Sector Vacancies & Opportunities

If your organisation wishes to advertise positions direct to Recreation Aotearoa members and beyond, click here to list a position.

12 August 2022

The Southern Committee of Recreation Aotearoa is offering a scholarship for an emerging recreation leader/go-getter to attend the Generate NZ National Conference in Auckland CBD, 8-9 September 2022.

14 August 2022

Waihōpai Invercargill is New Zealand's southernmost city and the heart and hub of Southland. We're known for our lush green spaces like Queens Park, our long summer daylight hours and our local legend Burt Munro. Our city has character, charm and a laidback atmosphere. There's outstanding nature reserves, Ōreti Beach, the Waihōpai River, a lively restaurant scene and a sensible gridded layout with wide streets and a 10-minute drive to work.

We are in a chapter of immense growth, building a vibrant city centre and reinvigorating our culture and spaces, and this is an exciting time to join a Council that is focused on the future of our people and our city.

We are looking for a visionary leader to join our Parks and Recreation team as the Open Spaces and Recreation Strategic Advisor on a permanent full-time basis.

15 August 2022

 Our city is one of a kind. Upper Hutt is recognised as a great place for families and for people who enjoy the best of the outdoors. The team at Upper Hutt City Council work together to enhance the quality of life in Upper Hutt by providing leadership, support and services to our community.

The Team Leader - Customer Services and Engagement is responsible for managing, mentoring and developing a high performing team of Customer Service staff to ensure that all customers both internal and external receive a positive customer experience from Recreation Services.

We are looking for a leader with experience in customer service, communication, and public relations. You will be responsible for the setting up and leading the development of a customer centric culture at H2O Xtream and through all public relations, communications, and responses.

17 August 2022

In this full-time position you'll enjoy a varied role ensuring our customers are safe in the pools and the aquatic area is maintained to a high standard. With a team of dedicated lifeguards and pool staff we offer a professional and fun environment that surpasses many other organisations.

Our Senior Lifeguards have a varied role supporting the Aquatics and Stadium Manager with day-to-day operations of the Aquatics team whilst motivating and supporting the Lifeguards on duty ensuring service level standards are met.

17 August 2022


Recreation Aotearoa is the voice of Recreation in Aotearoa, representing all professionals in the industry. They empower their members to deliver the quality Recreation experiences, places and facilities, that fuel a more active, healthy, and connected Aotearoa.

They manage several quality assurance programmes for the recreation industry in order to uphold consistent professional standards for recreation workers, and in turn, improve participants' experiences. As Programmes Coordinator, you will have a key role in providing the technical administrative support for the delivery of these quality assurance programmes for the industry.

This is your chance to be part of the ‘go-to’ organisation for professionals involved in parks, play, aquatics and outdoor recreation throughout New Zealand and to make an important contribution through the provision of high quality, efficient and effective administrative support.

17 August 2022

Be paid for your passion 

As a Gym Instructor at the EA Networks Centre, you'll be on the floor providing exceptional customer service and encouragement to our clients. You'll induct new customers to the facility, and continue to supervise them ensuring that all equipment is used safely. You'll proactively offer specialist advice to facility users through fitness assessment and programme preparation, whilst suggesting other services that our facility offers that might interest them.

19 August 2022


We're looking for an enthusiastic and passionate individual to join our Turf team. The New Plymouth District Council's Parks and Open Spaces team is charged with the care and maintenance of the Parks and Reserves network across New Plymouth.

This full-time, permanent role works within the turf culture operations in the areas of sports grounds and general reserves. The position requires carrying out routine mowing and improvements over a range of sites and other teams. Preference is given if you have experience in the turf industry with mowing and related equipment. A current driver's licence is a requirement and the ideal candidate would also hold an HT licence or working towards a HT licence.

19 August 2022


Hamilton Gardens is one of the city's most renowned and popular assets, attracting more than one million visitors a year.

As a Gardener in our Operations team, you’ll assist in maintaining the world-famous Hamilton Gardens, one of our country’s most beautiful publicly owned assets.

