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Coastguard Pilot Volunteer - Northland

Coastguard NZ

Do you have a current pilot’s license or have a history in the aviation sector? If so, you could add significant value to one of Coastguard’s two Air Patrol units, based in Ardmore and Kerikeri.

As Coastguard’s eyes in the sky, Air Patrol volunteers provide aerial search and observation support across the upper North Island. At present, Coastguard Northland Air Patrol is looking for experienced pilots and air crew to join the team.

What we’re looking for from you:

  • Relevant qualifications and experience to the aviation sector
  • Good all-rounders who can contribute to a team environment
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions
  • Willingness to be available short notice, at all times of the day and night. (Crewing rosters mean you would not be expected to be available 24/7 except on your agreed duty days)

An added bonus is if you:

  • live within a 15-20-minute drive (off-peak) from our base at Kerikeri Airport.

Our promise to you

  • An exciting and challenging role
  • First class Maritime qualifications & training
  • Management & teamwork skills
  • Risk assessment experience
  • Personal development
  • Clear pathways for progression
  • New friendships with like-minded people
  • An incredibly rewarding experience
  • Become part of the team making a difference in Aotearoa

What happens next?

Once we have received your application form, our Training Coordinator will be in touch to have a chat to you a little more about what the role entails, how we operate and our expectations. This will give you a chance to ask questions and see if it's a great fit for you.

Then it’s time to come along and spend some time on the unit where we will get you involved in a training session or two and then the best part of getting you up in the air for a test flight. From there we’ll talk about next steps with your application.

Heads up: acceptance as a Coastguard Volunteer is subject to a clean Police Vetting Report being received and also the passing of the In Water Survivability test.


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Coastguard Pilot Volunteer - Northland
Coastguard NZ
Volunteering for Coastguard is a team effort – requiring just as much precision and effort off the water as it does in the midst of an ocean rescue.
Application closes 24 07 2022