Surf Life Saving NZ is Aotearoa’s leading beach & coastal safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority.

We’re truly unique, delivering proactive surf lifeguarding & essential emergency rescue services, beach & coastal safety, a range of public education beach safety programmes, member education, training & development as well as a highly respected sport. We do this all as a charity.

SLSNZ is the national association that represents 74 surf lifesaving clubs with 18,000+ members, including more than 4,500 volunteer Surf Lifeguards. Our lifeguards patrol more than 80 locations in summer, as well as provide emergency call-out rescue services throughout Aotearoa - saving hundreds of lives each year and ensuring thousands return home safe after a day at the beach.

Even though our Surf Lifeguards save hundreds of people each year and there have been no fatal drownings between the flags, New Zealand’s fatal drowning rate is still too high. We are committed to changing this. Our vision is no-one drowns on our beaches. It’s what drives us.

We have a fantastic team at Surf Life Saving NZ and we take great pride in what we do. If you are keen to make a difference, you can view our current job vacancies (including volunteer roles) below:

SLSNZ Vacancies

Club Development Officer – Gisborne/Tairāwhiti

An exciting opportunity has opened up in the Eastern Region team for a new Club Development Manager. The position will be based out of the SLSNZ Eastern Region’s office in Gisborne and will play a key part in our high performing Eastern Region team. 

This position provides targeted support to five Gisborne/Tairāwhiti Area Clubs (Ngāti Porou, Tolaga Bay, Wainui, Waikanae and Midway) with the aim of enhancing member development, club sustainability whilst growing capability. 


Work collaboratively with the Regional Manager and other Regional Managers (e.g. Lifesaving/Sport/Training/Community Education) across opportunities and projects that will enhance membership development, club sustainability and build capability of clubs and communities.

Through the coordination and management of key areas specifically, club and member development courses such as, Instructor Courses, Patrol Captains, Area Examiner Briefings, First Aid Courses, Intro to Surf Coach, Official Level 1, IRB Development Camps, Intermediate Lifeguard School, the Rookie Lifeguard Programme and Junior and Senior Surf Sports event management. 

If you have any questions regarding this role please forward all enquiries to Avan Polo – Eastern Region Manager at either  or phone 021 773 542.

CLICK HERE for a full Position Description and submit your application via the QJumpers process. 

Please include a CV and cover letter, outlining why you want to work for SLSNZ and any previous experience you may have with surf lifesaving.  

Applications close Monday 24th January 2022


Club Vacancies

Confidential Expression of Interest - Surf Sports Head Coach – Mairangi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club

Full Time Position - Auckland Based

Mairangi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club is calling for Expressions of Interest for the surf sports head coach position.

With a long and successful record as one of the top surf clubs in New Zealand, Mairangi Bay is
looking to take the next steps into the future of the club’s surf sports programme. The role will take on responsibility for the delivery of coaching and programming across surf sports at Mairangi Bay alongside other members of the coaching teams. The head coach will also play a significant part in defining and subsequently delivering the club’s surf sports strategic plan.

If this sounds like you, and you want to hear more please get in contact with Marcus Forbes –
MBSLSC Director of Surf Sports - in the first instance for a
confidential discussion.