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Job Vacancies 2020

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 crew at Rainbow for the 2020 season. If this sounds like your mix of challenging and fulfilling work, AND 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.  

We are recruiting for all positions as detailed below, however some roles will be filled by our excellent base of returning staff.  Please read through all of the information detailed 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.  Rainbow Ski Area employs 30-40  staff during the winter season, which generally runs from end of June to the end of September.  

We have roles which require a range of experience and qualifications, however there is always a place for the legend applicant who is positive, energetic, customer oriented and willing to learn if you know the ski industry is your deal.  

All applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand (either hold a current Working Holiday Visa, or alternatively obtain a sponsored work permit-ski and snowboard instructors only), and be able to communicate to an acceptable spoken and written level of English. Duration of Employment; Season generally runs from end of June through to the end of September  



  1. Mechanic
  2. Groomer Operator
  3. Shuttle Drivers
  4. Lifties

Customer Service

  1. Customer Service Team Leader
  2. Ticketing Staff
  3. School/Shuttle/Snowsports assistant
  4. Events Staff
  5. Rentals Team members
  6. Ski Service Technician
  7. Snowsports Instructors

RAINBOW’S Team members are: 

  • Motivated, professional, resourceful, enthusiastic, honest 

  • Adaptable, approachable, responsible, international RAINBOW’S CREW DO:  

    Help without hesitation, listen, motivate & inspire 

  • Have high standards, try new things, have great communication skills  

  • Seek opportunities to change things for the better

APPLY NOW! send to your letter and CV to along with up to date copies of your CV and any relevant qualifications & licenses, if successful we will be in touch to arrange an interview. Please include a cover letter (within the same file) with your current curriculum vitae (CV).  

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 Team (‘pot of gold’); and the Rainbow image;  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?  

For the Snowsports department, please include with your CV a copy of relevant qualifications including a current first-aid certificate, plus a photograph. All overseas applicants need to send a recent passport-type photograph plus your visa eligibility or status, if successful we will supply the documentation required for a sponsored work permit as required. We are only able to help fully qualified instructors, Patrollers and Groomer Operators to obtain a work permit.  

Please note that the position of ‘Instructors’ and ‘Ski Technician’ is on our Immediate Skill Shortage List, if successful you can apply for a visa directly through your nearest NZ Embassy with supporting documentation from Rainbow Ski Area. All others need to get a working holiday visa before we can consider the application (does not apply to NZ or Australian residents).  

WORKING HOLIDAY VISAS 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 website All required fields must be completed for us to consider your application