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 Voluntary Roles

National Search & Rescue Summit Working Group

SLSNZ is calling for lifeguards to send in their expressions of interest to join the National Search & Rescue Summit Working Group (NSAR-WG). The NSAR-WG has vacant positions within the working group and wishes to invite new members to help with the continued development of the Summit. The Summit seeks to enhance the search and rescue capability in SLSNZ by offering our top SAR squad members the opportunity to come together to share ideas and learn from each other.

If you are interested in submitting an expression of interest to join the NSAR-WG, you must send an application to by Wednesday 30 November 2022. Include in your application a relevant list of experiences you have had in search and rescue and club development.

Available Documents:


Surf Life Saving New Zealand invites expressions of interest for two High Performance Programme Lead roles – Open Campaign Lead and Youth Campaign Lead.  This is an exciting opportunity to be a leading influence within the SLSNZ High Performance Programmes for performance success on the international stage.

The Open Campaign Lead has the focus on leading a Black Fins team capable of winning LWC 2024. The Youth Campaign Lead has a focus on leading young athletes with performance potential at youth LWC 2024, and again as open athletes in future Campaigns.  The Open and Youth Campaign Lead roles form part of the wider SLSNZ HP Team working collaboratively toward the SLSNZ HP Vision.

Please include a CV and cover letter when submitting an Expression of Interest.  Full details of the role can be found here. (Open Campaign Lead | Youth Campaign Lead)

Expressions of interest close: COB Monday December 5.  Further enquiries and/or applications should be sent to:

Tanya Hamilton

High Performance Manager
Surf Life Saving New Zealand



SLSNZ Paid Roles

No positions available

Club Roles

Event & Venue Manager - New Brighton SLSC

New Brighton's brand-new clubhouse was designed as a dual-purpose venue, for both lifeguarding duties and as a function venue. They are looking for an Event & Venue Manager to take venue hire to the next level! The role will include:

  • Promoting and increasing hire of the venue for functions,
  • A-Z management of functions, from bookings to post-event,
  • Manage and maintain building maintenance register,
  • Liaising with the Club Chair and report to the Club Committee.

Applicants should have the confidence and ability to help develop systems as the club grows and manage aspects of the venue with a degree of autonomy.

If this sounds like you, and you are looking for a part-time work with flexible hours, please get in touch with the club! Send them a message or phone Liz: 021 264 5922.

Please note:

  • This is a part-time, casual position, with varying hours per week,
  • $25-$30 per hour dependant on experience,
  • You must provide your own devices, such as laptop and mobile phone,
  • Meeting with hirers and event management often occurs outside of usual business hours. Therefore, some evening and weekend work will be required.