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.

Food and Beverage Manager

Rātā Café is the award-winning café at Zealandia Ecosanctuary, serving up cuisine with a conscience. Surrounded in lush bush, native birdsong and gorgeous views over the sanctuary, the café is the hub of our delicious food and excellent functions. Proceeds fund important conservation work - it’s certainly not your average hospitality gig!

The Food and Beverage Manager leads a hard-working team to deliver food and service activities of the café, including kitchen, front of house and functions.

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

You will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with the Head Chef to create inspiring menus and setting a high standard for food prepared in the kitchen
  • Inspiring staff to deliver the friendly and efficient customer service
  • Ensuring the café complies with industry compliance standards
  • Managing functions to deliver a high-quality experience for guests  
  • Using creativity to ensure the café remains profitable
  • Recruitment, leadership, training and performance management of cafe staff
  • Developing revenue and expenditure budget with the Manager Commercial Development

Ideally you will have:

  • National Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5), or equivalent work experience
  • Current LCQ & Duty Manager’s License
  • Attended NZQA Food Safety Hygiene or Food Safety Programme course
  • Computer skills
  • Budgeting and costing skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Positive attitude, outgoing and friendly personality

Benefits:

  • Membership to Zealandia for you and family
  • Free parking/on bus route
  • Competitive salary
  • Close knit team
  • Contribution to protecting native biodiversity
  • Stunning location

This is a permanent, full-time position.

Position Desciption 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com. Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.

                                                                                                                                 

Head Chef

Take a leading approach in creating food inspired by New Zealand’s nature.

Zealandia’s 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. Our Kids Menu is very popular and has received an endorsements from the Heart Foundation and winning a Munch Food Award for the best kid’s menu in New Zealand.   

The Head Chef will lead a hardworking kitchen team responsible for creating inspiring dishes for Rātā Café. The Head Chef works with the Manager Rātā Café to propose menus and food products that enhance the brand of Zealandia and Rātā Café, increase profits and improves customer satisfaction.

Zealandia’s Rātā Café operates from 8am to 5pm 7 days per week. The applicant should be available to work through the week. Some work afterhours and on public holidays may be required to support long weekends and the occasional afterhours function.

 

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading the kitchen to create menu and food items in accordance with brand guidelines and standards as agreed with the Manager Rātā Cafe. Implementing process to ensure that the kitchen can deliver to those standards at all times (e.g. menu, counter food, functions).
  • Managing the kitchen operations and develops kitchen plans to ensure that the kitchen continuously achieves standards as agreed with the manager on food presentation, hygiene, and timeliness.
  • Maximising the food margins in Rātā Café by ensuring that the costs to make all food products are known and kept up to date, keeping in mind the advantage of seasonal produce.
  • Managing kitchen staff including staff training, performance management, the kitchen roster and leave requests.
  • Maintaining the kitchen cleaning plan and ensures that the kitchen is cleaned in accordance with the Food Control Plan.  Ensures that the kitchen is spotless at the end of each shift.
  • Managing stock to the agreed targets and undertakes monthly stock take for the café kitchen.

Ideally you will have:

  • 2+ years experience in a similar role.
  • Experience managing kitchen staff.
  • Completed NZQA food hygiene unit standards and in cooking and/or hospitality.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work competently under pressure.
  • Committed to team, establishment and excellence in food service.
  • Vegetarian and vegan food knowledge (preferred).

Benefits you get from work with us:

  • Membership to Zealandia.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Sociable working hours.

Position Desciption 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com. Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.

Applications close Tuesday 4 January 2022

                                                                                                                               

Café Supervisor

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. Our Kids Menu is very popular with our younger patrons and has received endorsements from the Heart Foundation and winning a Munch Food Award for the best kid’s menu in New Zealand.

The Café Supervisor works with the Rata Café Manager in leading a hardworking team responsible for delivery of all front of house activities for Rātā Café and for the running and delivery of all functions (e.g. corporate meeting and events, weddings and group dining). 

You will be responsible for:

  • Supervising the café’s operations as the Duty Manager and for ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the café and functions events to agreed standards.
  • Managing the delivery of functions to ensures that functions clients achieve the standard of services agreed within their functions agreement or as otherwise agreed.
  • Being a champion for excellent food service within the café ensuring that food is delivered to a high standard by the kitchen and that the café team provides excellent customer service.
  • Inputting into the development of the Food Control Plan and other food related mandatory and voluntary compliance, ensuring that all front of house staff are following required procedures.
  • Performing all duties as required; including sorting rubbish, moving furniture, waiting and clearing tables, functions set-up and pack-down, general cleaning duties including toilet maintenance.
  • Identifying staff training needs and opportunities and works to ensure that all staff are trained to required standards (e.g. identified the need for and arranges barista training).
  • Managing café emails, bookings and functions requests received by Rata Café and meets with prospective clients to showcase Rata Café as a functions and event destination (e.g. corporate bookings, weddings, meetings and group dining).

Ideally you will have:

  • A current Duty Managers Certificate (including LCQ).
  • A Barista qualification.
  • A current First Aid certificate.
  • NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service – Level 3 and or minimum of 2 years’ experience in a café or restaurant ideally in a supervisor role.
  • The ability to lead a team successfully.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability with work under pressure and great problem-solving skills.

This is a fixed-term position for three months and we are looking for someone to start immediately.

As Rata Café interacts with many visitors to Zealandia, the Cafe Supervisor must inspire a team to deliver excellence in customer service.  It is also advantageous that an applicant has an interest in New Zealand conservation. 

Please go to https://www.visitzealandia.com/careers for a copy of the position description. 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com. Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.

Applications close Tuesday 4th January.

Position Desciption 

                                                                                                                               

Chef de Partie

(permanent part-time with occasional work during the week, immediate start)

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 CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com. Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted.  

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.

                                                                                                                               

Kitchen Assistant

Zealandia is an award-winning and conservation project dedicated to connecting people with nature. We have a 500-year vision to restore 225ha of forest and freshwater 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. Our Kids Menu is very popular with our younger patrons and has received an endorsement from the Heart Foundation and winning a Munch Food Award for the best kid’s menu in New Zealand.   

The Kitchen Assistant assists the chefs and front of house in the effective running of the café.  The Kitchen Assistant keeps all areas of the kitchen clean, dishes washed and preparing food items as required to the highest standard.  The Kitchen Assistant will need to work rapidly and efficiently in a fast paced cafe.

There is opportunity to progress within the café through this role.

It is advantageous that an applicant has an interest in New Zealand conservation. The application must also be available to be rostered weekdays, weekends, evenings and public holidays.

We are looking for applicants to start immediately.

Position Description 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com. Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted. 

                                                                                                                                

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