Applications for the 2017 winter season at Porters are accepted from 15 January to 20 May 2017.
We offer a fun and enjoyable team atmosphere at Porters, and strive to achieve the highest levels of service for our customers. If you enjoy mixing challenging and fulfilling work with the appropriate balance of play-time (skiing and boarding), then Porters could be for you.
We employ 50 staff 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.
If you’d like to apply, please read through all the information and list of jobs below, and submit an online application. If successful, we’ll then be in touch with you to arrange an interview time.
Unless qualified and experienced in the ski industry (i.e. qualified patroller, instructor or snow-maker), all applicants must be available for a personal interview in May in Christchurch. We do not offer phone or Skype interviews – no interview, no job.
Due to the large number of applications, we are only able to reply to applicants who are suitable and we have vacancies for. Please apply prior to April using our online job application form and if you apply in May or June, contact us first to confirm if we still have a vacancy.
Ski Patrol Volunteer Programme
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in ski patrolling and learning about it. You need to be a competent/advanced skier and can make a commitment for weekends throughout the season.
|TICKET OFFICE STAFF/GUEST SERVICES|
|Need to have exceptional guest service skills, be familiar with computer systems, experienced in cash handling, daily reconciliations or banking.|
|LIFT OPERATOR/TICKET CHECKER|
|Applicants should be competent skier/boarder, enjoy working with the public and have a tidy appearance.|
|SKI TECHNICIAN/RENTAL FITTER|
|Preferably with experience in repairing & tuning ski & snowboard equipment. A pleasant outgoing manner with a tidy appearance required for busy hire service.|
|SKI & SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR/QUALIFIED RACE COACH/experienced Snowsports School Manager
|With Qualification NZ Stage One as a minimum requirement. Full or part-time positions available. Overseas Instructors need to be experienced in teaching and preferably have ISIA qualification. We are also looking for an experienced manager of the snowsports school which is mainly office based, selling lessons, dealing with customers and managing up to 20 instructors.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|SKI PATROLLER/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 possibly Avalanche Safety Stage Two qualification with Snow blasting approved handler certification.|
|LIVE-IN COOK and COMMERCIAL LODGE MANAGERS
|Live-in cook for the staff quarters must have current driver licence and experience in cooking for up to 15 people. We are also looking for experienced lodge managers, preferably a mature couple, who can deliver outstanding meals and are able to manage a 40-bed commercial lodge.|
|MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN / MECHANIC|
|We are looking for a suitably skilled person to join the maintenance team on the ski area. A trade qualification in mechanical or engineering areas would be preferred, however a person with proven experience and aptitude may be considered for this position. You will join a small team of skilled and dedicated people who form the core of the mountain operation ensuring a safe and efficient operation of the ski area and its facilities. The role involves the mechanical repair and maintenance of plant, equipment and machinery that is owned and operated by the company. This includes but is not limited to the service and repair of diesel generator plant, snow grooming machinery, grader, excavator, snow making equipment, small engines, passenger vehicles, lift drive engines etc. An onsite workshop provides a base for maintenance work but many tasks are carried out in the field. The applicant would be expected to provide their own basic hand tools with specialised tools and equipment being provided by the company. 4x4 vehicle will be provided for work on site and transport from Springfield each day is available
Expectations of this role include:
- Be aware of and demonstrate high standard of health and safety practices in the work place
- Responsible, honest and enthusiastic
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Ability to work unsupervised at times
- Willing to work flexible hours during the winter operating season
- Show a high standard of workmanship and a solid work ethic
Qualifications and Experience (desirable)
- Hold a current class 1 car license. Class 2, T & W endorsements would be an advantage
- Trade qualification in mechanical or engineering field
- Experience with hydraulics especially hydrostatic drive systems
- Experience with diesel engines service and maintenance
- Experience with power generation
- Understanding of electrical fundamentals
- Ability to enter maintenance documentation into computer system
- First Aid – workplace level 1
- Machinery maintenance and operation – excavator, grader, groomer etc
- Welding and fabrication skills
- Lifting and rigging
- Working at heights
Working on a ski area offers many unique experiences and rewards with no work day the same. The mountain environment can be challenging at times and suits someone with a “can do” attitude who appreciates working in the outdoors. The variety offered in work experience should be part of the attraction of this role.
Porters Ski Area is a growing company, showing commitment to its improvement and development with the recent installation of a Doppelmayr fixed quad chair in 2015, extensive earthworks and snowmaking system and power distribution upgrade.
This fixed term position (40 hours p/w min) would begin on 6th June through to approx. 1st Oct. This position will lead to an offer of full-time employment to the right applicant.
Remunerations will be negotiated with applicant based on skills and experience.
Applications should be directed to email@example.com.
Please include a brief cover letter with your resume. You should provide references from at least two recent employers.
|FOOD & BEVERAGE STAFF/BARISTA|
|Should be experienced in food handling, food hygiene and preparation. We are also looking for experienced baristas|
|CAR PARK ATTENDANT|
|Assist guests with parking, must be flexible to also work in other departments as required|
|PART TIME POSITIONS|
|We are looking for lift operators, car park attendants, ticket office staff, ski hire staff, cafeteria staff and qualified instructors for half day and full day work, especially on weekends and during theJuly school holidays. We also look for shuttle drivers with Class 2 and P-licence for weekends.|
Who are we looking for when we employ staff?
We require team players who are dedicated and provide our customers with the best possible service & experience. You need to have a good attitude, be energetic and positive, be able to work under pressure, love the outdoors and its challenging environment. Working at a ski area should be seen as a lifestyle rather than a place where you earn a lot of money.
Duration of Employment; 23 June to 5 October 2017
How do I apply for a Position?
We only accept applications by our online application form (link below). All applications must be received by 20 May.
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.
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. 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 need to get 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 www.immigration.govt.nz.
All applicants from New Zealand & overseas (except instructors) need to be available for a personal interview in Christchurch during May. We do not offer phone or Skype interviews.
Pay rates start from $15.75 per hour. 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 days per week for 40 hours.
We can assist staff in finding accommodation in the Springfield area, though all employees are responsible for finding their own accommodation for the season unless otherwise specified by management. Transport from Springfield to and from the ski area is provided.
Due to the large number of applications, we are only able to reply to applicants who are suitable and we have vacancies for.