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.

ZEALANDIA is a Living Wage Employer.

Job Vacancies


Sous Chef 

ZEALANDIA is an ecosanctuary and conservation project dedicated to connecting people with nature. We have a 500-year vision to restore 225ha of forest and fresh-water ecosystems within our sanctuary fence, and a 20-year strategy that focuses on our impact and influence beyond the fence. ZEALANDIA is also a place where people’s understanding of New Zealand biodiversity and environmental issues is enhanced through their involvement, enjoyment, learning and experience of the sanctuary.

Rātā Café is an award winning café offering cuisine with a conscience and native twist. Our ethos is working with what nature provides to make delicious food and drink that is not only sustainable, but gives back to the earth. Bees from our beehives are now producing organic honey. All proceeds go towards the conservation efforts of Zealandia.

The Sous Chef will assist the Head Chef in managing a hardworking kitchen team of 3-5 people responsible for the creation of inspiring dishes for Rātā Café and continuing our ongoing sustainable and ethical food practices. This will include assisting the Head Chef in the overall management of the kitchen at Rātā Café including delivering an efficient food service, assisting with food costs, compliance, training and performance of all kitchen staff and in ensuring that all food items are created to the agreed standards. The Sous Chef will also be responsible for managing the kitchen when the Senior Chef is not working.

Position Description

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to


Applications close Tuesday 1st September 2020










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