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Careers

As at June 2020, 12,831 people are involved in the search and rescue sector in New Zealand.

The NZSAR Secretariat are paid staff who are employees of the Ministry of Transport. Any relevant job listings will be posted here.

Current vacancies

Senior Adviser - NZ Search and Rescue Secretariat

The NZSAR Secretariat Senior Adviser reports to and works with the Secretariat Manager to manage and drive various NZSAR work programmes. This involves forming and managing relationships in the SAR sector and related organisations, and includes providing advice and being a subject matter expert on aspects of search and rescue. The role will require an ability to lead without authority, project manage, and deliver results on time.

Relevant policy, research, planning and management experience is desirable. Experience with public sector processes, working in, or with, the not-for-profit/volunteer sector, project management and relationship management is desirable. The ability to meet deadlines is essential. Operational experience within search and rescue agencies or similar types of organisations (such as Police, FENZ, NZDF) is highly desirable.

For more information and to apply, see the Ministry of Transport careers website.

Applications close Sunday 3 October 2021.

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Senior Adviser - Recreational Safety and Search and Rescue Review (Ministry of Transport)

We are looking for a Senior Adviser ready to take the next step in their career. You will get to play a pivotal role in the Recreational Safety and Search and Rescue Review.

The role will provide you with an exciting opportunity to broaden your systems thinking and policy experience, deliver strategic advice, and build great relationships with a broad range of government agencies, non-government organisations, charities, and the volunteer sector.

For more information and to apply, see the Ministry of Transport careers website.

Applications close Sunday 26 September 2021.

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Principal Advisor - Planning (Rescue Coordination Centre NZ and Safety Services)

The Principal Advisor Planning will be responsible for developing strategy and policy to enable effective prioritisation, decision-making and consistent approach across RCCNZ and Safety Services. This role involves developing and delivering nationally significant search and rescue policy and investment proposals.

We are looking for an experienced and effective thought leader with a proven track record of fostering and maintaining a positive and collaborative work culture and building capability who is excited to contribute to ensuring the success of this critical service to New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours.

For more information and to apply, see the Maritime NZ careers website.

Applications close Friday 24 September 2021.

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Manager (Rescue Coordination Centre NZ and Safety Services)

Due to a recently announced promotion, it's a great time to take up this key leadership role as Manager Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) and Safety Services (primarily) based in Avalon.

The focus of this role is to lead and motivate a dedicated and cohesive team to ensure search and rescue operations in New Zealand's area of interest are efficient and effective including providing and maintaining for New Zealand our emergency distress beacon system, coastal aids -to-navigation and maritime distress and safety communications services.

For more information and to apply, see the Maritime NZ careers website.

Applications close Friday 24 September 2021.

SAR volunteers

Over 95% of the people involved in the search and rescue sector are volunteers. NZ Search and Rescue supports volunteer agencies with governance, strategy and leadership, but does not recruit volunteers for search and rescue operations. Please contact one of the volunteer agencies listed below if you would like to volunteer for search and rescue: 

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