How does the idea of living and working in the heart of Fiordland sound to you? Working in a place like Doubtful Sound is not for everyone. Making your way across Lake Manapouri and over the Wilmot Pass is an adventure in itself and this would be your daily, or weekly commute.
Making your way into Doubtful Sound is like stepping into a different world. Very few people get to see this part of our amazing backyard and even fewer get the opportunity to live here! If you're one of the lucky ones that get to call Doubtful home, you will be working either on our day, or overnight vessels.
Our people. Our places. Doubtful Sound, New Zealand.
Whether it be during your lunch break, if you are on the overnight vessel, or after the day cruises are finished, there's plenty to do and see around Deep Cove and the wider reaches of Doubtful Sound.
A few roles in Doubtful Sound:
To be a member of the Overnight Crew you will be someone who isn’t afraid of hard work! You will be a multi-talented, energiser bunny who can do everything from service a room to guide a kayak trip
If you are someone who isn’t afraid of public speaking and has a passion for teaching people about their surroundings from history to the native flora and fauna, then the role of Nature Guide on the day or overnight cruises may be for you
Whether you are into exploring the untouched rain forest or diving down into the depths of the fiord to discover the unique marine environment, there is something for every adventurer in Doubtful Sound.
From Manapouri transport will be provided across the lake and the Wilmot Pass for all those who work in Doubtful Sound.
Is there cell phone reception or internet available in Doubtful Sound?
There is no cell phone reception but limited internet is available for purchase at the Deep Cove Hostel.
When and how can I apply?
If you have an interest in working for Real Journeys, sign up and register your details here.
There, you can select the types of jobs you are interested in, attach an electronic copy of your CV, and you will then automatically be notified of new vacancies as they arise via email. You can then apply for positions online as well.
How long would I have a job for?
Real Journeys summer season starts in August /September each year, we start recruiting for our seasonal positions in June/July.
The season generally runs from August through to April/May each year. Rosters and days of work will depend on what position you apply for.
Paid training will commence for overnight positions in August, with most other positions training will commence in September.
How do I learn what is expected of me on the job?
Your position description will provide you with everything you need to know about your job expectations. We also encourage you to ask us questions during the interview process.
We also have a comprehensive on boarding and induction programme that will prepare you for your remarkable season with Real Journeys. We will provide you with specific training to give you the best possible start with us.
We will offer continued support throughout the entire season.
You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand. You will be required to verify your eligibility to work in New Zealand by providing us with a valid work visa and a copy of your passport.
Real Journeys does not apply for work visas for our seasonal positions.
There are some exceptions, where we do apply for work visas for specialise roles: Stoker/Boiler, Language Guides, etc.
Should I apply for a position if my visa is going to expire half way through the season?
No, we will only consider applications from people that have a valid visa for the entirety of the season.
Can I start the season late?
It is our preference to hire people that are able to attend our pre-season training sessions, however we understand that this is not always possible and there are often time where we may require additional staffing after the season has commenced.
If you are unable to start the season on time, please make this clear in your application when you are applying on line.
Why can’t I see the position I want to apply for?
The 3 main reasons that you may not be able to see the vacancy online are:
The vacancy has closed off and you have missed the closing deadline
In some circumstances we have a high return rate from previous season employees; therefore we do not need to advertise these positions
We have a strong emphasis on developing our internal staff member, so it maybe a possibility that we have recruited the position internally
Everyone that works in New Zealand is required to pay tax. To do this you will need an Inland Revenue Tax number. To apply for your tax number please visit the IRD website and apply for your tax number prior to commencing employment. www.ird.govt.nz
Please note that you will need to be in the country when you apply for your tax number and it can take up to 10 working days.
Will I be provided with a uniform and the right gear to do my job?
Yes all employees that are required to work with the public will be provided with a uniform.
You will be issued with your uniform before your first day of work. When you are issued your uniform you will be required to sign a document acknowledging receipt. We will replace items through wear and tear, but you are liable for replacement of goods.
What will I be paid and how often?
Your pay will be dependent on the position you are in, all our roles are in line with New Zealand Labour legislation. Our pay cycle is fortnightly (every 2 weeks) and funds are available on Wednesday night.
You will need a NZ Bank account; we are unable to pay your wages into a foreign account.
What happens after I have submitted my application?
Within 2 weeks of the vacancy closing we will be in touch to let you know the status of your application.
If I am successful with my application… what next?
If you are offered a position, you will be sent an employment pack, where you will be required to complete and sign:
Bank Account Details form
IRD Tax form (IR 330)
Code of conduct
Kiwi saver forms (if a NZ Resident/citizen)
Do I get a discount on any of Real Journeys Products?
Yes, once you have been inducted into the organisation, you will be issued a Real Rewards staff ID card, which will enable you to book RJ product trips (including Cardrona Alpine Lifts) at discounted rates.
Do I receive any other benefits working at Real Journeys?
Yes, we also provide you with an employee benefits card; this will give you national and local discounts on personal purchases from some top suppliers!
As a Real journeys employee you will also be eligible to join the Kathmandu loyalty programme, which will enable you to receive up to 65% off regular prices all year round!