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Work For Us

Keen for an exciting, diverse role in the adventure tourism industry?

Join our team!

If you’re keen to join the team we’d love to hear from you!  Franz Josef Wilderness Tours is a diverse team made up of hard working, fun-loving (sometimes goofy) individuals that cover a diverse range of roles and opportunities!  We employ: kayak guides, quad bike guides, reservations, qualified skippers, mechanics and team leaders.

Why work for us?

We’re a family run operation, that started out as a small kayak tour business, expanding into boat tours, fishing and off-road quad bike and buggy tours.  Our success is built on the hard work, dedication, and energy of our tight-knit team.  We share a common passion for the breath-taking landscapes of South Westland and a commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to our guests.

As a year around operation we maintain our key roles year-round.  Springtime annually we employ seasonal employees to help us through our peak season which finishes in approximately at the end of April.  Read on to learn more about the types of roles that make-up our team and view our current vacancies.


  • Work-do’s: We’ve got a fun reputation here in Franz Josef, and our company has various work do’s throughout the year. Events such as bonfires, dinners, boat trips, quad bike rides – or our last one was a dress-up curling night at a community fundraiser!
  • Look after each-other: We’ve got a dedicated team member that looks after after our social events, and is in charge of keeping in touch with team members mental and physical well being throughout the season.
  • Stand-up Paddleboards: Our SUP’s are used for tours in the summer, but they are equally important to us as tools for our staff to utilise during the season to get out and enjoy the lake on their own time. The team are often using the boards on days off, or after work to enjoy the our beautiful Lake. 
  • Upskilling opportunities: We upskill many of our full-time employees, past examples are (but not limited to) SRL Skippers tickets, NZOIA Kayak Leader or Sea Kayak 1 and PHEC First Aid tickets or Human Resource courses.
  • Staff Accommodation: YES – we have staff housing available.
  • Competitive pay rates: We believe in paying our team well for what they do and our pay rates are competitive within the industry.

Positions we offer:

Have you got what it takes to join our team?  Our team consists of diverse variety of roles, but we’re all like minded in our commitment to teamwork and not being afraid to get out there in all West Coast weather…

Here’s the positions that make up our team:

  • Front Desk
  • Kayak Tours Guides
  • Quad Bike Tour Guides
  • Skipper (must hold an SRL ticket)
  • Mechanic
  • Operations – (Hiring Now: VIew Job Ad)

Check our current vacancies below, and if you think you’ve got what it takes please apply online using the form below.


  • Operations Manager – Hiring Now!
  • Kayak Tour Guides (Positions available from October 2024)
  • Quad Bike Tour Guides (Positions available from October 2024)
  • Front Desk (1 position available from November)


Please attach your Cover Letter and CV using the form below.