café at ZEALANDIA is looking for an energetic Supervisor who wants to be a part of a fast paced FOH Team. And to continue to evolve both food service and culture. The Café and Functions Supervisor will work side by side with the Senior Supervisor & Catering Manager to develop both Café operations and the growing function business at ZEALANDIA.

This will include supervising weddings and corporate functions as well as a busy café.

The applicant will preferable have a duty managers certificate or LCQ, but training can be given to the right applicant

We Cater to a wide range of clients and events including: corporate lunches and functions, private parties, weddings and Rata café. The applicant will have strong inter personal qualities, an attention to detail, be confident and calm, be a team player and thrive in a busy Cafe environment. Also able to utilise the many resources ZEALANDIA has on offer. The applicant will be a part of a small and hardworking FOH team, who will be able to assist in the successful growth of the business as it flourishes in the next stage of development.  The position is waged and you will be expected to work evenings and split shifts on a 7 day roster.This is an opportunity to really dive into, and take your career to the next level.

Applicants must have:

  • Minimum of 2 years' experience working in a cafe role
  • Duty Managers certificate preferable or LCQ Formal training and qualifications or proven experience
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills
  • Barista experience Preferable (Training can be given)
  • Please email your application form, CV and a short cover letter to Laura Wattie or Mike Dennis 

Closing date 3rd October


Summer Tour Assistant and Guide Opportunities

ZEALANDIA is an award-winning facility dedicated to telling a unique New Zealand conservation story. We have a 500 year vision to restore 225 hectares, as much as possible, to pre-human times. Our beautiful 225ha valley provides routes for everyone from wheelchair-users to all-day hikes.

Every summer we host approximately 4,000 cruise ship visitors on tours of up to 2 hours through the ZEALANDIA sanctuary, providing engaging and informative commentary about the history of Wellington, Zealandia’s conservation and restoration mission, as well as flora and fauna seen in the sanctuary. View the 2017/18 Cruise Ship schedule here.

This summer we are looking to recruit up to 14 guides and one tours assistant to support the delivery of guided tours at ZEALANDIA. 

If you would like to apply for one of these positions please send a covering letter or CV to

Closing date for applications is Friday 22 September 2017.


Cruise Ship Guide (14 vacancies)

For the summer 2017/18 cruise ship season, we are looking to recruit up to 14 guides to support the delivery of tours for cruise ship visitors.  Guides will also have the opportunity to become part of a casual pool of paid guides to support other guiding activity on a casual basis.

While the cruise ship season begins in October 2017, most of the guiding opportunities will arise between December 2017 and March 2018.  Applicants must be able to commit to working for 20-30 guiding shifts between these months, including being available to guide over the busy 26 December 2017 to mid-January 2018 period and most cruise ship days requiring from 8 to 12 guides.

We would like to hear from anyone that has an interest in speaking with people, a background in New Zealand conversation or prior volunteer and guiding experience at ZEALANDIA.

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Tours Assistant (part time from October 2017 to March 2018)

The Tours Assistant will work alongside the Tourism Product Advisor and Tourism Coordinator to coordinate the delivery of ZEALANDIA tours products. The position specifically covers assisting in the day to day management of the guiding roster for all Custom Day and Night tours and managing the tour and guiding requirements for each cruise ship day.  It is desirable that the candidate is also able to work as a standby Tour Guide during the day.

ZEALANDIA’s tours operate 7 days per week, 364 days per year with day tours operating from 8.30 am to 5 pm. 

The number of hours worked per week will vary depending on the number of cruise ship tours operating during the week, but is expected to average 20 hours per week over the course of the 6 month with up to 40 hours per week from 26 December 2017 until 31 January 2018.  Applicants must be available to work all cruise ship days which will require working some weekends and public holidays. 

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