2017 Season: We're Hiring!

First things first - here's a third party review from Snow Season Central, containing comprehensive information on our ski area, the terrain, the snow conditions as well as what to expect for working conditions. Have a read through and if you're still interested, come back here and read on!

Broken River Staff

The Broken River winter team is a small and committed group of highly qualified individuals, working together with a Club full of members who are passionate about Broken River and the great opportunities and atmosphere it offers.

A full description of Broken River's facilities and what it offers to skiers and snowboarders can be found on this website.

The essential attributes of any applicant will be:

You'll find descriptions of all staff positions below. These are subject to change, and to accommodate the different skills the team we employ. Flexibility is a pre-requisite for all applicants.

Broken River pays competitive rates and accommodation is provided. Additionally, working at Broken River provides a lifestyle, experiences and the opportunity to make friends you will never forget in a stunning mountain environment, with challenging and exciting on- and off-piste skiing and backcountry opportunities.

If this sounds like you, and you are able to commit to working at Broken River for the full season (including a pre-season induction/training period in late June), contact us at the addresses at the bottom of this page. All applicants will need to be available for an interview, and references must be supplied with all applications. We look forward to hearing from you!

See full list of all positions below.

To apply: Please email us at employment@brokenriver.co.nz and include a covering letter and your CV.  Please write the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Staff Positions 2017

Administration & Lodge Assistant (Filled)

You will assist the ticket/booking officer and chef, (see descriptions above for skills required). Your duties will include cleaning of huts and assisting in the organisation of food supply, preparation of meals and other duties, as required. You may also be required to assist in the on field canteen in Palmer Lodge during the day. This position will cover for the chef and the ticket office/bookings officer on their days off.

Chef/Lodge Assistant (Vacant)

We require an experienced chef to run the Club's on-field accommodation. As the lead chef at Broken River, you will oversee the smooth operation of all accommodation offered on the mountain. You will be responsible for providing breakfast and dinner for up to 70 guests plus staff in a timely manner, as well as ensuring that cleaning duties for both lodges are fulfilled to a high standard. You will create and allocate costings for weekly menu plans, ensuring that food is ordered, rationed and stored appropriately and that hearty, delicious food is prepared to high standards of nutrition. You will work in with other key staff in rostering and carrying out cleaning duties on a daily basis.


Formal qualifications as a caterer or chef, and/or evidence of substantial experience in a similar position are necessary, along with the ability to plan for, cost for and provide good, hearty meals to large groups of people on time and on budget. You will be playing host to up to 70 people who often look to the kitchen for comfort - therefore your personality should be warm and welcoming, even when under pressure. Time management skills are key to getting the best results. You should also possess the ability to recruit help where necessary - from both club members and other staff. Flexibility and the ability to work as a team member are crucial attributes. Hygienic kitchen practice is imperative.


Key Responsibilities

In this diverse role you will operate our equipment, including a PB300W Groomer, Grader, Bulldozer and Skidsteer loader maintaining snow conditions on the ski field and clearing snow from our access road and car parks. You will also perform a variety of other duties to assist in the smooth running of our ski operation including basic maintenance on ski lifts.

Required Skills & Experience

Proven experience in a similar role with experience in operating winch equipped snow groomers, preferably in a PB300W

Maintenance/General Hand (Filled)

You will be responsible for using Club machinery, which may include snow clearance duties in conjunction with the club’s contracted road clearance contractor. This may involve the use of heavy machinery (grader/bulldozer) and other machinery and often involve maintenance and repair duties. A heavy trade licence is essential. Maintenance of equipment essential to mountain operations, including tows, is an important facet of this position, part of which requires welding skills/experience. You will also be responsible for food supply and rubbish removal (to and from Rangiora), and other general maintenance work around the field (including the Tindall Tramway, and the Club groomer). From time to time you will also be required to assist with manual tasks such as cleaning and snow shovelling. A customer service focus is essential.

Field Operations/Ski Patrol (Filled)

For these positions you will have some professional experience. Medical certifications must include PHEC (EMT). Avalanche safety qualifications, professional membership to an avalanche safety organization (MSC, CAA, AAA), and a current snow blasting certificate an advantage but not necessary. To be suitable for this role you will need excellent problem-solving skills, possess good common sense and decision making skills, enjoy working around people and be calm under pressure. For field operations, you will be capable of operating Broken River's lifts (electrically-driven "nut-cracker" style rope tows) and capable of general maintenance of the tows and on-field lodges.

