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Deputy Harbourmaster

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About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Are you passionate about maritime safety and regulation? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment where every day brings new challenges and opportunities? Look no further! Join our team achieving amazing things as a Deputy Harbourmaster.

This is an exciting and diverse role where no two days are the same. This role will see you playing a crucial role in ensuring the safety of commercial shipping and recreational vessels in our region's waters. You will be well supported by our experienced and passionate Harbourmaster, creating an ideal learning environment for you to develop yourself and your career.

This is a busy role, based predominantly at the Port of Napier. The key responsibilities in this role include:

  • Regulating maritime safety for commercial shipping and recreational vessels.
  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining systems and processes in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Providing technical advice and guidance on maritime safety matters to various departments, agencies, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Assist the Harbourmaster with engagement and education regarding maritime safety.
  • Respond to maritime emergencies and record and report all relevant details to the Harbourmaster.
  • Ensure all charted port and harbour navigational aids are well operated and maintained.
  • Engage with stakeholders on issues related to port and harbour operations.

About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

We need someone who is dedicated, proactive and can take initiative. You will be a natural communicator who can tailor their message to a range of audiences to get engagement and create positive change. You'll need to be a team player ready to pitch in wherever needed depending on the demands of the day, and be open to being part of an on call roster for emergencies. Ideally you will also have:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant area of study
  • Hold a nautical Certificate of Competency and have commercial experience in the maritime industry.
  • Working knowledge and experience with implementing maritime legislation.
  • Ability to handle vessels of varying lengths in a variety of conditions.
  • Experience with and harbour operations.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC.

What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

HBRC offers a supportive and collaborative work environment where your contributions will make a significant impact on our region’s future. We provide competitive remuneration, professional development opportunities, and the chance to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference.

We can offer a competitive remuneration package that will depend on your qualifications and experience. We value open and transparent communication and are willing to discuss compensation further to ensure we find a mutually beneficial arrangement for the right individual. Our priority is to attract and retain top talent, and we're open to exploring options that align with your experience and expectations. Please don't hesitate to contact us for a friendly and confidential conversation about how we can make this opportunity work for you.

  • Flexible working options to support work/life balance
  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years
  • Life insurance and income protection
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives
  • Strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a supportive working environment.

See a full list of our staff benefits here 


Why Join Us?

  • Make a Difference: Your work directly impacts the safety and well-being of maritime communities.
  • Dynamic Environment: No two days are the same as you navigate diverse challenges and responsibilities.
  • Professional Development: Grow your skills and expertise in maritime safety and regulation.
  • Collaborative Culture: Work alongside a supportive team dedicated to excellence.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. We recognise that collaborative and innovative organisations depend on having a workforce made up from a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. We're all about excellence, and we encourage open communication – if you need any specific support, just let us know! Our main goal is to empower each person to share their unique talents to contribute to the outcomes for our community. This commitment ensures that our workplace is a dynamic and progressive space where everyone can flourish.

HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 22 August 2024. We may close this earlier if the right candidate is found so apply today!

View the full job description here

Please apply through Seek.  If you would like any further information regarding the role, please email

Applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

23 July 2024

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