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


Assistant Chef

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.

This role is to assist the Head Chef and Sous Chef in the effective running of the food operation by preparing all food items to the highest standard and meeting Food Control Plan and budget guidelines. We are looking for a general all-rounder who can positively contribute to the kitchen.

Rātā Café’s normal operating hours are 7 days a week from 8:00am to 5.30pm. Work outside of these may be required to support functions activities.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring food products are prepared to Rātā Cafe standards as set by the Sous Chef and Head Chef.
  • Maintain food safety in the kitchen – i.e. daily temperature checks and cleaning schedule.
  • Testing cooked food and assessing quality and presentation.
  • Maintaining kitchen stock levels and being cost conscious by minimising wastage.
  • Sole charge of kitchen and kitchen hands at times.
    Cabinet food preparation.
  • Assisting with food preparation for event catering.

Ideally you will have:

  • At least a year’s experience in a similar role.
  • Baking experience.
  • Catering experience.
  • Vegetarian and vegan food knowledge (preferred).


 Position Description

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

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