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

Are you an talented communicator and fundraiser looking for an awesome cause to get excited about? This is a highly rewarding and varied position requiring a range of skills and responsibilities including; leading the fundraising grants application process, building donor relationships, writing compelling copy and curating engaging multi-media content from the team in the field. As this is a newly created role, you can make your mark by setting and achieving targets and by utilising your expertise to establish and streamline systems and processes.    

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Adventure Specialties Trust (AST) is New Zealand’s leading outdoor education and adventure therapy programme provider. Our work is award-winning work and transformational. With a team of more than 25 full time staff operating nationally from two centres, we use outdoor adventure and the power of New Zealand’s wilderness to help bring about positive change in individual’s lives and to and grow great communities. AST is a faith-based, not-for-profit organisation. Christian values guide how we work alongside others. We are community oriented and committed to values of manaakitanga and mutual respect. We collaborate with community partners to achieve shared outcomes.


Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for driving effective and coordinated donor relations and grants activities for AST, as well as overseeing all key supporter and stakeholder communications. Key accountabilities include; leading fundraising processes and philanthropic grants applications, working with senior staff to develop an annual grants calendar, supporting the CEO to manage strategic partnerships and build relationships with new and significant donors, overseeing all outward-facing communications, developing and implementing a multi-media content calendar, monitoring and improving digital performance.


  • You will need to be highly organised, confident and proactive. You will enjoy using your initiative as well as your critical thinking, problem solving, persuasive writing and digital skills.
  • You will have proven experience in managing donors, grants or fundraising, or a similar role. The ability to manage your own time, prioritise workload and work to deadlines is essential.  
  • You will have excellent proof-reading and editing skills, sharp attention to detail, familiarity with key social media platforms and an ability to develop relationships and foster supporter engagement.  
  • You will be inspired by AST’s work and enjoy contributing to this hugely positive, community-building cause.
  • Willing to work within the special character and values of Adventure Specialties Trust.
  • This is a permanent part time position, 32 hours per week, with flexible working arrangements available.

Extra benefits for you:  

  • Join a friendly and supportive team.
  • Receive a comprehensive handover from the fundraising incumbent.
  • Benefit from a strong organisational culture of staff care and professional development including the provision of a supervisor, allowance and other resources supporting your ongoing personal and professional development.
  • Experience outdoor excursions including an annual staff retreat.
  • Enjoy a workplace with free vehicle parking and linked to a major cycleway .

Applications close 11 December 2020. 

Emails will be electronically acknowledged, however further correspondence may not be given unless you are short listed. If you would like to speak to somebody about this role, contact Jared Partridge on (09) 837 6033.


About the Role

We are seeking a vibrant and enthusiastic Outdoor Field Instructor to join our Auckland team in a fulltime role to commence on the 25th of January 2020 at our staff retreat in Christchurch (we will arrange flights beforehand).

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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

We are seeking a vibrant and enthusiastic Outdoor Field Instructor to join our Auckland team in a fulltime role to commence on the 25th of January 2020 at our staff retreat in Christchurch (we will arrange flights beforehand).

 The position involves significant time away from home and the expectation that you may have to instruct out of our other 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.
  • Held a driver’s 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.
  • 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 close Friday 11th December 2020.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email. 

 To request a Job Description, email  If you would like to speak to somebody about this role contact Jeff Lappin for the Auckland position on (09) 837 6033.



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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Auckland (head office)

Physical: 1/4 Winston Place, Henderson, Waitakere City 

Postal:  PO Box 45152, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland 0651

Phone: 09 837 6033 


Physical: 23 Leeds Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011

Postal:  PO Box 7354, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240 

Phone: 03 348 4547