Mountain Manager (Filled)

The Mountain Manager has overall "on-mountain" responsibility for the operations of Broken River. He or she will have proven ability and significant experience in ski area management, risk management, personnel management, and will work closely with Broken River Ski Club management.

Administration Manager (Filled)

In this role, you will be responsible for sales in the ticket office, cash handling and daily reconciliations, the operation of the on field canteen in Palmer Lodge, and liaison with the Club Treasurer. You will be capable of operating the Club's MYOB accounting system and software, and in charge of taking bookings for ski packages and dealing with information requests from visitors, guests and the public. You will, along with others, have responsibility for the running of the Tyndall Tramway. 

This is a key position, requiring excellent administrative and public relations skills, and the ability to work under pressure.

Ski Instructor (Filled)

Broken River is renowned for the quality of its ski instruction which is second to none, and a vital element of the Broken River experience. You will possess an international ski instruction qualification (e.g. NZSIA Level 2, CSIA Level 3, PSIA 3, or above). You will be responsible for organising group and individual lessons for resident guests and day visitors together with weekend instruction and clinics, as required. Snowboarding instruction skills would be a bonus.

Snow Safety/Field Operations/Ski Patrol (Filled)

For these positions you will have professional ski patrol/snow safety qualifications and professional experience (4 years + preferred). Medical certifications should include PHEC (EMT). Avalanche safety qualifications should include Stage 2 NZ (Level 2 CAA or US level 3), professional membership to an avalanche safety organization (MSC, CAA, AAA), and a current snow blasting certificate. Additional avalanche forecasting credentials are desirable (winter weather forecasting, backcountry forecasting, avo education, etc.). For field operations, you will be capable of operating Broken River's lifts (electrically-driven "nut-cracker" style rope tows) and capable of general maintenance of the tows and on field lodges.



We have some positions for volunteers who are willing to assist on an unpaid basis in the base area, accommodation lodges, and on field in return for food, board and skiing.


Duties, on a daily basis will include snow shovelling (hopefully), help in the ticket office, laying grit on walkways, assisting the chef with meal preparations, help with dishes in the evenings and light lodge cleaning duties. You will be asked to help out for around three to four hours per day - the remaining time you will have free to ski and socialise.


Accommodation and all meals will be provided for you in a large shared bunk room situation for the duration of your stay. Skiing is also included.


If this appeals to you and you're not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into any task, then we'd love to hear from you. Please email employment@brokenriver.co.nz or call 03 318 8713 (in-season only).


Other Information




All staff are accommodated in the Custodian's Hut, a cosy, comfortable, and rustic hut situated above the accommodation lodges above bushline. There is a modest charge for this, inclusive of food. Staff members are expected to eat with lodge guests and help with evening lodge duties. As living conditions are tight, the ability to integrate well with and respect others within close quarters is absolutely essential.




For most people, working at a ski area is a lifestyle experience where the amount you earn is of less importance. That said, Broken River offers competitive pay rates, commensurate with the qualifications, experience and responsibility required of the position. We require our staff to commit to work the full season, and we expect flexibility from all our staff to ensure that the demands of a mountain environment are met. The time required to ensure that the work is done will vary depending on weather, snow conditions and demand. At busy times, staff can expect to work up to 6 days per week and if necessary cover for other staff when required.




If you are interested in applying for any of the above positions, please email a covering letter together with a current curriculum vitae, and details of any relevant qualifications held. Please email this to: employment@brokenriver.co.nz


An interview in Christchurch is preferred where possible.


When applying, please insert in the subject line the position you are applying for. Please note: as we receive a large amount of applications we will not be able to reply to every application and will reply to only those applications that we wish to pursue.


If you are an overseas applicant, we can assist in obtaining work visas for some positions (particularly the instructor positions). Working visa applications must be obtained before you come to New Zealand - they may not be obtained once you have arrived in New Zealand. For further details, please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service website www.immigration.govt.nz