Craigieburn ski patrol throwing a bomb for avalanche protection.

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Our team come from all over the globe to work at Craigieburn. We have an experienced team...  
Being travellers ourselves, we appreciate the difficulties of visiting a new destination, and we’re here to help make your ski trip to Craigieburn as easy and exciting as possible!
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Kurt Carter
General Manager
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Hans Hjelde
Snow Safety
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Hamish McKay
Ski Patrol
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Thomas Hillstead
Base Area Manager
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Keria Makinson
Ski Patrol
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Brad Smede
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Hugo Cooper
Bar Supervisor
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Zack Goodchild
Ticket Officer Supervisor
What our staff do at Craigieburn Ski Valley, New Zealand.

Employment at CV

We are a ski area that also provides on mountain accommodation for guests. We pay competitively and provide accommodation, meals and ski pass for a 5 - 6 day working week. The season is from approximately early July till late September / early October subject to snow and demand. Candidates need to be able to work well in a team and have a professional, positive and enthusiastic attitude.

As the team is small you need to be flexible to cover for other staff on their day off & help out when things get really busy. You should be a competent skier or boarder as Craigieburn is a challenging off-piste ski area. Accommodation is on the mountain (avoid the expensive and tedious commuting each day) in the main base area set in picturesque New Zealand native forest, in basic staff quarters with small private rooms and a staff living building nearby. There is internet access and laundry facilities.
While working at Craigieburn is a fantastic experience and great fun it is also hard work, sometimes requiring long hours. You will get to ski, board and party if you want, but this is secondary to doing your job properly and effectively. We only employ people who can make a commitment for the entire season. Listed below are our employment positions and job descriptions.

We really appreciate people taking the time to apply to work at Craigieburn. However, we do receive a high number of job applications every season and as our recruitment team are volunteers, you may not receive a response unless we are interested in progressing your application.

We thank you for your understanding.

What our staff get up to Craigieburn Ski Valley, New Zealand.

Employment positions

General Manager
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- Overall responsibility for the operation and safety of Craigieburn Valley Ski Area, providing an excellent customer service focus, strong leadership, financial and operational management.
- 5+ year’s practical experience and a detailed knowledge of ski area operations.
- Excellent ability to lead a team to achieve results and maintain a strong work culture.
- Extensive customer service experience.
- Experience in ski area snow safety programmes.Minimum qualifications: Relevant tertiary level training in ski area operations and hospitality (or equivalent experience), NZ or Canadian avalanche level 1 (Level 2 preferred), Bar Licence.
- Minimum qualifications: NZ or Canadian avalanche level 2, advanced first aid, explosives certificate.

Snow Safety Officer
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- Responsible for the safe operation of the ski area (in conjunction with the General Manager) through successful implementation of the Snow Safety Plan.
- Requires extensive snow forecasting and ski patrol experience.
- Minimum qualifications: NZ or Canadian avalanche level 2, Pre-med / advanced first aid, explosives certificate.

Ski Patrol / Field Staff
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- Responsible for all on mountain operations including ski patrol, lift operations (rope tows), snow safety, and customer service.
- Minimum qualifications: NZ or Canadian avalanche level 1 recommended, first aid certificate, explosives certificate.
- Mechanical knowledge of diesel engines and general mechanical skills are an advantage.

Ski Instructor
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- Ski instructor for lodge guests and day visitors (on request).
- Assists Ski Patrol / Field Staff in general mountain operations.
- Minimum qualifications: NZ or Canadian ski instructor level 3.

Field Assistant (voluntary)
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- Unpaid position supporting the base area & Day lodge staff, helping field staff as required & generally helping out in exchange for ski pass/food/accommodation.

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- Sole-charge Chef/Cook with 3+ years’ experience in all areas of cooking/baking, organising/ordering.
- Creating hearty, good quality breakfasts & 3 course dinners for between 30-70 people.
- Also good at coordinating others including guests to assist with lodge operations.
- Minimum qualifications: Qualified Chef/Cook or relevant experience in a similar position.

Ticket Office Supervisor
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- Responsible for Ticket Office operations including ski pass sales, lodge bookings and providing guidance to both day visitors and lodge guests.
- Also assists in the Day Lodge when required.
- Requires excellent computer skills (Excel, Word, POS), administrative & customer service skills.

Day Lodge Supervisor
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- Prepare/cook lunches, sell coffee & food, cleaning & managing the high alpine day lodge.
- Requires a friendly, enthusiastic & honest person with superb customer service skills and cafe or cooking experience.
- Candidate must be a competent skier or boarder (required to make it to and from your place of work).
- Minimum qualifications: food hygiene and prep course, Chef/Cook qualifications or relevant experience in a similar position.

Customer Services/Bar Supervisor
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- Customer service leader for the ski area and responsible for operation of the lodge bar.
- Requires a friendly, enthusiastic & honest person with superb customer service skills and extensive cafe or bar experience, including stock management.
- Minimum qualifications: Host responsibility course & bar manager’s license an advantage.

We are currently accepting applications from overseas applicants. The Ski Area Association of New Zealand (SAANZ) is currently working with Immigration NZ (INZ) to seek exemption to allow specialised ski area workers to enter New Zealand. We will provide further information on this as it becomes available. For key immigration updates on COVID-19 please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service. All of the above information is provisional and subject to final contracts and changes.

Ready to work with us!

Applications now open online.
Come get a job or have a ski lesson at Craigieburn Valley with us.