Milford Sound Lodge Team

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.

Essential

  • 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

  • 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.

General team members

We’re looking for receptionists, housekeepers and front of house restaurant staff to help guests connect with our incredible environment and provide plenty of our famous ‘kiwi’ hospitality.

Receptionists – First Impressions Team

These team members are responsible for reservations, an information service for guests, activity bookings and sales and nature guiding in the evening.

Housekeepers & restaurant Front of House – Lasting Impressions Team

Responsible for cleaning our premium chalets to a high standard, co-ordinating the morning breakfast buffet service, creating the ‘best coffee in NZ’ using our barista machine (training provided) and serving the evening a la carte dinner service.

Essential skills and experience

  • Have a passion for working with people, exceptional customer service skills and the experience to back it up
  • Be confident on a barista machine, creating high-standard coffees in a fast-paced environment (front of house)
  • Have the skills and experience to host up to 200 guests throughout the day, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, wine, beer, table service, on the bar, back of house (front of house)
  • Have some experience as a sommalier and/or a good understanding of wine service (front of house)
  • Fill driver’s licence, duty manager’s license (willing to organise once position is offered)
  • Remote location living experience
  • Be hands-on, self motivated, team focused, and have an eye for detail
  • Be bright, energetic, motivated and enthusiastic
  • Organised, well-structured, a dynamic thinker, responsible, reliable and professional
  • Think ‘green’, think ‘nature aware’
  • Food control plan aware, health & safety aware

The details

  • Full time position
  • Candidates must be legal to work in NZ (work visa / resident)
  • Hourly rate and heavily subsidised living expenses
  • Accommodated in Milford Sound, on-site at the lodge in a private room with shared facilities
  • 10 days on, 4 days off
  • Interviews essential

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

Head Chef

We are searching for a Head Chef for Pio Pio, our onsite Café, Restaurant and Bar. The right candidate will have previous experience in this position, excellent customer service and strong leadership skills to lead our dedicated team and ensure our reputation of excellent dining and truly ‘hosting’ our guests is upheld. This role requires a unique skill set due to the remote location and lack of facilities available as well as the high demand from guests as a result of being the sole option within a 120km vicinity.

The team is split into Reception, Housekeeping and the Pio Pio Cafe.

The Head Chef position

  • Manage the kitchen and a team of chefs
  • Duties include but aren’t limited to recruitment, rosters, menus, costing, pricing, ordering and deliveries
  • Run breakfast, lunch and dinner service alongside the team
  • Lead, induct, train, guide and motivate front of house and the kitchen team
  • Manage and quality control all areas of Pio Pio
  • Set and meet budgets and sales targets
  • Onsite First Aider

Skills and experience – the right person will

  • Have the passion and skills to create excellent menus and deliver high quality meals in a remote, fast paced and busy environment
  • Have the skills to think and quickly, remote locations can lead to testing situations, forward planning and resourcefulness are essential skills
  • Have exceptional customer service skills and the experience to back it up
  • Have outstanding interpersonal skills, professionally working alongside suppliers, team members and guests
  • Be hands-on, working alongside the team
  • 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

Essential experience

  • 3 years + as a chef
  • 1 year + as a head chef
  • 5 years + working in food & beverage
  • Current First Aid certificate
  • Full drivers license
  • Shared accommodation living experience
  • Remote location living experience

Position details

  • Candidates must be legal to work in New Zealand (work visa / resident)
  • Hourly rate, accommodation, board & food provided
  • Accommodated in Milford Sound, onsite at the lodge in a private ensuite room with shared facilities
  • 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.