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Applications for the 2021 Winter season at Porters Now Open!

Here at Porters we are looking to make our 2021 Winter season the best yet!

To do this we need to hear from you. At Porters our Guests are at the center of everything we do. They expect the very best when it comes to safety, snow conditions and Guest Service.

We employ over eighty Team Members during the winter season, which runs from late June to the beginning of October. We also have part-time positions for the July school holidays and weekends.

You will be part of a close, hardworking Team here at Porters and although the work can be challenging on occasions, you will have plenty of time to improve (or learn from the ground-up) ski and/or snowboarding skills as well as join us on some great social events.

If you feel you not only have the appropriate skills required but, more importantly, the right attitude to give our Guests the best experience and create some lasting memories for them and for you, then please read through all the information and list of available jobs below then submit an online application. If your application is successful we’ll be in touch with you to arrange an interview time.

A Note About All Positions

At Porters, we work together as a unified team across all departments. As rates of busyness fluctuate from department to department, on any one day you could be asked by management to work outside of your given job description, so a flexible attitude to helping your fellow team members where possible is essential to every position. Management will not abuse this by requesting your assistance outside of your physical ability or your job training level.


Ski/Snowboard Instructors

We are very proud of our reputation in this area. We are a go-to mountain for many schools and those wishing to learn. To apply for this challenging role you will need a minimum of Qualification NZ Stage One. Full-time or part-time positions available. Overseas instructors need to be experienced in teaching and preferably have ISIA qualifications

Shuttle Bus Driver

Getting our Guests and our Team safely up and down the mountain is crucial for our operations. You will be the first person many of our Guests come into contact with so a great attitude and a fantastic personality is essential. You must have NZ Class 1 and P Licence and need to have experience in driving passenger mini vans or small buses.

Food & Beverage Staff / Baristas

Our Guests and Team need constant “fuel” stops and the place for this is our busy on mountain café. We are looking for Team Members who have experience in food handling, food hygiene and preparation and of course great Guest service skills. We are also looking for experienced baristas.


Car Park/General Duties Attendant

This role covers all areas linked to assist guests with parking and ensuring they find their way around our mountain. You will also find yourself working with and learning a number of the other operations on the mountain so this is a great role for someone who wants variety in other departments.


Ski Patroller Team Leader

Duties include: Oversee and be involved in day to day operations of the Ski Patrol department

Report directly to the Operations Manager/ General Manager

Work closely with and support the snow safety team

Assist in the training and development of patrol staff and record keeping

Take on the role of health and safety officer at Porters interacting will all departments and meeting with management

Build and maintain effective working relationships with all staff and the skiing public.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
- Professional Ski Patrol/ Snow safety experience 5+ Seasons preferred

- Leadership history is an advantage
- Pre-hospital Emergency Care qualification or equivalent
- Avalanche Safety Stage One qualification- possibly Avalanche Safety Stage Two qualification with Snow blasting approved handler certification


Ski Patroller

Duties include: Reporting directly to the Ski Patrol Manager, the main function of this role is to ensure the wellbeing of guests and staff at the ski area by professional care giving and hazard management.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
- Professional Ski Patrol/ Snow safety experience
- Pre-hospital Emergency Care qualification
- Avalanche Safety Stage One qualification
- possibly Avalanche Safety Stage Two qualification with Snow blasting approved handler certification

Snow Safety

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


Must be able to work varied shifts and be flexible. The ability to work in a cold & harsh environment is essential as is physical fitness. Previous experience with machinery is preferred.


Ticket Office / Guest Services

Our Guest Service and Ticket office Team are the face of Porters. To apply for this position you must have exceptional Guest service skills and be familiar with computer/ticketing/EFTPOS systems, cash handling, daily reconciliations, dealing with Guest requests, sense of humour and patience for those busy times.


Ski Technician / Rental Fitter

Our Guests can’t do anything without the right equipment. We are looking for Team Members with experience in repairing and tuning ski and snowboard equipment. A pleasant, outgoing manner with a tidy appearance is required for our busy hire service.


Groomer Operator

Duties include the operation and basic maintenance of snow groomers. It is essential that applicants possess a minimum of 3 winter seasons experience in the operation of winch snow groomers, grooming downhill ski slopes and terrain parks, a working knowledge of heavy machinery and a strong mechanical aptitude, a can-do attitude and not afraid of hard work to achieve the task at hand.Applicants require a NZ drivers licence and tracks endorsement

Lift Operator / Ticket Checker

Applicants should be competent skier/boarder, enjoy working with the public and have a tidy appearance.


Grader Operator / Maintenance Person

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, fit and competent applicant. We look for a person with relevant mechanical trade and preferably with experience in operating graders and/or other machinery. Experience in ski area snowmaking would be beneficial. Must be able to work shifts in a cold and challenging environment with a love for the outdoors.

Part-Time Positions

We are looking for PART TIME Team Members in: lift operations, car park attendants, ticket office, ski hire, cafe and qualified instructors for half-day and full-day work, particularly on weekends and during the July school holidays. We also look for shuttle drivers with NZ Class 1 and P-Licence for weekends.


Who are we looking for when we employ team?

We are really looking for a Team that is dedicated to giving a Great Guest Experience. You must be prepared to work with a small hard working Team. You need to have a great Attitude, be energetic and positive, be able to work under pressure, love the outdoors and its challenging environment. We will do our best to ensure your time with us leaves you with some great memories and some new skills.

It is difficult to be exact about the full season dates due to the nature of the great NZ weather but we are anticipating our 2021 season will run from 25th June to early October. Of course we will confirm this as soon as possible.

How do I apply for a Position?

We only accept applications by our online application form (link below). All applications must be received by 18th April 2021.

Please include a cover letter (within the same file) with your current curriculum vitae. 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.

Also please remember to tell us if you have any managerial or supervisory experience.

All applicants need to send a recent passport-type photograph plus a copy of your work visa (where applicable).

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, so you can apply for a visa directly through your nearest NZ Embassy.

All others positions need to obtain a working holiday visa before we can consider the application (does not apply to NZ or Australian residents).

Further Employment Details

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; Czech Republic, 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

Pay Rates

Pay rates start from $20 per hour but of course this varies depending on position and experience. Hours of work and length of employment can vary with weather and snow conditions. We only employ people who can make a commitment for the entire season. During the peak season most full-time employees can expect to work 5-6 days per week and 35-40 hours.


We can assist Team with finding accommodation in the Springfield area, though all employees are responsible for finding their own accommodation for the season unless otherwise specified by Porters Team. Transport from Springfield to and from the ski area is provided.

Your Application

Due to the large number of applications, we are only able to reply to applicants who are suitable and we have vacancies for.

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