Work With Us

The NZ Film Festival Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that is only possible with the support of passionate volunteers and a small team of dedicated staff. Our head office is located in Wellington and is complemented by an Auckland office. We also have a fabulous team in Christchurch and Dunedin who help make Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival a success in the main centres.

We are currently recruiting the following roles:

  • NZIFF Intern (Wellington)
  • NZIFF Intern (Auckland)
  • Wellington Festival Cashiers
  • Volunteers

NZIFF Interns, Auckland & Wellington

AUCKLAND AND WELLINGTON INTERN ROLES AVAILABLE

There are two exciting intern roles open for applications. Please apply by 5pm Friday 3 September.

TO APPLY / TONO MAI
To apply, please first request the relevant full job description and further application details by emailing .

NZIFF offers two unpaid work-experience placements every year in our Wellington and Auckland offices. This intern programme evolved at NZIFF in response to requests from overseas students who were seeking to shape volunteer experience with us into a formal three-month appointment that would fulfil university course requirements. The European tertiary institutions attended by our first interns recognised NZIFF as an appropriate deliverer of curriculum requirements.

We have since opened the programme to New Zealanders who’d seen the model as an opportunity to obtain valuable, recognised workplace experience and a valuable CV item. The office hours required for course credits overseas have not been applied so stringently to the New Zealand interns and we are able to offer some flexibility around other commitments. The long-term nature of the placement is however integral to providing a close-up overview of how NZIFF is brought together every year. (We regret we do not have the staff resources to train multiple interns into shorter term placements.)

ROLE DESCRIPTION / NGĀ RAUKURA O TE TŪRANGA

An intern can expect to assist with external communications, expanding our outreach programmes to local community organisations, ticketing, event management and venues setup. Interns also assist in tasks including as image resizing, copy proofing and social media, gaining insight into multiple areas of our operation in the process. 

Interns participate in planning meetings and full staff meetings and briefings. All interns receive full staff privileges.

NZIFF staff and contractors provide ongoing support for the interns: the training and supervision of interns is included in their job descriptions. The sharing of skills and experience (and the obligation to be setting a good example) are seen as entirely positive elements in our office culture by all concerned.

Interns carry out nice-to-have services at NZIFF but are not essential to the operation of NZIFF, and are not expected in any way to stand in for or supplant paid staff or contract appointments.

TERM

The Auckland intern position runs from 30 August – 19 November 2021 based in the Auckland office. We offer flexibility for applicants who require time out of regular hours to attend classes or accommodate part-time employment. During the festival dates (28 October – 14 November) there is an expectation that the Auckland intern would be available for selected evenings and at the weekends.

The Wellington intern position runs from 6 September – 26 November 2021 based in the Wellington office. We offer flexibility for applicants who require time out of regular hours to attend classes or accommodate part-time employment. During the festival dates (4-21 November) there is an expectation that the Wellington intern would be available for selected evenings and at the weekends.

GENERAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE / NGĀ PUKENGA

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Intermediate computer literacy including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook and project management, scheduling or CRM software/platforms. Adobe Creative Suite an advantage
  • Good research skills
  • Organised with excellent attention to detail
  • Positive and outgoing attitude
  • An interest in film

TO APPLY / TONO MAI
To apply, please first request the relevant full job description and further application details by emailing .

NZIFF Intern applications both close 5pm, Friday 3 September

Early applications are encouraged, with interviews likely to commence prior to the date of closing.
Applicants for all positions must have NZ residency or must already hold a valid NZ work visa.

Volunteer at NZIFF

We love volunteers!

If you’re passionate about film, event management and/or communication then consider volunteering with Whānau Marama NZIFF. We offer a friendly environment with flexible hours, exciting challenges, plus complimentary film tickets! Over the length of the Festival, we will need an army of volunteers to assist with ushering film screenings at our many cinema venues around town. We’re humbled by the number of dedicated volunteers who return every year and welcome any new faces who want to become part of the team. There is a requirement from Volunteer Ushers to be available prior to NZIFF for 1-2 hours of training, plus a commitment to be available for a minimum of 8 ushering shifts during the Festival period.
See below for opportunities in both Auckland and Wellington.

Volunteering in Auckland

NZIFF will run in Auckland from 28 October to 14 November (with 1 extra week of Encore Screenings) to register your interest APPLY HERE.
Our Auckland Festival Manager will be in touch with applicants by mid-September.

Volunteering in Wellington

NZIFF will run in Wellington from 4 – 21 November, to register your interest APPLY HERE.
Our Wellington Festival Manager will be in touch with applicants by mid-September.

Wellington Festival Cashiers

This role is responsible for ticket sales for the annual New Zealand International Film Festival, celebrating it’s 50th year in Wellington. There are multiple positions available, ideally as full-time positions, however part-time applicants will be considered. Shifts will be available at multiple venues with both day and night shifts available, so flexibility in scheduling is key. 

Festival staff will not only get a behind the scenes look at the largest film event in Aotearoa, but receive complimentary tickets to a number of the films participating in the festival. This is a rare chance for film enthusiasts to see some of the finest works from all over the world. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / NGĀ TAKOHANGA 

  • Setting up/breaking down of ticketing counter. 
  • Ensure efficiency of all booking processes. 
  • Accurately and reliably counting cash holdings and takings. 
  • Acting as a source of information for ticketing, film, and venue queries from film-goers. 
  • Ensure ticketing data provided for the event build is accurate and complete. 
  • Ensure classification requirements are met. 
  • Executing the financial reporting of box office revenue. 
  • Ensuring the prompt and effective resolution of customer complaints, issues or queries, or escalating issue to a manager. 
  • Assisting with the delivery of NZIFF events. 

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE / NGĀ PUKENGA 

  • Experience working in a cinema, theatre, or the hospitality and tourism sector 
  • Experience using a POS 
  • Experience in cash handling and/or reporting 
  • A good understanding of venue ticketing systems 
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent customer service skills 
  • Ability to work under pressure, identify and effectively manage stress in self and others 
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Excellent time management, organisational and multi-tasking skills with high attention to detail 

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT / TE ROA O TE MAHI TAHI
Contracts are available for the period of roughly 14 October – 26 November 2021 based in Wellington. 

TO APPLY Please fill out the Google form linked here, with your info, work experience, and availability. 

 Applications close 5pm, Sunday 3 October. Early applications are encouraged with interviews likely to commence prior to the date of closing. Shortlisted candidates will be notified no later than Monday 4 October. 

 Applicants for this position must have NZ residency or must already hold a valid NZ work visa.