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:

Lifesaving Sport Manager - Eastern Region

Surf Life Saving New Zealand is looking for a well-organised, enthusiastic team player to lead and manage all aspects of Lifesaving Sport for the Eastern Region. Sport remains a key enabler supporting lifesaving across New Zealand, and the Lifesaving Sport Manager role is key to empowering our volunteers, athletes, coaches and officials in achieving within Lifesaving Sport.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A successful record as a sports event manager with the ability to work under pressure and multi-task, organising multiple events simultaneously.
  • An understanding of surf lifesaving environments, which involve challenging conditions and unique risks.
  • Proven experience in outdoor health and safety.
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills, in particular with volunteer groups.
  • Proven strategic & project planning capabilities.
  • Experience managing budgets and cost centres.
  • The ability to be self-directed and work flexibly at times (some evenings/weekends will be required)
  • A Commitment to the health, safety and welfare of self and others.
  • Qualification in a relevant field (Sport Management, Sport Science, Sport Development).
  • Understanding of event management IT systems.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage all aspects of Lifesaving Sport for the Eastern Region and ensure alignment to SLSNZ and other Regions.
  • Facilitate the successful planning and management of all Eastern Region lifesaving sporting events and programmes.
  • Review, update, implement and monitor the Surf Sport Plans for the Eastern Region and Local Areas and ensure it will continue to achieve KPI’s within the Eastern Region Management Plan.
  • Provide support to all club based events in terms of safety plans, alignment and SLSNZ sanctioning, whilst building capability of the Clubs, Local Area and Region.
  • Promote and implement the current coaching and officials development pathways to build capability within the clubs, Local Areas, Eastern Region and Nationally.
  • Manage all lifesaving sport related budgets and all surf sports related equipment and assets.

For a full position description and to apply click here (please note: you are required to register with QJumpers in order to apply for this position)

Applications close: 18 September, 2020

For more information contact:

SLSNZ Board Youth Intern Position - Volunteer

The primary purpose of the Youth Intern role is to give a young surf life saving club member the chance to participate in, observe and learn about governance at national level. The programme is aimed at allowing the Youth Intern to build their knowledge and experience of governance in a supportive environment by observing and being part of the governance practices of the SLSNZ Board. It should enable the Youth Intern to gain a good understanding of the role of a board, the challenges of running the national surf life saving organisation and develop skills that are transferable to other governance roles inside and outside of surf life saving.

But this is not a passive role sitting on the sidelines, with the Youth Intern expected to fully and actively contribute to the Board achieving its key responsibilities of:

  • Providing strategic direction.
  • Monitoring the progress of SLSNZ towards its strategic priorities.
  • Contributing to a positive and harmonious Board.
  • Overseeing the Chief Executive through Board approved delegations.

The role is unpaid and voluntary, but the travel costs of attending Board meetings from anywhere in the country will be covered.

In terms of the fine print, the Youth Intern is an ‘invited observer’ at Board meetings alongside the CEO and President, so is not legally an official Board Member. As such, while they can contribute to discussions they do not have the right to vote or make decisions. But on the flip side they do not have the legislative accountability of an official Board member.

For a full position description and to apply click here.

The deadline to submit this application is 5.00pm Wednesday 30th September 2020.

All applications for this position must be received at:

Surf Life Saving New Zealand - Attention: Paul Dalton
93 Hutt Park Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt 5010, or
PO Box 39-129 Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045; or
by email to