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Casual Staff Needed For Remote Wilderness Lodge

Payment: Paid Position ($21.2 plus 8% holiday pay)
Location: Kinloch, Glenorchy
Region: Otago/Queenstown/Wanaka
Experience: Limited Experience Necessary
Listing Added: 04/03/2022

Casual staff wanted for work at a beautiful wilderness location, Kinloch Wilderness Retreat. All positions are live-in positions.

Do you love stunning scenery, being immersed in nature, and having time to enjoy it?

Do you want to live somewhere that amazes everyone who visits?

Have you been vaccinated to government standards?

If the answer to the above is YES, then keep reading...


Kinloch Wilderness Retreat is surrounded by the beech forest alongside Lake Wakatipu and the Dart River. We are a small family business consisting of a lodge with heritage rooms (from 1868!), backpacker rooms, EcoScapes, and a cozy restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. We are constantly working towards lightening our impact on the planet and helping guests enjoy a mindful, relaxing environment. Last year we put in a yurt, nested in the beech forest above the lodge, and are working towards a retreat based environment. 

Type of work:

Most work is cleaning and housekeeping. We may also need help with prep work in the restaurant kitchen, and occasionally service. Sometimes help is needed in our cute cafe/gift shop in Glenorchy, where work includes preparing and serving food and drinks, or housekeeping for our guesthouse. Due to the training required we ask for a minimum of 3 weeks commitment for these positions; if we're having a quiet day you can jump in and help with the work listed below. 

For those looking for shorter stays, there is plenty of outdoor work - tidying up the grounds, splitting logs for firewood, weeding, site maintenance etc. We are happy to work to people's skills and match you to work as best we can.


You must be vaccinated to the government's standards. We operate a mixed use environment and require all visitors to the site to be fully vaccinated to protect each other.

We are looking for enthusiastic people that are not afraid of hard work, are detail oriented, and able to work efficiently and independently. We require all our staff to speak English fluently. 

All casual staff require a WORKING VISA and an IRD NUMBER. We ask for 14hrs work a week to cover your accommodation. There may be more hours for the right people who work at a good pace, to a good standard and independently. If you are a trained masseuse or yoga teacher we have spaces where you can offer these skills and earn yourself some extra money this way.


Accommodation is in the cozy staff house, with great lake and mountain views. You'll have your own room, unlimited high speed wifi, free laundry, a TV room with over 200 DVDs and a fully equipped kitchen. You can also enjoy our kayaks, bicycles, fishing rods (license required), and of course the hot tub with amazing views!  John and Toni are happy to help you arrange groceries from Queenstown if you're unable to go or simply don't want to, or Countdown deliver to Glenorchy.

Check our website to see what a gorgeous area we are in; remote, yet only an hour from Queenstown and 26kms from Glenorchy. We're close to major tracks (Routeburn, Greenstone/Caples, Rees/Dart), many day walks and great outdoor activities.

We’ve built our business from the ground up and our heart is in our business. Therefore we are looking for people who have the right attitudes and good work ethic! Our company values are: Intelligence, Relevance, Thoughtfulness, Community, Environment and Fun. Can you identify yourself with our values? If all of the above sounds like a great way to explore the most stunning part of NZ, please send your CV to the email address listed and tell us why you would love to work with us! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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