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If you’re a fun-loving, adventurous, “good sort,” you’ve found your peeps!

We are always looking for other like-minded, outdoor adventure-loving people to join our whānau.

If you are passionate about the outdoors, living life to its fullest and helping other people realise their full potential, we would love to hear from you. Our current vacancies are listed below:

ADVENTURE THERAPY FACILITATOR (AUCKLAND)

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for an Adventure Therapy Facilitator to join our Auckland team starting ASAP.

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About the Trust

Adventure Specialties Trust has over 33 years working with a wide range of client groups in the adventure education and personal development fields. The Trust’s Auckland and Christchurch bases operate throughout the country delivering programmes involving sea and river kayaking, rafting, tramping, alpine trips, caving, rock climbing, high ropes, coasteering and cycling among other things.  Most programmes involve facilitated learning and are tailored to the specific needs of a variety of client groups (such as schools, youth development agencies and community groups).

About the Role

This Adventure Therapy Facilitator role will be predominantly based in Auckland with day trips to the wider Auckland region working mainly with young people in the youth justice, care and protection and Corrections systems. Other programmes will involve some overnight and expedition programmes working with a range of young people, groups and families with differing areas of therapeutic focus.

Adventure Specialties Trust has over 36 years working with a wide range of client groups in the experiential education, personal development and adventure therapy fields. The adventure therapy programmes typically involve sea kayaking, tramping, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking, high ropes, canyoning, surf kayaking and coasteering. Programmes involve facilitated reflection and learning and are tailored to the specific needs of a variety of client groups (such as youth development, social service and mental health agencies). We are looking for applicants who will be compatible with the Trust’s vision, mission and values.

Applicants will have:

  • Qualifications and/or training in outdoor recreation leadership (minimum of NZOIA leader level awards or equivalent qualifications and industry experience).
  • Experience working with youth that face significant challenges in a therapeutic context e.g. youth work, or alongside social workers, counsellors, or therapists.
  • An understanding of youth development and therapeutic principles.
  • Held a drivers licence for a minimum of two years and be eligible for a P Endorsement. Excellent facilitation and communication skills.
  • Initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Good organisational skills and computer literacy.
  • A current first aid certificate (not necessary at time of application).

Over time you will be responsible for:

  • Leading and facilitating all aspects of programmes.
  • Developing programmes and resources specific to clients’ needs.

Adventure Specialties Trust is committed to the on-going training and development of its staff. Successful applicants will be supported towards developing skills in both outdoor leadership and therapeutic roles. This position comes with a generous professional development and annual leave package. The ideal candidate will be willing to make a commitment of three years due to the training and investment involved.

Applications close 8 March 2021

Please note that this is a full-time role, but we may consider part time for the right applicant.

How to apply

If you would like to speak to somebody about this position please contact Brenda Lewis on 027 424 6596 or if you wish to apply, please email office@adventurespecialties.co.nz and include a CV, cover letter and contact details for two referees.

OUTDOOR INSTRUCTOR (AUCKLAND)

About the Role

We are seeking a vibrant and enthusiastic Outdoor Field Instructor to join our Auckland team in a fulltime role to commence as soon as possible. 

 The position involves significant time away from home and the expectation that you may have to instruct out of our Christchurch branch from time to time. 

 Adventure Specialties Trust is committed to the on-going training and development of its staff and provides a Professional Development Package to support this.  The successful applicant will be required to undertake training toward further NZOIA and other relevant qualifications.   

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Outdoor Field Instructor 

 

About the Trust 

Adventure Specialties Trust has over 33 years working with a wide range of client groups in the adventure education and personal development fields. The Trust’s Auckland and Christchurch bases operate throughout the country delivering programmes involving sea and river kayaking, rafting, tramping, alpine trips, caving, rock climbing, high ropes, coasteering and cycling among other things.  Most programmes involve facilitated learning and are tailored to the specific needs of a variety of client groups (such as schools, youth development agencies and community groups). 

 

About the Role 

 We are seeking a vibrant and enthusiastic Outdoor Field Instructor to join our Auckland team in a fulltime role to commence as soon as possible by negotiation. 

 The position involves significant time away from home and the expectation that you may have to instruct out of our Christchurch branch from time to time. 

 Adventure Specialties Trust is committed to the on-going training and development of its staff and provides a Professional Development Package to support this.  The successful applicant will be required to undertake training toward further NZOIA and other relevant qualifications.   

 

Key Skills and Experience 

 To be successful you will have: 

  • At least two NZOIA Leader level qualifications or above and/or industry equivalent qualifications and tertiary training in the Outdoors. 
  • A current first aid certificate. 
  • A current driver’s licence (held for a minimum of two years) and be eligible for a P Endorsement. 
  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills. 
  • Initiative and problem-solving skills. 
  • Good organisational skills and computer literacy. 
  • An understanding of outdoor education and youth work principles. 
  • Ability to live and work in New Zealand. 

 

Furthermore, Adventure Specialties Trust is a faith-based organisation and a successful applicant will need to respect and work within this Christian identity. 

 

To Apply 

 To apply, email your cover letter and CV with contact details for two referees to office@adventurespecialties.co.nz.  

Applications close 30th June 2021. 

Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.   

 To request more information, email office@adventurespecialties.co.nz.  If you would like to speak to somebody about this role contact Jeff Lappin for the Auckland position on (09) 837 6033. 

