River Valley Employment
Opportunities

From time to time, we have full time vacancies in a number of positions. These include, Guides, Chefs and Bar and Lodge Staff. If you are interested in working at River Valley, are honest, suitably qualified, friendly and self motivated, send us your CV to put on file.

So what type of person are we after?

Well first of all we are not after just anyone!

We are especially looking for people who want to make River Valley a career choice.

People who can grasp the River Valley vision of Great Staff delivering Great Experiences. People who are excited by the possibility that Hospitality is all about how you make your guests feel! People who passionately believe that shaking peoples’ hands, smiling, and looking them in the eye is a genuine means of welcoming them.

Because of the nature of our business, we all learn to do a bit of most things. Sometimes this can be a challenge, but most of the time it’s a delight to have a bit of diversity in the job. If you think you are the right fit for the job, but are worried about your skill base at some of the roles, then don’t. Training will be given on the job, so don’t be afraid to apply.

To do the above requires giving of yourself! It requires you to be genuine and honest. It does not require you to be special. If this type of experience in your workplace excites you, then please contact us.

Looking for a new exciting opportunity? We are stoked to be growing our team this coming summer.

All Rounder

Currently this position is available

Miranda Aylward

Posted on – 27th June 2021

All Rounder

Because of the nature of our business, we all learn to do a bit of most things. Sometimes this can be a challenge, but most of the time it’s a delight to have a bit of diversity in the job. If you think you are the right fit for the job, but are worried about your skill base at some of the roles, then don’t. Training will be given on the job, so don’t be afraid to apply.

We are looking for 2 people who will be ‘all rounders’ at River Valley lodge.  The duties in this role could include (but not limited to):

  • Hosting
  • Bar
  • Kitchen Hand
  • House Keeping
  • Driving
  • Grounds
  • Reception.

This is a seasonal position for Summer 2021/22.

To apply, please email janey@rivervalley.co.nz with a CV and covering letter.  Applications close Sunday 1st August.

Second Chef

Currently this position is available

Miranda Aylward

Posted on – 27th June 2021

Second Chef

We have an opening for an experienced cook or chef.  River Valley majors in Farm-To-Table style meals.  We are looking for someone who enjoys being able to pick fresh produce from the lodge gardens, and turn it into tasty, New Zealand food.  Our meals are a celebration of seasonal produce, sourced primarily from our gardens.  We do not publish a menu, because we do not have one! Rather our chefs are encouraged to be creative and prepare beautiful gourmet meals with whatever produce is freshly and carefully harvested that day.

Genuine hospitality and service underpin our relationships with not only guests, but also other staff.

The work will be varied – from cooking traditional country style dinners, to cafe style fare, to catering for events and weddings and also helping out off-site on our multi-day horse treks.

We believe in serving food that is ethical, local and environmentally-sustainable. Our food comes from local and organic sources, and our on-site vegetable gardens. The vegetable gardens, and buying local free-range foods, are an expression of our core beliefs about the holistic nature of what River Valley does and how we operate. It is a natural fit for a company that firmly believes in protecting the environment.

This is a seasonal position for Summer 2021.

To apply, please email janey@rivervalley.co.nz with a CV and covering letter.  Applications close Sunday 1st August.

Senior Grade 4/5 River Guide

Currently this position is available

rangitikei river explorer, rafting multi-day

Posted on – 27th June 2021

Senior Grade 4/5 & Multi-Day River Guide

River Valley has a rare opportunity for a Senior Grade 4/5 River Guide (or skilled Grade 4/5 Guide that thinks they have what it takes to become a Senior Guide) to join our Family Team.  As a guide at River Valley, you will not only be guiding guests on some incredible stretches of water and hosting them at the Lodge, but also be a part of a company that advocates for the river, helps control plant and animal pests and has an overall commitment to our environment.

What you need to know about the job:

  • Rivers: You will not only be guiding on the Grade 4/5 section of the Rangitikei, but also guiding our Family Scenic Trips, Inflatable Kayak Trips and Multi Day Expeditions on the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers. There may also be the opportunity to be trained in our own Wooden Dory’s used for the Whanganui River Trips.
  • Conservation: Guides share a roster to check stoat traps upstream and downstream of the lodge
  • Experience: We will be looking for someone with high levels of technical experience, but also someone who is self-motivated and fun.
  • Lodge: Due to the offerings of River Valley, you will also be trained to work with the Lodge Crew.
  • Season: This is a seasonal position for Summer 2021/22
  • Other Qualifications: Class 2 licence would be a bonus, but not essential.

If you are not a senior but think you have what it takes, then please get in touch

Please send Cover Letter and CV to janey@rivervalley.co.nz. 
Applications close Sunday 1st August.

Trainee River Guide

Currently this position is available

Float & Fly Fish

Posted on – 27th June 2021

Trainee & Multi-Day River Guide

Have you got what it takes to be a Grade 5 guide on the Rangitikei River?

Each year we aim take on one trainee. This position is perfect for someone who already has some white-water experience, and preferable their Grade 2 or 3 qualification.  Applicants should have NZ residency as we prefer to train NZ guides.

What you need to know about the job:

  • Rivers: You will not only be training on the Grade 4/5 section of the Rangitikei, but also guiding our Family Scenic Trips, Inflatable Kayak Trips and Multi Day Expeditions on the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers. There may also be the opportunity to be trained in our own Wooden Dory’s used for the Whanganui River Trips
  • Conservation: Guides share a roster to check stoat traps upstream and downstream of the lodge
  • Skills: We will be looking for someone who is up for a challenge on a technical river, but also self-motivated and fun
  • Lodge: Due to the offerings of River Valley, you will also be trained to work with the Lodge Crew
  • Season: This is a seasonal position for Summer 2021/22
  • Other Qualifications: Full Drivers Licence would be a bonus, but not essential.

Email Janey – janey@rivervalley.co.nz, to get the ball rolling.  Applications close Sunday 1st August.

Life at the Lodge

River Valley is isolated in some senses of the word. We are 30 minutes drive from the nearest town, and about 2 hours from the nearest city. If applying for a position with us, please bear in mind that you will not be living close to your present family and friends – you will have to make new ones!

The staff at River Valley are a fun lot and will welcome you into their circle. These are the same people you will most likely live amongst, work with, and play with.

It is not a requirement, but due to our remote location it is highly recommended that you have a driving license and a car.

Staff accommodation is available, either on or off site.

Amongst other great benefits, staff get discounted food and drinks at the lodge and can hop onto any of our trips if space allows.

Great Opportunities To Work
In A Fun Environment

These are great opportunities to work at a progressive adventure Lodge and enjoy the atmosphere and location that makes River Valley unique.

Often what was intended to be a stop over of a couple of weeks, becomes several months!!

River Valley is committed to being a drug and alcohol free workplace.

“When our son, Andy went to New Zealand he spent about half of his year there working at River Valley. Even 5 years later he continues to rave about the place and the people – and therefore it had to be on our route.”

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“Thanks Brian, just a little update but I am now the river manager here on the Rouge. I would probably not be there without my experience at River Valley. Take care and keep doing the good work!
Cheers!”
Alexandre Jette

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666 / +64 6 38 81444

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