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

Member Education Coordinator - Paid Part Time

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

Surf Life Saving New Zealand is currently looking to employ a Member Education Coordinator. This position is based in the national office in Wellington, reporting to the National Education Manager. 

This position is fixed term as it is back-filling the current job holder who is trialling a flexible working arrangement. The purpose of this role is to provide and coordinate support to the education team.

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.  

The closing date for all applications is 6th August 2021, unless a suitable candidate is found earlier - we reserve the right to close this vacancy early. 

Applications can be made via the Q-jumpers website. To apply, please click here.

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

SLSNZ President - Volunteer

The SLSNZ Board delegate has convened the SLSNZ Board Appointments Panel (“BAP”) as required by Rule 18.1 of the SLSNZ Constitution.

The BAP seeks nominations for the position of SLSNZ President as the two year term of the current SLSNZ President, Marilyn Moffatt, will come to an end from the conclusion of the 2021 AGM. Marilyn is eligible to re-stand for another term and has indicated a desire to do so.

The person elected as President at the 2021 AGM will have a two (2) year term.

Any person who wishes to nominate a nominee for the position of SLSNZ President should complete the nomination form found below and return it to the SLSNZ Chief Executive ( by no later than Wednesday 18 August 2021 (Rule 22.5, SLSNZ Constitution).

Please refer to the SLSNZ Constitution for further details about the process of election of the President.

Available Documents:

SLSNZ Board Member - Volunteer

The SLSNZ Board delegate has convened the SLSNZ Board Appointments Panel (“BAP”) as required by Rule 18.1 of the SLSNZ Constitution. The 2021 BAP is comprised as follows:

TBC – from Northern Region.
Paul Treanor – from Eastern Region.
Michael Bassett-Foss – from Central Region.
Mike Litten– from Southern Region.
Paul Carlyon – SLSNZ Board representative (Convenor).
Terry Kilmister – a nominee from Boardworks International.

The Board Members who are due to vacate office by rotation at the 2021 AGM are:
Mark Robberds (Elected).
Vanessa Winning (Appointed).

Under Rule 15.5 of the SLSNZ Constitution, the above Board Members are eligible to apply for re-appointment or re-election in accordance with the Constitution, and both have indicated they will be re-standing.

There is also a vacancy for an Independent Appointed Board member following the resignation of Richard Briggs in late 2020 that the BAP was unable to fill at the time. The appointee here will complete the remaining period of this term, through until the 2023 AGM.

This means there are three (3) positions on the SLSNZ Board up for election/appointment at the 2021 SLSNZ AGM to be held at 4.00pm on Saturday 18th September 2021. These are:
One (1) Elected Board Member position for a three (3) year term.
One (1) Appointed Board Member position for a three (3) year term.
One (1) Independent Appointed Board Member position for a two (2) year term, completing the three (3) year term left vacant due to a resignation.

Any person who wishes to apply for a position on the SLSNZ Board should complete the Board Member Application Form found below and return it to the SLSNZ Chief Executive ( by no later than Monday, 19th July 2021. (Rule 19.2, SLSNZ Constitution).

Applicants should be aware that if shortlisted they must be available to attend a face-to-face interview with the Board Appointments Panel on Saturday 7th August 2021 and should keep this date free.

Please refer to the SLSNZ Constitution for further details about the process of appointment and election of Board Members.

Available Documents:

Club Vacancies

Club Administrator - Omanu Beach Surf Life Saving Club - Paid

Omanu Beach Surf Life Saving Club is seeking a part time Club Administrator.

Omanu Surf Club is located on the picturesque white sands of Omanu Beach in Mount Maunganui. We have a growing membership with a strong family focus and community vibe. 

The role is a self managed position operating in a unique environment with few paid staff and numerous volunteers. This role will appeal to somebody that loves the ocean and beach environment, enjoys interaction with others and has a happy bubbly nature.

This person will be responsible for the smooth running of the club, taking care of the day to day operations, including administration, financial management and providing professional support to the Board. The position requires a basic knowledge in book keeping, experience with payroll and office work. Familiarity with Xero and MS Office would be helpful. The role requires a highly organised, reliable, trustworthy, efficient and self-motivated person. The successful applicant will operate in a professional manner and have the surf clubs best interest at heart.

The hours will range from 15-20 hours/week between Monday and Friday with a little extra flexibility required from time to time.

Applications Close 23 July 2021.

Applications can be made via the Q-jumpers website. To apply, please click here

Head Sports Coach - Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club 

Red Beach SLSC invites confidential expressions of interest for this full-time Position, Auckland based role.

After 7 great years the Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club Head Coach is moving back home to Gisborne at the end of the coming season (April 2022), which opens the door for a new era and opportunity for an experienced Head Coach to be welcomed into the Club.

Founded in 1953 and located on Auckland’s Hibiscus Coast, the Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club has grown remarkably over the years to become one of the premier surf clubs in New Zealand.

The club has over 1,300 members which include patrolling lifeguards, 450 Junior members aged 4-13 years, Senior Athletes U15 - Open, Masters and Associates and has grown to be one of the largest competing lifesaving clubs in sport within New Zealand.

If you think this sounds like you, then please apply for consideration with a short introduction about yourself to and the team will come back to you with more detail about the role. 

Preference will be given to those with applicable experience in the sport of Surf Lifesaving.