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:


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 and include a CV, cover letter and contact details for two referees.


Each year Adventure Specialties Trust offers internships positions for a lucky few.

Do you want to work with youth in the great outdoors?

Are you passionate about outdoor adventure? 

Have a desire to see young people grow and develop into the best they can be?

Maybe an internship at Adventure Specialties Trust is right for you!
This internship is designed to equip people who are wanting to take their career in the direction of adventure therapy and youth development through outdoor adventure. You will get a National Certificate in Youthwork through Praxis training establishment and lots of practical outdoor training that will head you in the direction of NZOIA and NZQA outdoor leadership awards.

Applications are now closed for our 2021 Internship programme.

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