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 ​Ports of Auckland plays an essential role in our economy, delivering the things we need and enjoy.  Nearly three-quarters of the port’s inbound cargo stays within the Auckland and Upper Waikato region, so this position is crucial in supporting the local economy.  Our location means the delivery of goods is quick, the cost of goods is low, and our service is exceptional. We are focused on being a global leader on sustainable ports and are working to reduce our environmental impact.

We work in a diverse and dynamic environment. We are currently undergoing significant transformation enabling us to stay the best port in Oceania. We are leading the way in New Zealand supply chain by implementing technology and partially automating our container terminal and are excited by what this can achieve for us. We would like you to join us on this journey.

We are looking for a number of Stevedores on a fixed term basis. The position of a Stevedore at the Ports of Auckland includes several roles. All of these roles are critical in the safe and efficient movement of cargo. There is no port without Stevedores; they are the core of our container handling operations. ​

The roles currently being recruited for are:


A Lasher is responsible for securing and releasing the equipment on board a ship that secures containers for safe transportation.  This physically demanding role involves heavy lifting and is absolutely key for operations.

Reach Stacker Operator

Driving a Reach Stacker, a specialised piece of container handling equipment, you will be unloading, loading and securing containers onto rail carriages, along with moving containers to various points of the port. Previous experience operating a Reach Stacker is essential.

Straddle Carrier Operator

A Straddle Operator’s core function is to move containers from one area of the container terminal to another. This can be between the yard, crane, and trucks.  The operator sits approximately 11.5 metres from the ground and the driver’s cab is accessible by climbing a ladder, so a decent level of fitness and a good head for heights is a must. Basic computer skills is needed to use the on-board computer, along with good spatial awareness. Previous experience operating a Noell Straddle is essential.

Ship-to-Shore Crane Operator

A Crane Operator’s responsibility is to load and discharge vessels with containers and other cargo using a quay crane. The role involves reading vessel plans and load/discharge sheets.  Good hand-eye coordination is required, along with good spatial awareness and a solid head for heights as the office view is approximately 37 metres in the air. Previous experience operating ship-to-shore cranes is essential. ZPMC experience would be an advantage. 

​For each of these roles, you need to:

  • Have health and safety as a priority as a priority
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends and nights
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Work as part of a team

For the operator positions:

  • Previous experience is a must
  • A minimum full class one drivers license

This is a great opportunity for you to join a future thinking company that is a lifeline utility for the city.

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and consider all employees part of the port whānau.  We have multiple staff benefits including free parking, an onsite gym and café.

To apply for this position send your CV and cover letter (outlining what role you would like to be considered for), along with a completed Application Form to [email protected], together with copies of:
  • Passport or birth certicate
  • ​Drivers license (front and back)