 

NATIONAL FUNDRAISING ADMINISTRATOR

About the Role

The purpose of this role is to co-ordinate all fundraising and grant activities.

Tasks include:

> Leading fundraising activities and philanthropic grants applications

> Working with senior staff to develop an annual grants calendar

> Researching new and existing funding opportunities

> Applying for existing/recurring grants and funding

> Working alongside the CEO to manage strategic partnerships and build relationships with new and significant funders

> Communicating with staff to understand their funding needs and requirements (e.g. purchasing new gear)

> Gathering quotes for any desired purchases (to be included in the funding applications)

> Forecasting a funding budget (based on previous years figures)

> Managing funding cycles (application opening dates, deadlines, reports, accountability processes, etc.) 

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ABOUT ADVENTURE SPECIALTIES

Adventure Specialties Trust is one of New Zealand’s leading providers of outdoor adventure, education, personal development and adventure therapy programmes.

We are a registered charity and our work is award-winning work and transformational.

With a team of 25 full-time and part-time staff based in Auckland and Christchurch, the Trust operates throughout New Zealand with programmes involving sea and river kayaking, rafting, tramping, alpine trips, caving, rock climbing, and cycling.

But our programmes have a purpose deeper than just outdoor adventure activities. We use facilitated group discussions, one-on-one conversations, group activities, and spending time in nature as tools to create positive change in people’s lives. 

We collaborate with schools, community groups and government organisations to achieve desired outcomes, such as increased physical and emotional wellbeing, increased social skills, increased awareness of inbuilt character strengths, increased participation in outdoor activities, and increased manaakitanga (a Māori concept that encompasses kindness, empathy, respect, generosity and a desire to uplift others).

Find out more about Adventure Specialities Trust at www.adventurespecialties.co.nz  

WHY DO WE NEED TO FUNDRAISE?

Adventure Specialties Trust is a non-profit charity so we need to raise funds for a variety of things: we subsidise the cost of some of our outdoor adventure programmes to allow greater access to the people and organisations that need it the most. We raise funds for the growth of existing outdoor adventure programmes plus the development of new programmes. We also raise funds to help purchase new equipment, supplement staff salary and wages, cover rent payments, staff training, and more.  

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FUNDING ADMINISTRATOR POSITION

The purpose of this role is to co-ordinate all fundraising and grant activities.

Tasks include:

> Leading fundraising activities and philanthropic grants applications

> Working with senior staff to develop an annual grants calendar

> Researching new and existing funding opportunities

> Applying for existing/recurring grants and funding

> Working alongside the CEO to manage strategic partnerships and build relationships with new and significant funders

> Communicating with staff to understand their funding needs and requirements (e.g. purchasing new gear)

> Gathering quotes for any desired purchases (to be included in the funding applications)

> Forecasting a funding budget (based on previous years figures)

> Managing funding cycles (application opening dates, deadlines, reports, accountability processes, etc.) 

HOURS

The role will initially be 10 hours per week. These hours are flexible and can be completed at the days and times that suit your schedule, as long as the 10 hours are completed each week.

LOCATION

Auckland-based applicants are preferred as our head office is based in Henderson, West Auckland.

We also have an office in Woolston, Christchurch, so this location may be considered.

There is a possibility to work from home / work remotely (including outside of Auckland or Christchurch), depending on circumstances and existing levels of fundraising experience.  

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

While fundraising and application experience is preferred, it is not essential, as you will have an opportunity to be mentored and trained in all aspects of the role. 

REQUIREMENTS

Preference will be given to applicants who have:

> Excellent written English with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation

> The ability to creatively write application information with a flair and persuasion

> Excellent spoken English

> Excellent administration skills and time management   

> Great attention to detail   

> A willingness to learn

> A friendly, positive attitude

> The ability to build relationships with people (funders, donors, sponsors, etc.) 

> A willingness to work closely with others and collaborate on tasks

> A willingness to learn about Adventure Specialties Trust, our purpose and mission and programmes (please read the information available on our website)

> A willingness to work within the faith-based values and principles of the Trust  

> Strong computer skills and able to proficiently use MS Excel with formulas

> Experience with WorkFlow Max

MORE INFO

If you have any questions or would like to view the full position description please contact office@adventurespecialties.co.nz  

To apply, please email your cover letter and CV (including 2 references) to office@adventurespecialties.co.nz  

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the above positions please forward a covering letter and CV with contact details for two referees to office@adventurespecialties.co.nz 

Please clearly state which role you are applying for.

If you wish to speak to somebody about this position, please contact the Auckland or Christchurch offices (phone numbers below)

 

Who is Adventure Specialties Trust?

Watch the video below to get a quick glimpse into our outdoor adventure programmes …

For more videos about the amazing outdoor adventure programmes we run, check out our YouTube channel: Adventure Specialties Trust

Growing Great Communities and Creating Everyday Heroes

Contact

Auckland

Physical: 1/4 Winston Place, Henderson, Auckland 0610 

Postal:  PO Box 104183, Lincoln North, Auckland 0610

Phone: 09 837 6033 

Christchurch

Physical:  71 Bamford Street, Woolston, Christchurch 8023

(Previous location: 23 Leeds Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011)

Postal:  71 Bamford Street, Woolston, Christchurch 8023 

Phone: 03 348 4547 

Email

office@adventurespecialties.co.nz