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Job Vacancies 2017 Season

2017 Employment Applications.

We are recruiting for all positions as detailed below. Some roles will be filled by our loyal base of returning staff. Please read through all of the information detailed below and on our website, here you will find specific information to Rainbow Ski Area, the club that is the foundation to the ski area, and information on the Nelson Marlborough region. 

Are you an exciting, customer-oriented, adaptable, team focused player who is driven by working and playing in the mountains? Do you live for the winters? Here at Rainbow we are looking for team members that will become the pot of gold at Rainbow for the 2017 season. If this sounds like your mix of challenging and fulfilling work, you are customer-focused, positive and passionate about skiing and snowboarding, then come join us at the top of the Southern Alps here in New Zealand. 


Rainbow Ski Area employs 35-40 fulltime staff and 5-10 part-time staff during the winter season. Typically the season runs from early July to early October. We have roles which require differing ranges of experience and qualifications, however there is always a place for the Legend applicant who is positive, energetic, customer oriented, and willing to learn! Are you a Legend? Send us an application now!

All applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand (hold a current Working Holiday Visa for the duration of the season), and be able to communicate to an acceptable spoken and written level of English.



 Ticket Office Staff
Fun and friendly customer minded with a high level of spoken and written English. You will need to be experienced in cash handling and POS systems along with a friendly and attentive personality.
 Ticket Office Supervisor
This role is to supervise all aspects of the Ticket Office, daily operations, cash handling, products and POS systems. A key element of this role is Social Media and Marketing, previous experience and qualifications required.
 Ski Technician/ Rental Fitters
Experienced in repairing and tuning ski & board equipment. Pleasant outgoing manner with a tidy appearance required to the busy hire service.
 Snow School Supervisor
This role is to supervise all aspects of Snow School, daily operations, products, scheduling. Previous experience in a similar role and a ski or snowboard qualification preferred. 
 Ski & Snowboard instructors/qualified race coaches
As ambassadors for the sport and of course the mighty Rainbow you will be energetic and adaptable to anything you are faced with while enjoying being an important part of the friendly atmosphere. With Qualification NZSIA level one (or equivalent) as a minimum requirement.
 Mountain Shuttle Supervisor
The role involves the daily management of the department. It also includes driving of the 4WD shuttle vehicles in a safe and comfortable manner transporting passengers up the mountain from the base of the access road. Passenger endorsement with NZ drivers licence is required and a class 2 would be a benefit. Alpine driving experience is essential to operate our 4wd Mitsubishi Rosa's.
 Mountain Shuttle Drivers
This role includes driving the mountain staff from St Arnaud daily along with our shuttle service operated from the bottom of the mountain road (8km) to the base are. You will be a punctual and considerate customer oriented person who enjoys welcoming guest to their journey to Rainbow while having an up most professional and safe manner towards safety and your passengers. Passenger endorsement with NZ drivers licence is required and a class 2 would be a benefit. Alpine driving experience is essential to operate our 4wd Mitsubishi Rosa's.
Applicants will be dynamic and practical in their approach to work while being able to work varied shifts. The ability to work in cold & harsh environment is essential as is being physically fit. Previous experience with snowmaking and grooming machinery is preferred. This position is a live on mountain role where accommodation will be provided. While not snow making this role will include maintenance, road operations and general work around the resort. Current drivers licence is required and WTR an advantage. 
 Groomer Operator
Duties include the operation and basic maintenance of our Kassbohrer PB300 and PB200 snow groomers. It is essential that applicants possess; Current drivers licence with WTR, a minimum of 4 winter seasons experience in the operation of Pisten Bully snow groomers, grooming down hill ski slopes and terrain parks. Working knowledge of heavy machinery and a strong mechanical aptitude. You will bring a can do attitude and not be afraid of hard work to achieve the task at hand. Snow making experience would be an advantage. This is a live on mountain role and accommodation will be provided
Roads / Maintenance
We are looking for a multi skilled person to ensure the mountain road remains operation, open and safe. To be considered for this role you MUST have a current NZ drivers licence and WTR endorsements (Class 2 and P licence is also preferred). Experience operating a front end loader, tractors and towing heavy trailers and driving in alpine conditions (snow and ice). Physically fit and healthy and clean driving record. Other duties will include general maintenance and servicing, parking control, assisting mountain guests and a general good sort. This is a live on mountain role and accommodation will be provided.
 Ski Patrol/ Snow safety

Duties include: ensuring a safe and enjoyable ski area environment for all guests and staff. To maintain and promote the highes possible standards of service, safety and professionalism. It is essential that applicants possess; Professional Ski Patrol/ Snow safety experience; Pre-hospital Emergency Care qualification; Avalanche Safety Stage One or higher qualification; Snow blasting approved handler certification. 

 Part time positions

We are also looking for lift operators, ski hire staff and qualified instructors for half day and full day work, especially on weekends and during the holidays. 



As a primarily customer oriented operation we rely completely on positive experiences and first impressions mean a lot. Please include with your application a short personal introduction which highlights your most valuable skills and how you fit the Rainbow Crew (‘pot of gold’)! Tell us what you will bring to our crew that will make our 2016 ‘pot of gold’ one to remember. You can send this in any (digital) format, video, images, written (2-3 sentences) etc. Below are some questions to help guide you through this ;-).

1.     What challenges you? What motivates you?

2.     What gets you out of bed each day?

3.     What was your best alpine experience?

4.     What is your favourite thing you like to share with others?


  • Motivated, Professional, Resourceful, Enthusiastic, Honest
  • Adaptable, Approachable, Responsible, International


  • Help without hesitation, Listen, Motivate & inspire
  • Have high standards, Try new things, Have great communication skills
  • Seek opportunities to change things for the better


We want our high performing and memorable crew to return year after year (which they do!) to provide only the best service to our local and visiting customer base, so we offer them priority application and opportunities to move up or change direction within our cross disciplinary departments.


Download and complete the application form using the link below and send to along with up to date copies of your CV and any relevant qualifications & licenses, if succesful we will be in touch to arrange an interview.

Please include a cover letter (within the same file) with your current curriculum vitae (CV). Additionally, please state if you want a full-time or part-time position, part-time means weekend and holidays only.

For the Ski & Snowboard School, please include with your CV a copy of relevant qualifications, plus a photograph. All overseas applicants need to send a recent passport-type photograph plus a copy of your work visa.

We are only able to help fully qualified instructors, patrollers and groomer operators to obtain a work permit. All others need to get a working holiday visa before we can consider the application (does not apply to NZ or Australian residents).

All required fields must be completed for us to consider your application.

 Employment Application2016.doc

 PDF Application Form


Citizens of the following countries can apply for a 12 month working holiday visa:

UK; Japan; Canada; Ireland; Netherlands; France; Germany; Italy; Sweden; Chile; Japan; Malaysia; Korea; Singapore; Hong Kong; Argentina; Belgium; Denmark; Finland; Malta; Taiwan; USA; Uruguay.

The visas can be applied for through the New Zealand Embassy of your country. Note that the visa must be applied for in your home country – working holiday visas are not issued once you are in New Zealand.

For further information on visas for New Zealand please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service


We can assist staff in finding accommodation in the St Arnaud area, though all employees are responsible for finding their own accommodation for the season unless otherwise specified by management. Transport from St Arnaud to and from the ski area is provided.