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Changes made to New Zealand working holiday visas

Learn more about the Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) Visa in our Horticulture and Winegrowing industries

Seasonal Work?

A great way to gain experience, meet new people and earn some good money.

It’s perfect for people getting back into the workforce or anyone looking for flexible hours.

With your new skills and experiences you could even land permanent work further down the line.

Industry

Think seasonal work is just picking fruit? Think again.

Seasonal work covers a range of different industries meaning you can find the one that best suits you.

Agricutultural Contracting

New agricultural machinery operators required. Bring your driving skills.

Looking for a new challenge this summer? Like working outdoors? Enjoy working with BIG machinery in a team environment? If you’re a good team player and don’t mind putting in the hard yards to get the job done, you’ll enjoy rewards that go with agricultural contracting.

All you need is a good attitude, good driving ability and a willingness to learn. Agricultural Contractors will help you with the rest.

Biosecurity

Information pending.

Agricutultural Contracting

New agricultural machinery operators required. Bring your driving skills.

Looking for a new challenge this summer? Like working outdoors? Enjoy working with BIG machinery in a team environment? If you’re a good team player and don’t mind putting in the hard yards to get the job done, you’ll enjoy rewards that go with agricultural contracting.

All you need is a good attitude, good driving ability and a willingness to learn. Agricultural Contractors will help you with the rest.

Biosecurity

Information pending.

Call Centre

Are you a people person and love to help? Call centres are all about great personalities with the ability to think outside of the box and solve problems. Many companies are looking to recruit people that thrive on creating postive experiences with their customers and want to make a genuine difference.

Call Centre

Are you a people person and love to help? Call centres are all about great personalities with the ability to think outside of the box and solve problems. Many companies are looking to recruit people that thrive on creating postive experiences with their customers and want to make a genuine difference.

Commercial Cleaning

Cleaning is one of the most important industries in the world, shouldering the responsibility of keeping our living and work environments clean, safe and hygienic. In New Zealand the cleaning industry is worth more than $1 billion annually and employs nearly 30,000 people.
There are a variety of roles and shift packages available to ensure a work life balance.

Commercial Cleaning

Cleaning is one of the most important industries in the world, shouldering the responsibility of keeping our living and work environments clean, safe and hygienic. In New Zealand the cleaning industry is worth more than $1 billion annually and employs nearly 30,000 people.
There are a variety of roles and shift packages available to ensure a work life balance.

Construction

Building New Zealand. The construction sector is flat out, making New Zealand bigger and better and is looking for hard-working tradespeople, laborers, engineers, planners, project managers and equipment operators to help out.
The current demand for construction workers is high due to the construction boom in New Zealand. Labourers typically earn $30k-50k a year depending on their skillset and require no prior training to become qualified. You can expect to work eight-hour workdays with some weekend work either on construction sites, roads, or in bushland. Your tasks could include maintaining roads and pathways, operating machinery, or helping to construct buildings.

Healthcare

Taking care of our people. The Healthcare industry needs compassionate people to support, care, and treat New Zealand’s people. Opportunities are available right throughout the healthcare industry.
Healthcare covers many roles, and skill levels, from experienced practitioners to all the teams that support them to all contribute to the care and health needs of everyone in the community.

Construction

Building New Zealand. The construction sector is flat out, making New Zealand bigger and better and is looking for hard-working tradespeople, laborers, engineers, planners, project managers and equipment operators to help out.
The current demand for construction workers is high due to the construction boom in New Zealand. Labourers typically earn $30k-50k a year depending on their skillset and require no prior training to become qualified. You can expect to work eight-hour workdays with some weekend work either on construction sites, roads, or in bushland. Your tasks could include maintaining roads and pathways, operating machinery, or helping to construct buildings.

Healthcare

Taking care of our people. The Healthcare industry needs compassionate people to support, care, and treat New Zealand’s people. Opportunities are available right throughout the healthcare industry.
Healthcare covers many roles, and skill levels, from experienced practitioners to all the teams that support them to all contribute to the care and health needs of everyone in the community.

ICT/Technology

The digital world. The demand for talent and skills in this industry is growing faster than you can think, and New Zealand has some world-leading companies at the forefront of technology requiring agility, resilience, and entrepreneurial spirit to get the job done.