19 August 2022

 We are looking for a community focussed leader to join our team as Manager Parks and Open Spaces. Reporting to the GM planning and Infrastructure, this role will utilise your innovation and decision making skills to ensure the efficient and effective operation of our parks and open spaces across the community. The parks and open spaces are all incredibly well patronised and some of the key reserves/facilities that everyone knows and loves will be under your watch. These include Pukekura Park, the Coastal Walkway, Brooklands Bowl, Brooklands Zoo, and many high quality sportsgrounds.

19 August 2022

The Todd Energy Aquatic Centre in New Plymouth is a thriving and much valued community facility. This permanent, full-time, role is key in assisting with the provision of staff supervision and customer service to all pool users, ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment that drives repeat visitation.

As an Assistant Duty Lifeguard focused on developing your career, you will demonstrate leadership skills whilst assisting the Duty Lifeguard in mentoring other lifeguards. You will deliver a range of day-to-day operational activities along with poolside supervision and carry out water chemical tests. The successful applicant will have the ability to communicate with all age groups across the community and adopt a positive, flexible approach to their work.

21 August 2022

The Parks, Sport and Recreation (PSR) business unit is a high performing, multifunctional unit responsible for a wide range of business outputs. We provide indoor and outdoor sport, recreation and play opportunities, protect and enhance our natural environment and work in partnership with our sporting, recreation and environmental communities to contribute to Wellington's reputation as an active, healthy and attractive place to live, work, play and visit.

The Project Officer (Facilities) is part of our Assets and Projects team; we're responsible for the buildings and infrastructure across our parks, open spaces and recreational facilities.

21 August 2022

 The Parks, Sport and Recreation (PSR) business unit is a high performing, multifunctional unit responsible for a wide range of business outputs. We provide indoor and outdoor sport, recreation and play opportunities, protect and enhance our natural environment and work in partnership with our sporting, recreation and environmental communities to contribute to Wellington's reputation as an active, healthy and attractive place to live, work, play and visit.

23 August 2022

 Hamilton City Council is offering an amenity apprentice opportunity, this is your chance to learn a valuable skill set and trade in the Horticulture Sector. You will work alongside our qualified and experienced team who will mentor and support you through this journey. This is your opportunity to work outdoors on some of Hamilton’s most prestigious assets and beautiful landscapes.

23 August 2022


Shaping Nelson's parks and facilities assets | Planning and strategy emphasis | Energetic, passionate and fun team

The Parks and Facilities team covers a wide range of activities including planning and managing Nelson's parks and reserves (including conservation reserves), playgrounds, campgrounds, trees, walking and mountain biking trails, cemeteries, community halls, public toilets and swimming pools.

31 August 2022

 Help people stay active and take your leadership skills to the next level! We have an exciting opportunity available at our Wellington City Council's Community Pools as a Duty Manager. Our pools provide outstanding sport and recreation programmes and facilities that all contribute to the health and wellbeing of Wellington's communities.

The teams working at the pools provide a high standard of service in every customer interaction, while ensuring operational excellence. We're located at Oriental Bay (Freyberg Pool), Johnsonville (Keith Spry Pool), Tawa and Karori. 

31 August 2022

 This is a permanent full-time role. You will ensure the brand new Mosgiel Pool (opening early 2023) operates to an exceptional standard, managing the day-to-day operations of the facility, while building a positive team culture with an emphasises on effective communication, professionalism and health and safety.

9 September 2022

Parks & Leisure Journal Article Submissions

Recreation Aotearoa looking for article submissions for the 2022 issues of the Australasian Parks and Leisure Journal.

The journal is a print and digital medium that gives you a unique opportunity to share your stories with the multiple professions now involved in the development of park and leisure facilities in Australasia.

1 June 2023

Our pool network across Wellington City can't operate without our frontline Lifeguards, playing a key role in helping people in our communities get the most out of our venues and have a safe, enjoyable experience.

This is a job that really does make a difference to your community. We have fun and support our community by keeping them safe.

People come first for us, so if this is the case for you, and you want the chance to make a positive difference to people's lives then we would like to hear from you.

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