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NZ Defence Force
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Police & emergency services
Manawatu - Wanganui - Palmerston North
Manawatu - Wanganui
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Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

What you will do

This is a fantastic opportunity to take on a role that will focus your skills into the area of aviation rescue and firefighting, along with emergency response and the preservation of life and assets. 

In this role you will be responsible for assisting the Shift Leader in all matters. You must have a strong understanding of Domestic / Industrial firefighting and be capable of leading team members during routine tasks unsupervised (if required) and at all emergency incidents under the direction of the Shift Leaders.

This position is on a 3 year, fixed term contract.

What we need

As firefighting is not without its challenges, you will be highly resilient, adaptable to changing situations, able to think clearly and respond effectively under pressure. You can confidently communicate with a wide range of people and build sustainable professional relationships with ease.  We are looking for strong team players who enjoy being part of a professional, friendly and collaborative team.

You will have completed the necessary firefighter training (FENZ QFF or equivalent), be FENZ Emergency Response Driver qualified and additionally you have held a full Class 2 Drivers licence for at least six months and capable of obtaining a Class 4 Drivers licence.
You may be required to work outside of normal hours or travel to other bases and camps within NZ for several days or a couple of weeks. As there can be overseas training, you will require a valid passport.

It's important you can work rostered shifts including weekends and public holidays. To compensate for this, we offer a salary loading payment in addition to a base salary.

Who we are

The Base Ohakea Operational Support Squadron is responsible for the provision of a military airbase capability including expeditionary airbase support by delivering individual and unit operational readiness support functions and airfield management.

The Base Ohakea Rescue Fire Service (RFS) is responsible for the provision of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) and emergency management services to RNZAF Base Ohakea for the preservation of life and the protection of NZDF infrastructure and assets.

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand.  As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.

Why Us

This is your opportunity to bring your passion, knowledge and experience to this role.  In return for your knowledge, experience and drive, we can reward you with challenging opportunities working in a supportive, motivated and forward-thinking team and working environment.

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF! 

How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page. For further information, contact Mark Berrett on (06) 3515 472.
Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close on Sunday 25 August 2019.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last five years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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