ICT/Technology

The digital world. The demand for talent and skills in this industry is growing faster than you can think, and New Zealand has some world-leading companies at the forefront of technology requiring agility, resilience, and entrepreneurial spirit to get the job done.

Infrastructure

The infrastructure sector constructs New Zealand’s roads, bridges, water networks and more. These careers can be skilled and lucrative. Infrastructure workers work on meaningful projects that connect communities with water, roads and other essentials. They work with technology to get the job done and can do their jobs in the great outdoors.
Working in infrastructure may mean connecting a single house with water and transport in a residential subdivision, or connecting hundreds of thousands of people with transport as part of a billion dollar transport upgrade. Either way, this work makes a big difference in people’s lives.

Infrastructure

The infrastructure sector constructs New Zealand’s roads, bridges, water networks and more. These careers can be skilled and lucrative. Infrastructure workers work on meaningful projects that connect communities with water, roads and other essentials. They work with technology to get the job done and can do their jobs in the great outdoors.
Working in infrastructure may mean connecting a single house with water and transport in a residential subdivision, or connecting hundreds of thousands of people with transport as part of a billion dollar transport upgrade. Either way, this work makes a big difference in people’s lives.

Meat Processing

New Zealand’s meat industry is one of New Zealand’s largest industries, with exports of more than $7 billion a year and employing about 25,000 people in 60 processing plants nationwide.

There are year round opportunities in the industry, ranging from working in the stockyards, the processing chains, and the coldstores. Generally, meat processing is busiest over summer months (when farmers shift their sheep and cattle off pastures) and quietest over winter months (when many processing plants will take the opportunity to undergo plant maintenance, etc).

There are plenty of opportunities available to people who are willing to work in the industry. The industry is willing to take anyone willing and able to work, and offers extensive training opportunities. Many people begin as seasonal workers and end up pursuing careers in the industry. The main requirements for working in meat processing are you must be:

  • Physically able and coordinated (such as able to use knives).
  • Able to follow company food safety and health and safety requirements.
  • Able to work in a team environment on a production chain.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Must be available for shifts at night and in the weekend when required.
  • A New Zealand citizen or legal right to work.
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment drug testing.

Meat Processing

New Zealand’s meat industry is one of New Zealand’s largest industries, with exports of more than $7 billion a year and employing about 25,000 people in 60 processing plants nationwide.

There are year round opportunities in the industry, ranging from working in the stockyards, the processing chains, and the coldstores. Generally, meat processing is busiest over summer months (when farmers shift their sheep and cattle off pastures) and quietest over winter months (when many processing plants will take the opportunity to undergo plant maintenance, etc).

There are plenty of opportunities available to people who are willing to work in the industry. The industry is willing to take anyone willing and able to work, and offers extensive training opportunities. Many people begin as seasonal workers and end up pursuing careers in the industry. The main requirements for working in meat processing are you must be:

  • Physically able and coordinated (such as able to use knives).
  • Able to follow company food safety and health and safety requirements.
  • Able to work in a team environment on a production chain.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Must be available for shifts at night and in the weekend when required.
  • A New Zealand citizen or legal right to work.
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment drug testing.

Retail

With more than 35,000 retail premises you will find the sector offers great variety with no 2 days being the same, different stores also vary depending on;

  • where they are located,
  • the owner or manager,
  • what roles are available,
  • who their customers are,
  • what products are being sold.

As an example, you may find work in some of the following areas. (but not limited to just this).

  • In the shop, helping to serve customer, or operating a till.
  • In the stockroom, looking after inwards stock or returns and stocking shelves.
  • Learning about products, pricing and merchandising (where to position items in a store).
  • Or there could be a digital focus where a store uses social media or has an online presence

There are lots of possibilities and opportunities for casual, part time, full time work. A retail role can be a job or a long-term career.

Seafood (processing)

We catch, farm and process New Zealand’s premium fish and shellfish.

New Zealand seafood is in high demand overseas because of its freshness and because it comes from sustainable sources.

We employ around 20 thousand people and export almost two billion dollars’ worth of seafood each year.

