Careers at ZEALANDIA

Come and work for ZEALANDIA – we are an award-winning facility dedicated to telling New Zealand’s unique conservation story.

We have a small team of staff working in the areas of conservation, operations, education, customer service, office administration, marketing, and volunteer management.

If you are looking for an opportunity to make a real difference to New Zealand’s natural environment and work at one of the country’s most exciting eco-tourism attractions, joining the ZEALANDIA team as a staff member or volunteer could be the right move for you.

ZEALANDIA is a Living Wage Employer.

Café Assistant

Rātā Café is an award-winning café offering cuisine with a conscience and native twist. Our ethos is working with what nature provides to make delicious food and drink that is not only sustainable, but gives back to the earth. 

The casual café and functions assistants manage all parts of the customer experience in the café from greeting customers as they arrive in the café, taking orders and serving food and drinks to customers, exact use of the POS system and ensure a clean and professional environment. Café Assistants will also be required to assist the kitchen at times through managing dishes, food preparation and cleaning. 

Ideally you will have/be:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to follow and pass on instructions. 
  • Co-operative, assisting other team members as needed. 
  • The ability with work under pressure.
  • Experience in customer service and cash handling (preferred).
  • A Barista qualification and/or experience as a barista (preferred).

Like all members of staff at ZEALANDIA, the person in this role will be expected to actively uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, maintain and promote exceptional health and safety, and support the maintenance of biosecurity in the sanctuary.

Position Description 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com.

Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.

 

                                                                                                                               

Assistant Café Supervisor (fixed term)

Rātā Café is an award-winning café offering cuisine with a conscience and native twist. Our ethos is working with what nature provides to make delicious food and drink that is not only sustainable, but gives back to the earth. 

The Assistant Café Supervisor works with the Manager and Supervisor in leading a hardworking team responsible for delivery of all front of house activities for Rātā Café and for the running and delivery of all functions (e.g. corporate meeting and events, weddings and group dining). 

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring front of house, back of house and storage areas are kept tidy and clean at all times.
  • Supervising the café operations as the Duty Manager when the Manager and or Supervisor are not working. 
  • Being a champion for excellent food service within the café ensuring that food is delivered to a high standard by the kitchen and that the café team provides excellent customer service.
  • Overseeing order to and deliveries from suppliers checking and weighing all deliveries before passing invoices on to the Manager Rata Cafe for payment approval.
  • Ensuring health and safety is addressed in day-to-day activities for all staff working in the café and for functions. 

Ideally you will have:

  • A Barista qualification.
  • A current First Aid certificate.
  • NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service – Level 3 and or minimum of 2 years’ experience in a café or restaurant ideally in a supervisor role.
  • A current Duty Managers Certificate (including LCQ) – preferred. Training can be provided to the right candidate who does not have a current duty managers certificate.
  • The ability to lead a team successfully.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability with work under pressure and great problem-solving skills.

Like all members of staff at ZEALANDIA, the person in this role will be expected to actively uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, maintain and promote exceptional health and safety, and support the maintenance of biosecurity in the sanctuary.

Position description. This is a fixed term role (ending 30 March 2022)

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com. Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.

 

                                                                                                                               

Assistant Chef

(permanent part-time and casual positions available)

Rātā Café is an award winning café offering cuisine with a conscience and native twist. Our ethos is working with what nature provides to make delicious food and drink that is not only sustainable, but gives back to the earth.

This role is to assist the Head Chef and Sous Chef in the effective running of the food operation by preparing all food items to the highest standard and meeting Food Control Plan and budget guidelines. We are looking for a general all-rounder who can positively contribute to the kitchen.

Rātā Café’s normal operating hours are 7 days a week from 8:00am to 5.30pm. Work outside of these may be required to support functions activities.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring food products are prepared to Rātā Cafe standards as set by the Sous Chef and Head Chef.
  • Maintain food safety in the kitchen – i.e. daily temperature checks and cleaning schedule.
  • Testing cooked food and assessing quality and presentation.
  • Maintaining kitchen stock levels and being cost conscious by minimising wastage.
  • Sole charge of kitchen and kitchen hands at times.
  • Cabinet food preparation.
  • Assisting with food preparation for event catering.

Ideally you will have:

  • At least a year’s experience in a similar role.
  • Baking experience.
  • Catering experience.
  • Vegetarian and vegan food knowledge (preferred).

Position Description 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com. Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.

                                                                                                                               

Kitchen Assistant

Zealandia is an award-winning and conservation project dedicated to connecting people with nature. We have a 500-year vision to restore 225ha of forest and freshwater ecosystems within our sanctuary fence, and a 20-year strategy that focuses on our impact and influence beyond the fence. ZEALANDIA is also a place where people’s understanding of New Zealand biodiversity and environmental issues is enhanced through their involvement, enjoyment, learning and experience of the sanctuary.

Rātā Café is an award winning café offering cuisine with a conscience and native twist. Our ethos is working with what nature provides to make delicious food and drink that is not only sustainable, but gives back to the earth. Our Kids Menu is very popular with our younger patrons and has received an endorsement from the Heart Foundation and winning a Munch Food Award for the best kid’s menu in New Zealand.   

The Kitchen Assistant assists the chefs and front of house in the effective running of the café.  The Kitchen Assistant keeps all areas of the kitchen clean, dishes washed and preparing food items as required to the highest standard.  The Kitchen Assistant will need to work rapidly and efficiently in a fast paced cafe.

There is opportunity to progress within the café through this role.

It is advantageous that an applicant has an interest in New Zealand conservation. The application must also be available to be rostered weekdays, weekends, evenings and public holidays.

We are looking for applicants to start immediately.

Position Description 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com  

 

                                                                                                                                

Ranger – Visitor Sales and Enquiries (casual role)

ZEALANDIA is renowned world-wide as a leading conservation, education, research and tourism organisation in Wellington.  Our achievements have been recognised as one of the world top 100 greatest places by Time magazine and a top 10 Wellington tourist destination. ZEALANDIA’s Centre for People and Nature will enhance ZEALANDIA’s reputation internationally in the fields of conservation, research and learning, and as one of Wellington’s leading providers of outdoor education programmes.

Rangers in the Visitor Sales and Enquiries team enhance the sanctuary experience by ensuring that visitors, members and volunteers are greeted professionally and information given to them is tailored to their needs. These Rangers need to be multi-skilled in the systems and databases we use at ZEALANDIA. They have shared responsibility for customer service, data collection, sales and retail, bookings and ticketing and membership.

Ideally you will have/be:

  • Confident in talking with members of the public and have excellent communication skills.
  • Be sales focused and able to go the extra mile for customers.
  • A team player - effectively self manage and still integrate well as a team player.
  • Able to demonstrate a sensitivity, respect and understanding of the cultural and historical significance of the area.
  • Personal presentation to a high professional standard.
  • Excellent administration and computer skills.
  • Ability to work weekends and Public Holidays, and have the flexibility to work on a 7-day roster.

Position Desciption 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to humanresources@visitzealandia.com. Please note our application form must be completed for your resume to be accepted. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.

Applications close 5pm Thursday 5 August 2021.

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