All applicants are interviewed as part of our recruitment process. Generally these are face to face, as we really want to meet you in person. A key company value at RAL is “Love the Guest” and meeting us in person gives you the best chance to highlight how you will play a part in this company value. If you are currently in NZ the expectation is for attendance to one of our face to face interview weekends in April or early May. Some departments may offer online interviews depending on the timing and what works for the recruiting manager.

NB: Some roles do not offer Skype interviews and face to face interviews are compulsory.


All successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible after their interview by phone or email. Final offers of employment and employment agreements to sign and return will be emailed. Most positions will have a start date between mid-June and early July.

Ski and Snowboard Instructors

We will endeavour to notify successful applicants based overseas by end of April. This will allow enough time for us to send you an Employment Agreement and for you to organise your work visa before a start date in mid-June – early-July. You must apply for your work visa prior to your arrival in New Zealand and receive your work visa prior to starting work.

Overseas Applicants

Currently New Zealand borders are closed and we’re unsure if this will change before the start of the ski season. For those international applicants in New Zealand you will need to have a valid work visa. In most cases this is may be a working holiday visa. A declaration must be signed stating applicants are eligible to work in New Zealand for the duration of their contract.

For applicants overseas, you may still apply and submit an expression of interest for the role you are interested in. If you do not have a valid working visa for New Zealand we may not be able to support these unless it is one of our highly skilled roles such as Snowsports Instructor, Safety Services (Patrol), or Groomer Drivers.

Note: Australian citizens are legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

Working Holiday Visas

Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service website for further information on visas for New Zealand.

Not previously worked at Mt Ruapehu?

If you have not previously worked for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, your employment is subject to an initial probationary period of 90 calendar days commencing on the first day you start work. All employees will be treated fairly and in good faith.

Drug & Alcohol Testing

At Mt Ruapehu we’ve got each other’s backs – that’s staff and customers. Pre-employment drug testing is mandatory for some roles and all employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

If you have concerns about our policy and process please don’t hesitate to ask for a copy of our Drug & Alcohol Policy – we prefer applicants to be fully informed before apply.

Police Vetting

There are other positions within RAL who are likely to be working with children (e.g. Ski and Ride School and Medical Centre). For these positions, RAL requires that these individuals go through ‘Police Vetting’. You will be sent a declaration form as part of the recruitment process if this applies to you.

For any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us at