We employ a range of staff with a variety of outdoor and environmental education skills. If you are interested in employment, you will need a current first aid certificate, a full driver’s licence with passenger endorsement (Class 2 preferred), relevant industry qualifications and experience.  We prefer New Zealand Outdoor Instructor and Rafting Association qualifications.  Please forward a covering letter and CV to info@peelforestoutdoors.org.nz


CENTRE MANAGER – We are looking for someone to Lead our team!!


The Centre Manager leads and overall manages the big picture at PFOC. As a small centre the role of the Centre Manager is diverse and includes the following:

  • Financial Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Marketing/Funding
  • Staff Management/Reporting to the Board
  • Vision Planning and Implementation
  • Field Instruction

With our main operational season begin October-April, the centre manager role changes throughout the year – with the quieter part of the year allowing for big picture vision planning and marketing.

We are looking for someone to come onboard for the upcoming season – start dates are negotiable.

Initially this centre manager role will be approximately 0.6 (24 hours) as a Centre Manager, and 0.4 Instruction – this will change week to week. We anticipate that this ratio will change as the centre continues to grow and there will be more management and less instruction.


We are looking for someone who is passionate about the outdoors, environment and inspiring youth. The ideal applicant will have a solid background in a variety of outdoor activities as well as experience in a management role. They will be required to manage and lead our small team and work alongside the Board of Trustees to grow and develop our operation.

Ideally the successful applicant will have:

  • Experience with Health and Safety management including AAR audit regulation requirements
  • Good stragetic planning, marketing, and sponsorship abilities
  • Strong Leadership and staff management skills
  • Background in multiple outdoor activities – NZOIA and/or NZRA qualifications would be an advantage
  • Good financial forecasting skills
  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills
  • Good organisational skills and computer literacy
  • A drivers license for at least two years and be eligible for a P endorsement. Class 2 licence would be an advantage
  • A current first aid certificate (PHEC would be an advantage)

Please contact: Julie Grant on julie@peelforestoutdoors.org.nz, if:
– you would like to discuss this position further
– or are keen to submit a application (with a CV and references) 

Applications close 5pm on Friday 28th August 2020

Centre Managers Job Description

Reports to:                 Board of Trustees

The Centre Manager leads and overall manages the big picture at PFOC. This includes aiming to ensure the financial stability through the development of an approved business model while continuing to provide high quality outdoor and environmental education to clients in a safe and professional manner. They also have ultimate accountability for health and safety and are responsible for developing and implementing the SMS and ensuring that it plays an integral part in day-to-day operations.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Provide reports to Trustees on all aspects of staffing, operations, development and other matters relevant to PFOC
  2. Attend Board of Trustee meetings and Chair meetings with Senior Management Team
  3. Development and oversees implementation of the Strategic Plan and Business Plan in conjunction with other Management and Board of Trustees
  4. To undertake Vision Planning in the following areas:
    • Activities
    • Accommodation
    • Land management
  5. Providing leadership, especially in relation to centre direction and health and safety matters.
  6. To promote and market PFOC to existing and potential clients by developing and by implementing a marketing strategy and maximising positive publicity
  7. To maintain positive public relations with clients and supporters
  8. The recruitment and selection of management staff
  9. Ensuring that any complaints or concerns are dealt with according to our process.
  10. Maintain oversight of all payments, budgets and cash-flow in conjunction with the Office Manager
  11. To ensure that buildings, vehicles and other strategic assets are well maintained and fit for purpose
  12. Approval of capital equipment and outdoor equipment purchases, liaising with Management and the Board of Trustees as necessary
  13. Ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities, the HSW (Adventure Activities) Regulations and other relevant legislation, including annually reviews.
  14. Setting and achieving specific health and safety goals and objectives to ensure continual improvement. These will take into account: hazards and risks, technology and usage options, financial, operational and business requirements, and the views of staff, clients and other affected parties.
  15. Involving staff and the board in the development, implementation and review of health and safety goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  16. Expecting all staff to share the responsibility for meeting health and safety requirements and maintaining ongoing accountability.
  17. Maintaining up-to-date information on changes to health and safety legislation, regulations, codes of practice and standards
  18. Annually review the PFOC SMS system, scheduled Activity Management Plans, and Instructor Handbook.
  19. Developing staff commitment to achieving excellent health and safety standards.
  20. Ensuring that staffs have an understanding of health and safety management relative to their position(s).
  21. Ensuring that hazard management processes identify significant hazards and result in appropriate controls.
  22. Ensuring that all incidents are accurately recorded, reported and properly investigated.
  23. Ensuring that systems are in place and in order, and all staff can respond to potential emergency situations.
  24. Ensuring that the importance of effective safety management and conformance to the safety management system is communicated to staff, participants, contractors and relevant other parties.