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

National Honours & Awards Committee - Eastern Region Representative

The National Honours and Awards Committee comprises of the Chairman of the Board of SLSNZ and four members (one from each Region) who shall be appointed by the Board, from nominations made by the respective Club Chairs Committee in each Region.

The term of office is for two years - beginning on January 1st (after being appointed at the December Board Meeting) ending on December 31st of the second year after their appointment.  A member may be re-appointed for subsequent and consecutive terms of office. The Chairman of the Board of SLSNZ will remain on the committee for the duration of their term as Chairman of the Board of SLSNZ.  The Honours and Awards Committee shall determine a schedule of rotation so that there is a rotation of two Regional members annually.

Due to that rotation, the member of the Committee representing the Eastern Region (Sheryl McLay) has her current term of office come to an end on 31st December 2021.  Sheryl is eligible for re-appointment and has advised she is available.

As is protocol, SLSNZ is now calling for expressions of interest for the role.  Applications will close with the SLSNZ CEO on 5th November 2021 and following this the Eastern Region Club Chairs Committee will be asked to select their preferred nominee, and this recommendation will then go to the SLSNZ Board to make the decision at their December meeting.

The SLSNZ Board will be taking account of the following factors for any nominees:

  • their knowledge of Surf Life Saving;
  • their extensive networks within the SLSNZ membership;
  • their years of experience at a local and national level;
  • their capability;
  • their integrity and reputation;
  • their independence; and
  • the overall diversity on the committee.

As such, the SLSNZ Board is now calling for Eastern Region applications for the 2022 National Honours & Awards Committee.  Anyone wishing to apply should send in their application to:

Paul Dalton, CEO Surf Life Saving New Zealand, PO Box 39-129 Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045 or by email to by Friday 5th November 2021. Please make sure they don’t send any applications direct to the Regional office.

Any applicants should include in their application a CV covering the following points:

  • Your knowledge of Surf Life Saving;
  • Your networks within the SLSNZ membership;
  • Your years of experience at a local and national level;
  • Your capability;
  • Your integrity and reputation;
  • Your independence; and
  • Confirmation of the Region that you would like to be a representative for (i.e Eastern).

There is no template application form required to be filled in – applicants can submit their information in whatever format they wish.

After 5th November any applications received by SLSNZ will be circulated to Eastern Region Club Chairs.

Member Education Coordinator - National (Paid Position)

(Fixed term part-time position – 20 hours per week)

Surf Life Saving New Zealand is currently looking to employ a Member Education Coordinator. While ideally based out of Wellington, applicants will be considered from other regions with a SLSNZ office. This position reports to the National Education Manager. 

The Member Education Coordinator will assist with course coordination, planning and logistics for nationally run courses, as well as provide advice and technical support to clubs around database, website, awards and courses.

Effective communication skills both written and oral and a commitment to a high standard of customer service are essential for this role.

Surf Life Saving knowledge and experience along with broad experience dealing with clubs would be an advantage, though not compulsory.  

This position is fixed term until 31st May 2022. Applications are to be made via the Q-Jumpers website. To apply please click here.

The closing date for all applications is 5:00pm 27th October 2021

For more information about this position please contact Brad O’Leary, National Education Manager, at:


We are looking for a capable, organised person to join the SLSNZ HP Support Team to provide logistics and operations support for the High Performance Programmes. The Operations Team work closely with the HP Coaching Team to ensure all aspects of logistics and operations for NZ Teams competing at international lifesaving events, as well as preparation and delivery of HP activities such as technical workshops and squad camps. 

The successful applicant will understand the nuances of working in a high performance environment with athletes and coaches, at times under pressure and where performance matters.  We are specifically seeking someone who can support and chaperone female athletes during HP events and activities.

  • Applications close 5pm Monday 18 October 2021.
  • Interviews scheduled for Friday 22 October 2021.
  • Click here for the Position Description

For more information, please contact Tanya Hamilton,  High Performance Manager,,  Mob: 027 947 2612

PAID LIFEGUARD POSITIONS – Eastern, Central, and Southern Regions

Applications for the 2021-2022 season have closed, if you are interested in putting a late application in please contact your Regional Lifesaving Manager by email, there may be limited position still available, contact details as follows:

BEACH EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS – Eastern, Central, and Southern Regions

Applications for the 2021-2022 season have closed, if you are interested in putting a late application in please contact your Regional Community Education Coordinator by email, there may be limited position still available, contact details as follows:

Club Vacancies

Lifeguard Administrator - Part-time Role - Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service (Paid)

The Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service is looking for an enthusiastic, organised clubbie to help support our volunteer lifeguards. This is a part-time, fixed term role starting as soon as possible and carrying on until the end of the April. We envisage 20hrs/week but this will be flexible through the season.

Our volunteers are our lifeblood and we want to take some of the pressure off them, so they can concentrate on preventing loss of life on our beaches and beyond. If you’re our new lifeguard support guru, your key roles will be taking over some of the administrative duties, like helping form patrolling rosters, keeping the lifeguard database up-to-date and staying in touch with all our lifeguards to make sure they’re in the right space. You’ll help organise courses, assist with organising lifeguard development and keep the patrols equipped and fuelled. You’ll help with organising inductions and refreshers, with the odd social function as well, and liaise with our fellow clubbies up and down the coast to help build those burgeoning relationships.

There will be some reports to write and stats to collate but all this will be done in conjunction with our lifeguard committee. You’ll be the glue helping bind all our incredible volunteers. If this sounds like the perfect extended-summer job, the ideal lifestyle role to fit around other season activities or just a direction you’d love to head down, we’d love to hear from you!

Email for a more detailed look at the key roles or to express your interest. Do it quick – once we find the right person, we’d like to get them on board as soon as possible!