Employment with Alpine Guides

Positions Available

Summer Mountain Guide

Alpine Guides is inviting applications from IFMGA or climbing guides for full-time seasonal positions for the coming summer.

Employment is from November 2016 to 28 February 2017. Dates are flexible around personal circumstances/bookings.

Work will be varied, including technical ascents of up to NZ grade 3+, and the ability to coordinate and run instruction courses, and supervise junior guides. Accommodation is available at Aoraki Mount Cook for those wishing to live here.

Non-NZ or Australian citizens will need to apply well in advance, as there is a sometimes lengthy Visa application process.

Please send your CV and details to Guiding Director, Dave McKinley: dave@alpineguides.co.nz

Mountain Guiding Work

Each summer season we require one or 2 additional guides to cover work though the busiest period of the New Zealand summer guiding season (typically mid-November to mid-February.

New Zealand is part of the IFMGA. Guides need to be fully or part qualified through the IFMNA/NZMGA, and a current financial member of a guides association.

If you are interested in working with us next year (Nov 2016 to Feb/Mar 2017). Please get in contact and send though your CV.

For non-NZ /Australian residents a work visa is required. This can take several months to process, and is not guaranteed, so we recommend starting this process by August.

For overseas guides we will provide a briefing paper about working conditions and guiding in Mount Cook. 


We do not offer "internships" or work experience. The responsibilities involved do not fit into our safe operating guidelines.