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 fabulous personnel in Christchurch and Dunedin who help in making NZIFF a success in the main centres.
Opportunites are posted below as they become available. 

Volunteer at NZIFF

We love volunteers!

If you’re passionate about film, event management and/or communication then consider volunteering with NZIFF. We offer a friendly environment with flexible hours, copious amounts of tea and coffee, plus complimentary movie tickets. Sometimes there's also homemade cake.

Volunteer Ushers - Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

We require an army of volunteers to assist with ushering film screenings at our cinema venues around town. We’re humbled by the number of returning volunteers every year but we do welcome new enquiries.

We require a commitment from Volunteer Ushers to be available prior to NZIFF for one to two hours of training, plus a commitment to be available for a minimum of eight ushering shifts during NZIFF.

Volunteers interested in Ushering for NZIFF Auckland, we've been overwhelmed with applicants and are now operating a waitlist. Please register your interest via our waitlist form, here.

Volunteers interested in Ushering for NZIFF in Wellington, please email Elizabeth Ireland

Volunteers interested in Christchurch and Dunedin, please register your interest via our form, here.

Wellington Cashiers & Senior Ushers

We are currently looking for staff who can commit to 10 or more shifts over the Festival period 26 July – 11 August, and have daytime availability.

Our Cashiers are responsible for in person ticket sales, and Senior Ushers assist our Venue Managers in supervising volunteers, ensuring Q and A tech requirements are met, and seating and clearing the cinemas. Please note that Senior Ushers do not watch films on shift.

If you are interested in applying for one of the roles with NZIFF 2019 in Wellington, please e-mail your CV and a cover letter outlining relevant experience to Elizabeth Ireland, Wellington Festival Manager.


- You must be available for 10 or more shifts throughout NZIFF, some between the hours of 9am – 5pm
- Previous cinema, theatre or ticketing experience is ideal
- Previous customer-facing experience is essential
- Excellent customer service skills & a strong attention to detail

There are currently part time and full time hours available for the duration of NZIFF in Wellington.

Applications close 6:00pm, Friday 28 June.