Retail

With more than 35,000 retail premises you will find the sector offers great variety with no 2 days being the same, different stores also vary depending on;

  • where they are located,
  • the owner or manager,
  • what roles are available,
  • who their customers are,
  • what products are being sold.

As an example, you may find work in some of the following areas. (but not limited to just this).

  • In the shop, helping to serve customer, or operating a till.
  • In the stockroom, looking after inwards stock or returns and stocking shelves.
  • Learning about products, pricing and merchandising (where to position items in a store).
  • Or there could be a digital focus where a store uses social media or has an online presence

There are lots of possibilities and opportunities for casual, part time, full time work. A retail role can be a job or a long-term career.

Seafood (processing)

We catch, farm and process New Zealand’s premium fish and shellfish.

New Zealand seafood is in high demand overseas because of its freshness and because it comes from sustainable sources.

We employ around 20 thousand people and export almost two billion dollars’ worth of seafood each year.

Security

The NZ security industry consists of 1,800 organisations with 25,000 license holders. We are an industry that is ever growing and we are looking for more people who are looking to care for and help make a change within their local communities.

If you are wanting to help play an important part within your community then a role in security might be for you!

The roles within the industry include:

  • Security Guards
  • Mobile Patrol Officers
  • Monitoring Operators
  • Communications
  • Security Technicians

To work in the industry you need to be/have:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to work irregular hours (the industry runs 24/7)
  • Able to work alone
  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • A clean criminal record
  • A NZ Driver’s license is preferable as well as your own reliable transport
  • Comfortable and confident speaking to a diverse range of people
  • Good, clear written communication

Silviculture (forestry planting)

Forestry is of major importance to New Zealand's economy. Within the Forestry Industry is Silviculture, which involves the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of growing and tending forest crops.

The Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees by 2028. The One Billion Trees Programme, led by Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and funded by the Provincial Growth Fund will create employment and workforce development, protect the environment and support New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy. This programme will deliver improved social, environmental, and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

There are a variety of tasks and skills that contribute to the Silviculture Industry with specific seasonal time parameters for each task.

Jobs Include:

Scrubcutting / land preparation:

  • Using brushcutter type machines to clear away unwanted vegetation prior to planning.
  • Normally tasked for October to March.
  • Med-low skill set.

Planting:

  • The planting of Pine/Manuka/Red Wood/Native seedlings to establish commercial forests
  • Usually done in winter from the start of May to the end of September.
  • Qualifications not necessary but it is an extremely physical job.
  • Numbers of staff required per contractor would get up to 50+ in some instances.

Releasing:

  • Spraying competing pasture/weeds from the vicinity of the crop seedling.
  • Is done after planting has been completed, up to November.
  • Low skilled but still physical carrying 15kg spraypacks.
  • Numbers of staff depend on site pre-treatment.
  • 15-20% of planted area is manually released.

Pruning:

  • Removal of tree's lower limbs primarily to produce clear wood.
  • Can be done any time but usually done over Spring-Summer- Autumn.
  • It must be emphasized that Radiata Pine pruning has nothing to do with pruning kiwifruit. Skills are not compatible.
  • Qualifications are not necessary, but it requires a high degree of skill and physical ability.
  • Sub groups are First lift, Second lift, Third lift with corresponding higher ladder heights.

Thinning:

  • Reducing the stocking rate in a forest to encourage good form without undue growth suppression.
  • Forest reduction thinning usually done outside the high fire risk period being mid November to March but likely to be all year around.
  • All very dependent on local climatic conditions. It normally requires qualifications for either <200mm trunk or >200mm trunk.
  • Non-qualified workers are also accepted if they have (vast) experience that deems them competent.
  • Numbers required 15% of forest workload given numbers of Native and Manuka being planted.

Security

The NZ security industry consists of 1,800 organisations with 25,000 license holders. We are an industry that is ever growing and we are looking for more people who are looking to care for and help make a change within their local communities.

If you are wanting to help play an important part within your community then a role in security might be for you!

