Employment at Milford Sound Lodge

Work in Milford Sound

Working at Milford Sound Lodge offers an opportunity to live and work in one of the most spectacular places on earth.

Looking for a lifestyle and not just a job? Then we have the perfect solution for you, and we’re currently recruiting!

The people who work here make Milford Sound Lodge the enjoyable place that it is. Surrounded by towering peaks and roaring rivers, working in Milford Sound really is something out of the ordinary. We are constantly looking for special people who make that extra effort to ensure our guests receive the best service and advice while staying with us.

If you have a passion for the outdoors and you think you could fit into our team, then check out the general information and positions available below.

General Information

  • Seasonal Work: The main tourist season at Milford Sound Lodge runs from September to the end of May. We operate year round but our staff requirements are reduced between May and October.
  • Live-in with Food: All positions at Milford Sound Lodge are “live-in” with accommodation and a staff kitchen that is completely stocked for self-catering. This is provided by the company on site for a nominal fee.
  • Flexible Hours:Rosters vary depending on the position, but are designed to allow time for employees to enjoy the surrounding wilderness and many activities, or to escape from Milford for a burst of city living.
  • Visa Requirements: We will only accept applications from overseas applicants if they already have a valid transferable work visa.

Currently Recruiting

Chef / Cook

We are looking for a team of chefs for our onsite Pio Pio Cafe that offers a la carte breakfast menu and a la carte evening menu as well as a daily fresh and creative lunch cabinet. The right candidates will work alongside the cafe team leader and head chef to ensure we are giving our guests a dining experience true to New Zealand hospitality. Our whole team work together to ensure we continue to uphold our excellent reputation of truly ‘hosting’ our guests.

Our kitchen team is made up of 4 enthusiastic and hard-working cooks/chefs who deliver a range of fresh, homemade and hearty meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


  • Qualifications and/or experience in a kitchen as a cook/chef
  • Passion for the role
  • Health & Safety aware and compliant & excellent hygiene standards
  • Creative flair and eye for detail
  • Teamwork, communication, planning and discussing – we all influence the way our cafe works
  • Flexible and adaptable in the role


  • Desirable that candidates can legally work in New Zealand (work visa / resident)
  • Hourly rate and heavily subsidised living expenses
  • Accommodated in Milford Sound, onsite at the lodge in a private room with shared facilities
  • 9 days on, 5 days off
  • Interviews onsite / in person desirable
  • Immediate start – seasonal or long-term

Is this you? Get in touch! Send your CV to manager@milfordlodge.com.

Milford Sound Lodge Team Leader

For the successful candidate, being close to nature will be a big contributor to what makes this role so appealing. Hosting up to 200 guests each night Milford Sound Lodge offers a variety of accommodation, guest information and booking services as well as food and beverage through our onsite Pio Pio Café, Bar, Restaurant.

The Role

The Team Leader is responsible for coordinating between team members and management to ensure all duties are carried out efficiently and to the highest standards on a daily basis. Reporting any concerns or problems to the relevant department.

The team leader must be able to carry out all tasks at the lodge including the Pio Pio Cafe and take responsibility for an area as and when required.

Duties may include:

  • Assigning duties and setting up the team for the day
  • Ordering / controlling stock levels
  • Helping team members / areas as required
  • Signing off all rooms for check-in, on time
  • Cleaning the chalets, maintaining the laundry room, general day-to-day housekeeping duties
  • Licensed duty manager
  • Hosting, Waiting, Barista, Barwork as required
  • Working the reception front desk, reservations, sales
  • Managing guest complaints
  • Reactionary problem solving
  • Working within the management to report and present any problems and future improvements

The right person will

  • A multi-tasker, problem-solver
  • Be hands-on, self-motivated, see what needs to be done and do it
  • Be team focused and work alongside the team in day-to-day duties
  • Have outstanding interpersonal skills to motivate a team and the experience to back it up
  • Have an eye for detail
  • Genuinely enjoy motivating and guiding people to get the best out of themselves
  • Be bright, energetic, motivated and enthusiastic
  • Be organised, well-structured, a dynamic thinker, responsible, reliable and professional
  • Think ‘Green’, Think ‘Nature’


  • Team leadership experience
  • Remote living experience
  • Full drivers licence

The details

  • Candidates must be legal to work in New Zealand (work visa / resident)
  • Hourly rate
  • Accommodated in Milford Sound, onsite at the lodge in a private ensuite room
  • 10 days on, 4 days off
  • Interviews onsite / in person essential
  • Permanent, full-time position

Is this you? Get in touch! Send your CV to manager@milfordlodge.com.