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Applications open for 2019 WGNZ volunteers

Matchmaking. That’s what we strive for when you volunteer with Winter Games NZ. To find a role that is a great fit for you and us. Something that interests, inspires, connects, or facilitates you to be you. Volunteers are the face, heart and soul of the Games and we couldn’t, and wouldn’t want to, do it without you.

The Winter Games NZ is an annual elite international winter sports event, attracting the world’s best athletes. This will be the seventh edition of the Games, taking place from 23rd August to 7th September 2019 in the Central Otago towns of Naseby, Queenstown and Wanaka.

Ready? Fill in an application here

Like some more info? Keep on reading…

When? 23 Aug- 7 Sept 2019.

Where? Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, The Snow Farm & Naseby

What kind of roles? gate judges, course slippers, bib collectors, start & finish area marshals, hospitality runners, survey assistants, timing teams

Ski/ board ability required?  If you are a non-skier/ boarder then the Snow Farm is the place for you. Coronet Peak is ideal for strong intermediate / advanced skiers (think icy steep race pistes). Cardrona is suitable for all ski/ board levels

What do we give you?

All volunteers will receive

  • Mons Royale gift on their first shift on mountain.
  • Lunch, snacks, hot drinks and treats each day you’re helping
  • Lift pass, if your role requires it
  • Return transport from Wanaka to Cardrona and Wanaka to Snow Farm.
  • For Coronet Peak we will help you find a ride to carpool with others from Queenstown/ Frankton.

Please ensure you have your accomodation & own ski/ board gear as unfortunately, we don’t have any connections.

More info & briefings? We are holding a volunteer info and Health and Safety briefing in Wanaka and Queenstown so you can get signed off on Heath & Safety for the mountain you are helping on.

Wanaka Monday 19 August, 6-7.30pm. Gin & Raspberry Bar, Wanaka
Queenstown Tuesday 20 August, 6-7.30pm. QRC, Queenstown

This is also a good opportunity for you to meet other volunteers helping in the same locations and to meet the on-hill venue managers, department heads and volunteer managers.

How do I sign up? For more information on the roles over the Games and to register online on our volunteer management system, please click here and select ‘Fill in an application’ on the top right. We suggest using your email address as the username to keep it simple.
If you know the role you want, please make sure you write it in your online profile and I will pre allocate it to you or you can select it yourself when you have completed the application form.

Winter Games NZ Volunteer Agreement

Winter Games NZ will strive to:

– Treat all volunteers equally and with respect
– Provide a clear role description and contact person
– Provide necessary induction or training to enable you to fulfil your role
– Provide a safe working environment
– Acknowledge and provide recognition to all volunteers
– Enable you to withdraw or say no without guilt

What do we ask from you?
– Are reliable and advise us of any change of availability
– Seek support if you’re feeling out of your depth or struggling with the commitment required
– Strive to maintain and enhance the events reputation within the community
– Respect the operational guidelines of the event organisers
– Participate in any induction or training required for your role
– Report hazards, incidents, accidents or any safety concerns you have to your Manager or the Volunteer Manager
– Respect the operational guidelines of the event organisers
– Participate in any induction or training required for your role

Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in being part of the crew, we really appreciate your support. Check out our FAQ at top of page for other bits of info.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or would like some help with the new system, jo@wintergamesnz.kiwi
Many thanks

Jo Guest
Volunteers Manager, WGNZ 2019

Below we try to answer some on the most commonly asked questions regarding the Winter Games NZ volunteering experience.

Do you provide transport to get us up to the mountain and back home?
Wanaka based volunteers- we provide free transport for all on-mountain roles at Cardrona and Snow Farm. There will be one bus up in the early morning and one down in the afternoon after the competition has ended. If you want to stay on the hill, until the end of the day, you will need to make your own way down.
We no longer have buses driving over the Crown Range due to weather and road conditions and the length of time the trip takes. The following transport routes are available for on-mountain roles:
Wanaka to Cardrona, return
Wanaka to Snow Farm, return

Queenstown based volunteers- we will endeavour to connect you with others to assist you in getting up to Coronet Peak. You are, of course, welcome to drive yourself, but we cannot subsidise your fuel costs, sorry.

Do you provide any accommodation for volunteers?
Unfortunately, we don’t have any accommodation but we are happy to help connect you with local volunteers who are often very happy to rent/ donate space in their home to help out fellow volunteers.
Wanaka Accommodation – Tourist Information
Queenstown/ Frankton/ Arrowtown Accomodation Tourist Information

Do we get free passes for skiing on the mountains?
If you are working a role that is on the mountain and requires you access your position by snow, we will give you a complimentary lift pass for the day. You will often get a couple of hours at the end of the day to ski but please understand that the competition may run longer if there is an injury or weather delay.

Is there an info briefing in town before the event?
Yes, we are holding a volunteer info and Health and Safety briefing in Wanaka and Queenstown where you can come and listen to what is involved, meet the crew and ask questions and get signed off on Heath & Safety for the mountain you are helping on.

Wanaka Monday 19 August, 6-7.30pm. Gin & Raspberry Bar, Wanaka
Queenstown Tuesday 20 August, 6-7.30pm. QRC, Queenstown

What do we get in exchange for volunteering?
We will provide you with lunch on the days you work during the event, transport assistance, a volunteer gift, lots of new friends and the opportunity to support hundreds of world class athletes in striving for the top. You will be given specific information and training if required, and all volunteers will be well briefed by one of the crew.

What if I can’t ski or snowboard?
There are a variety of volunteer roles up at The Snow Farm and Naseby that are suitable for non-skiers/ non-boarders

I don’t have my own gear, do you have any deals for rental ski/ snowboard gear?
Currently, we don’t have any deals going with the mountains or shop but we will update you if this changes.

I’m having difficulty with the online system, can you help me to register, please?
Yes of course, just email me on volunteers@wintergamesnz.kiwi and I will help you with the sign-up process.

I’m on a Tourist Visa or Working Holiday Visa, can I volunteer with you?
Yes, we would love your help and legally you are allowed to volunteer as we are not paying you.

Are there any paid jobs available?
No, sorry, we have filled all of the paid positions for 2019

Is there an age restriction?
16 is usually the minimum but we are keen to see as many people involved as possible so please do get in contact and we will see what we can do.

How long will I be needed each day?
Most of the roles up on the mountain associated with the competitions will require you to be on there from about 7am-2pm. You’ll then have the option to take the bus free bus home or make your own way.

Do I need any training?
No, we give a full briefing prior to the event plus everyone receives a detailed job description. However, if you do already have specific training or skills do let us know as we can put you into a role that uses your skills.

Why would I want to volunteer with you?
Being a volunteer at the Winter Games NZ is not only rewarding but also provides an opportunity to utilise your skills, learn new ones, meet new people and be a part of a world-class event.

Where can I get a copy of the Volunteer Manual?
You’ll be emailed one before the Games begins

Sounds great, how do I sign up?
Awesome! Click here to fill in an online registration form and it will take you through the process.