The roles within the industry include:

  • Security Guards
  • Mobile Patrol Officers
  • Monitoring Operators
  • Communications
  • Security Technicians

To work in the industry you need to be/have:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to work irregular hours (the industry runs 24/7)
  • Able to work alone
  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • A clean criminal record
  • A NZ Driver’s license is preferable as well as your own reliable transport
  • Comfortable and confident speaking to a diverse range of people
  • Good, clear written communication

Silviculture (forestry planting)

Forestry is of major importance to New Zealand's economy. Within the Forestry Industry is Silviculture, which involves the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of growing and tending forest crops.

The Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees by 2028. The One Billion Trees Programme, led by Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and funded by the Provincial Growth Fund will create employment and workforce development, protect the environment and support New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy. This programme will deliver improved social, environmental, and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

There are a variety of tasks and skills that contribute to the Silviculture Industry with specific seasonal time parameters for each task.

Jobs Include:

Scrubcutting / land preparation:

  • Using brushcutter type machines to clear away unwanted vegetation prior to planning.
  • Normally tasked for October to March.
  • Med-low skill set.

Planting:

  • The planting of Pine/Manuka/Red Wood/Native seedlings to establish commercial forests
  • Usually done in winter from the start of May to the end of September.
  • Qualifications not necessary but it is an extremely physical job.
  • Numbers of staff required per contractor would get up to 50+ in some instances.

Releasing:

  • Spraying competing pasture/weeds from the vicinity of the crop seedling.
  • Is done after planting has been completed, up to November.
  • Low skilled but still physical carrying 15kg spraypacks.
  • Numbers of staff depend on site pre-treatment.
  • 15-20% of planted area is manually released.

Pruning:

  • Removal of tree's lower limbs primarily to produce clear wood.
  • Can be done any time but usually done over Spring-Summer- Autumn.
  • It must be emphasized that Radiata Pine pruning has nothing to do with pruning kiwifruit. Skills are not compatible.
  • Qualifications are not necessary, but it requires a high degree of skill and physical ability.
  • Sub groups are First lift, Second lift, Third lift with corresponding higher ladder heights.

Thinning:

  • Reducing the stocking rate in a forest to encourage good form without undue growth suppression.
  • Forest reduction thinning usually done outside the high fire risk period being mid November to March but likely to be all year around.
  • All very dependent on local climatic conditions. It normally requires qualifications for either <200mm trunk or >200mm trunk.
  • Non-qualified workers are also accepted if they have (vast) experience that deems them competent.
  • Numbers required 15% of forest workload given numbers of Native and Manuka being planted.

Snowsports (ski operators)

The New Zealand Ski industry represents a wide variety of opportunities for your career. From entry level and front line roles through to lifelong career pathways through a range of different departments and qualifications. Each ski area offers unique winter experiences and jobs vary on a daily basis. Each department works together to deliver an exceptional snow sports experience to skiers and boarders across the winter season.

Operating from June to October each year, snow sports jobs are the perfect complement to summer tourism roles and combined can create a year-round career. In some areas year round and permanent roles may also come up from time to time. The industry offers everything from specific Snowsport careers to roles that cross into tourism, hospitality, trades, transport, and retail. Training is offered across the industry for ongoing development and growth.

Job opportunities include:

  • Safety Services and Patrol
  • Snowsports Instructors
  • Groomer Drivers
  • Terrain Park
  • Snowmaking
  • Lift Operations – including Electricians, Mechanics
  • Hospitality – Front of House, Chefs
  • Retail and Rentals
  • Customer Service

Snowsports (ski operators)

The New Zealand Ski industry represents a wide variety of opportunities for your career. From entry level and front line roles through to lifelong career pathways through a range of different departments and qualifications. Each ski area offers unique winter experiences and jobs vary on a daily basis. Each department works together to deliver an exceptional snow sports experience to skiers and boarders across the winter season.

Operating from June to October each year, snow sports jobs are the perfect complement to summer tourism roles and combined can create a year-round career. In some areas year round and permanent roles may also come up from time to time. The industry offers everything from specific Snowsport careers to roles that cross into tourism, hospitality, trades, transport, and retail. Training is offered across the industry for ongoing development and growth.

