Jaz O’Sullivan

Outdoor Development & Volunteer Co-Ordinator 

Guiding Programme, Volunteer/ Girl Recruitment and Support Team

Responsible for: Outdoor events/ Co-ordinating volunteers, Leader questions / communications.

Contact Email: jaz.o’[email protected]

Based: Te Kauwhata, Waikato, NZ

Work type: Full time

 Started GGNZ: October 2023


  • Diploma in Nature based Adventure therapy.
  • Diploma in Journalism/ Mixed media
  • American Outdoor High ropes Course lead
  • Behavior and risk management – Victoria, Australia.
  • Bronze Medallion – Surf Life Saving NZ
  • NZQA level 1, 2 & 3

Work History

After going to boarding school for 5 years in Taranaki, I finished a diploma in mixed media and decided I wanted to work in the outdoors and go travelling. I was a sports coach for Sport Taranaki and an outdoor instructor at Vertical Horizons & The YMCA in Wellington. During the winter in NZ, I went to Camp America for 3 summers where I ran Adventure & Leadership programs for over 500 kids a week which was incredible cultural experience. I moved to Australia shortly after to work as a Group Leader for The Outdoor Education Group.

During lockdown I came home to NZ shores, I Moved to the Waikato as a senior outdoor Instructor and studied with Adventure works for my diploma in Nature-Based adventure therapy.  My journey with Guides began when I started volunteering for my local unit in TK and on the National Board as a young leader rep which I love!  In October 2023 I took on a staff role as the Outdoor & Volunteer Development Coordinator with GGNZ. I love working in an organization that gives girls and women opportunities to enjoy activities & adventures where they can reach their potential and make a difference in the world.

Additional info:

Country town vibes are my way of life. I love being part of our local community where you’ll find me at the squash club, the gym, guides or on some kind of adventure. We also love a good road trip!  Within the Guiding world you’ll find us in our TK unit or on a discovery camp somewhere! If you’re into Outdoor things and have anything I can help with, feel free to get in touch or volunteer for a discovery trip, we would love to have you onboard!

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