What are the most important things I need to know?

  1. You need to have the legal right to work in New Zealand to work with us this winter. If you are getting a working holiday visa you need to be able to obtain one prior to the start date required for your job.
  2. We are looking for people who have a passion for people, we will provide full training and there are always opportunities for those who have never been to a resort before as well as seasoned pros.
  3. You need to have a mobile phone with internet capabilities, this is how we schedule your work, communicate and make sure everyone is safe out on the hill.
  4. If you want to work on a job which requires you to be on snow you must be able to ski or snowboard proficiently, this includes jobs where you need access to the upper mountain to get to your place of work.
  5. Some roles require pre-season drug testing or police vetting forms. If this applies to the department you apply for this will be highlighted in the recruitment process.  These processes are specific to the department/job not to individuals.

Where is Ohakune?

The local Ngāti Rangi iwi say the Māori language name Ohakune comes from the phrase “he Ohakune ki te ao”, which broadly means “an opening to a new world” and refers to the descent from Mount Ruapehu into the valley below, where lies Ohakune.

Ohakune township sits at the foot of the Tūroa Mountain road in the heart of the Central Plateau of the North Island of New Zealand. The small permanent population doubles during the winter months with visitors and winter workers from all over the globe creating a vibrant winter community.  There are a great range of bars and restaurants as well as plenty of off mountain activities to be enjoyed.

How does the recruitment process work?

Apply for the position of your choice and upload all relevant documents.  If you have relevant experience make sure this is at the top of your C.V and attach a cover letter to highlight why YOU are the best person for the job.

If you are selected for an interview we will contact you to arrange this either online or in person, you will also be informed if you are not successful.

Successful candidates will be sent offers of employment within 2 weeks of their interview and the timeline for replying with a signed contract will be outlined.

Interview time slots are short so make sure you prepare to put your best self forward.

I’m not sure what department to apply for?

Please don’t put in multiple applications, there is an option when you apply to select a second choice.

I’d like to be an instructor but I’m not qualified?

We do have limited availability in our apprentice instructor programme for kiwis who would like to train and gain qualifications during the season.  This means you work in Snow school for the winter season.   If you are from outside of New Zealand there will still be training opportunities for you which will be outlined by your department manager come winter.  This means you would have a chance to return next year as an instructor.

How long is the winter season?

This is snow dependent but we aim to operate from July 1st till October 27th.  Most contracts will require you to be available from June – October and specific dates will depend on departments.  Winter staff need to be available for the duration of the peak season 1 July – 13 October.  If your visa expires prior to October you may still be successful, just let us know.

What uniform is provided?

This depends which department you work for and if you are required to work outside or inside.  If you need to ski/ride as part of your job you will need your own skis/snowboard & boots.  Hardy outdoor footwear is strongly recommended and you’ll be provided with a uniform list prior to arriving so you can organise anything else you may need.

Do I need travel insurance?

We recommend that you take out personal property insurance from your country of residence.

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) currently administers New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme, which provides personal injury cover for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand. In return people do not have the right to sue for personal injury, other than for exemplary damages. For more information go to the ACC Website.

I have more questions!

Successful candidates will be provided with a virtual welcome pack loaded with details to ensure you have everything you need before you get started.  However, if there is anything you want to know more about before applying you can contact us at people@pureturoa.nz