Job opportunities include:

  • Safety Services and Patrol
  • Snowsports Instructors
  • Groomer Drivers
  • Terrain Park
  • Snowmaking
  • Lift Operations – including Electricians, Mechanics
  • Hospitality – Front of House, Chefs
  • Retail and Rentals
  • Customer Service

Tourism and hospitality (café, restaurant, motels and hotels)

The tourism industry is made up of a wide range of businesses from large stock exchange-listed companies through to small businesses such as bed and breakfast operators. Tourism is a complex industry that involves a broad range of businesses, organisations and government agencies. They work together at different levels to deliver a complete tourism package. Each party in the chain contributes to the overall holiday experience of the customer - from initial destination marketing through to the ground level experience.

The sector provides value to industries within New Zealand that add tourism experiences to their product offering, such as farm stays, factory tours and wineries. Tourism helps drive regional economic growth and supports the revitalisation of towns and communities. This in turn creates employment opportunities and helps build regional pride.

Tourism plays a significant role in the New Zealand economy in terms of production of goods and services. It creates employment and directly and indirectly supports 13.2% of the total number of people employed in New Zealand.

Tourism and hospitality (café, restaurant, motels and hotels)

The tourism industry is made up of a wide range of businesses from large stock exchange-listed companies through to small businesses such as bed and breakfast operators. Tourism is a complex industry that involves a broad range of businesses, organisations and government agencies. They work together at different levels to deliver a complete tourism package. Each party in the chain contributes to the overall holiday experience of the customer - from initial destination marketing through to the ground level experience.

The sector provides value to industries within New Zealand that add tourism experiences to their product offering, such as farm stays, factory tours and wineries. Tourism helps drive regional economic growth and supports the revitalisation of towns and communities. This in turn creates employment opportunities and helps build regional pride.

Tourism plays a significant role in the New Zealand economy in terms of production of goods and services. It creates employment and directly and indirectly supports 13.2% of the total number of people employed in New Zealand.

Waste Management

Making a difference. Managing waste is a critical industry to support keeping New Zealand beautiful. Smart people are required to ensure sustainable management of valuable resources for future generations.

Winegrowing (wineries)

New Zealand’s highly successful wine industry is set to achieve $2bn in exports by 2020.

You can be a part of this success by taking up one of the many opportunities that exist for seasonal workers within our vineyards, wineries and cellar doors.

There are year-round positions available to assist with winter and summer maintenance in vineyards, including pruning the vines and harvesting the grapes. There are also many roles within New Zealand’s 700 plus wineries and opportunities to deal directly with customers at the beautiful cellar doors around the North and South Island.

Jobs include:

  • Winery cellar door hands and operations
  • Vineyard maintenance, planting and pruning
  • Vintage (the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product)
  • Retail and hospitality roles in restaurants and cellar doors

Waste Management

Making a difference. Managing waste is a critical industry to support keeping New Zealand beautiful. Smart people are required to ensure sustainable management of valuable resources for future generations.

Winegrowing (wineries)

New Zealand’s highly successful wine industry is set to achieve $2bn in exports by 2020.

You can be a part of this success by taking up one of the many opportunities that exist for seasonal workers within our vineyards, wineries and cellar doors.

There are year-round positions available to assist with winter and summer maintenance in vineyards, including pruning the vines and harvesting the grapes. There are also many roles within New Zealand’s 700 plus wineries and opportunities to deal directly with customers at the beautiful cellar doors around the North and South Island.

Jobs include:

  • Winery cellar door hands and operations
  • Vineyard maintenance, planting and pruning
  • Vintage (the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product)
  • Retail and hospitality roles in restaurants and cellar doors

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Helpful Tips on Seasonal Work

Whether you’re a seasonal work newbie or just looking for ways to improve your worklife, here are our four top tips.

Tip 1

The sky's the limit! Seasonal work includes many different industries including farm work, forestry, orchards or ski fields. You’re practically guaranteed to find one that fits your specific interests and needs so make sure to do some hunting around.

Tip 2

Look after yourself. Seasonal work is physically demanding which means ensuring that you take care of yourself outside of work. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods and taking time out to relax.

Tip 3

Be flexible. Seasonal work typically occurs when full-time staff are unavailable meaning the hours and times can be different to a standard job. The more flexible you are the easier it will be to find work.

Tip 4

Treat it like a full-time job. Seasonal work can lead to great opportunities down the line so be sure to display a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. You never know where it could lead!

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