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Operations Manager

We are looking for someone to bring their skills and energy to a revamped and dynamic role at The Boyle.
Stunning Location, Passionate professional people, Wide range of activities, Wide range of participants, Whanau
feeling, Supportive and Genuine.

The Centre is a Not-for-Profit organisation that delivers camps for schools and groups throughout the Canterbury, West Coast and Kaikoura regions as well as further afield. We work with years 7-13 delivering Rites of passage journeys, Leadership development, Duke of Edinburgh awards, and unit standard sign off assistance.

We also develop and design experiences for groups to meet specific outcomes both through schools and other

The Centre recognises Ngāi Tahu / Ngāti Kuri as Mana Whenua and is building capacity to deliver programmes based with Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga concepts underpinning them, so bringing an understanding or willingness to engage in these processes are a must.

We are looking for the right person! There are two separate profiles for the person who could suit this role so read on…

1 – The Norm
Someone who has 5years + of instructing experience and is looking for a step up into a Management role, this person can step into the field to guide other instructors or students and is willing and interested in being mentored into the Management space but has some good organisational, computer, and people skills that they bring to enhance the organisation. Hardworking, fun and energetic with a can-do attitude.

2- The other Norm
Someone who has had another career or experience and is a strong administration/IT/manager etc and has good outdoor skills/sense but wants to grow their ability to operate in the outdoors while using their other skills. This person needs to be ready to get outside and learn about the outdoors and instructing while supporting the organisation to consolidate and grow behind the scenes. You still need to be… Hardworking, fun, good with people and have a can-do attitude!

Key Responsibilities:
1 Take a leadership role in the day to day running and management of the Centre.

  • Assist in the day-to-day operations and staff management

  • Represent the organisation online and in person with individuals, attending groups and staff

  • Be prepared to work irregular hours at time

2 Design and deliver outdoor fresh relevant education and recreation programmes.

  • Bring a dynamic ability and creative ideas to develop and deliver innovative programmes

  • that meet the requirements of groups and industry.

3 Implement and manage safety operating procedures to ensure the well-being of participants and staff during outdoor activities.

  • Learn and develop safety procedures that align with current industry best practise

  • Monitor safety on programmes including recording issues and incidents, analyse information, and brief staff accordingly

4 Assist with the recruitment and rostering of instructional staff.

  • Assist with building a positive culture that looks after staff and students

  • Use resources to build a strong capable instructing body that delivers high quality

  • professional programmes

  • Manage rosters and staffing alongside others

5 Manage stakeholder relationships both internal and external through positive and professional
communication and interactions

  • Communicate professionally and in a timely manner with potential and current external stakeholders to ensure a clear and positive experience

  • Communicate and manage staff with clarity and professionalism, delivering information and feedback in a timely and positive manner

6 General resource management and development about the office and worksite

  • Look for innovative ways to manage the office that is cost effective, modern, and effective

  • Oversee stocktakes, resources and the required management of these around the workplace.

This is a full-time role based at The Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre at Boyle Village in the Lewis Pass.


Accommodation is provided however the successful applicant may also choose to live offsite at a location of their choosing e.g. Hanmer, Murchison, Kaikoura, West Coast, Christchurch and travel for the week of mahi to be onsite.


Some remote work is possible with this role.

Salary is $60-75,000 per annum depending on skills and experience

For a full Job Description and information package or to ask any questions email Sharon,


Outdoor Instructors/Senior Instructor

We are looking for passionate and hardworking instructors to join our instructing team to facilitate our multi-activity courses and camps based at our Centre in the Lewis Pass.


You will be working alongside our new Centre Manager, Sharon Nicholas.

We have vacancies for instructors to join our casual pool for the rest of this year, and we have a full time, permanent position available for a Senior Instructor.

We are looking for a people who have:

  • NZOIA L1 or Leader qualifications (or equivalent qualifications) in Bush, Rock, Abseil,

  • and Ropes Course experience is preferred – or you are working towards these

  • Experience as an outdoor instructor

  • A good understanding of current best practice and safety management

  • Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills

  • Current and valid First Aid Certificate

  • Full Driver Licence

At our Centre we cater mainly for school groups of different ages. We offer tailor-made programmes to suit each client’s needs so our instructors need to be flexible to cater for a wide range of activities and programme needs. They need to be enthusiastic and motivated with excellent people skills, with the drive to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. This role gives you the opportunity to provide safe and enjoyable instruction in the NZ bush environment and deliver this with your individual personality and experiences.

The Senior Instructor role involves mentoring others in their instructing roles and in safety practice.

We offer staff ongoing training opportunities, a great working environment and accommodation while working at our centre. All staff are required to be vetted by the New Zealand Police, and be successfully inducted into our Safety Management System.

Applications, with a CV and cover letter, should be sent to the Chair of the North Canterbury Alpine Trust, Chrissie Williams:

Closing date: Friday 8 March 2024


  • Instruction Staff begin at Trainee pay level as support and supervision are still needed.

  • They will move up to Level 1 when all necessary management and core competencies have been achieved and they can work solo.

  • Further advancement depends on experience, performance, commitment and qualifications.

Trainee instructor (TI)

Usually follows on from the Intern Course or entry level instructors with less than one seasons experience at an outdoor centre. e.g. Entry level instructors who have not completed all Induction competencies and require supervision. This level recognises that further support, mentoring and logged hours are required before all the main programme activities can be run safely without supervision.

Instructor 1 (L1)
Entry level for any new staff who have achieved all necessary induction and competencies, prior to appraisal or further assessment. E.g. Instructors with one or two seasons experience and no relevant NZOIA L1 or equivalent qualifications. All main programme activities can be run safely and without supervision. Activities can be debriefed to facilitate individual and group learning.Usually follows on from the Intern Course or entry level instructors with less than one seasons experience at an outdoor centre. e.g. Entry level instructors who have not completed all Induction competencies and require supervision. This level recognises that further support, mentoring and logged hours are required before all the main programme activities can be run safely without supervision.

Instructor 2 (L2)E

Experienced instructors/facilitators who have had a successful appraisal or assessments. e.g. Instructors with relevant NZOIA L 1 or equivalent qualifications and a range of experience over several seasons. All main programme activities can be run safely and without supervision plus extra competences. Facilitation follows ABL principles, is to a high standard and successfully promotes individual and group learning. Membership of outdoor sector professional organisations is desirable (e.g. NZOIA, NZRA etc.). Can assist with training.

Senior Instructor (SI)
In addition to Instructor 2 skills, this level recognises length of service and commitment to BROEC, the ability to lead others in staff training and leadership/mentoring on the Intern Course. e.g. A Senior Instructor will have a wide variety of experience in the outdoors, both professionally and personally, over many seasons, and be able to contribute to the development of the centre and procedures. They will hold one or more relevant NZOIA L1 and
L2 or equivalent qualifications and be a member of relevant outdoor sector professional organisations. Further advancement depends on experience, performance, commitment and qualifications.

Instuctor Position
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