Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Nelson-Tasman region, a leading fisheries hub and craft beer pioneer

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All our Connected centres are currently closed due to the change in COVID-19 alert levels. If you'd like to speak with someone, please call us on 0800 264 737. There will be no face to face drop-in sessions, appointments or events until further notice.


Become a conservation ranger

A local company is looking to take on Trainee Rangers to work on a range of conservation activites.

You will be working outdoors in all elements and terrains doing environment enhancement, which will include weed control, scrub bar work, chainsaw work,prep for native plantings, planting trees, scrubs and maintenance.

All training will be provided.

If you have a genuine passion for the environment, are fit and able to take on heavy lifting, have an awareness of Health & Safety, please send your CV and register your interest by email.

Sterile Services/Theatre Technician Positions

Work in the modern Operating Theatre suite at Nelson Hospital sterilising and processing reusable instruments and equipment for the operating theatres and other hospital departments, as well as assisting nursing teams with patient transportation, theatre cleaning and equipment provision. 

They are looking for enthusiastic team players who want to develop a career in sterile services. You will be eager to learn and thrive in a busy environment and you will be flexible to meet the changing demands of the roster. 

Permanent employees have the opportunity to study towards the National Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 3), if you do not already hold it.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Fish Factory Process Workers

A Nelson fish processor is looking for temporary employees for their factory.

Do you:

  • take pride in achieving goals and delivering quality work,
  • have a positive attitude,
  • a willingness to learn,
  • able to work in a team,
  • physically fit, and
  • good hand-eye coordination?

This could be the job for you.

These roles are seasonal and could finish in February, April or Sept 2022.

To apply send your CV to Job Connect

Apple Thinning Roles

Apple Thinning is a vital role in the preparation of a good harvest. A variety of employers across the region are looking for staff.

If you are confident working up a ladder and physically fit, this could be the seasonal role for you.

Employers are looking for people to start throughout October and November.

You must have transport to get to work.

Find out more:

Apple Pickers starting February

Apple picking season will be here before we know it.

There are multiple employers within the Nelson-Tasman region looking to have people ready to work from February to pick apples.

You will need to be physically fit, confident to work up a ladder and have reliable transport to get to work.

Find out more:

Hop Training

Hop employers within the region are looking for staff for Hop Training roles.

During Hop training the Hop Bines are wound onto lines to encourage them to grow upwards.

Mostly outdoors involving a lot of bending, so you must be physically fit and able to work long days.

As most of the gardens are located outside of town, having reliable transport is preferred.

Find out more:

Casual Orderly Roles

Orderlies support patient care by moving them around the hospital in a courteous, professional and well-presented manner.

You must be available to work across 24/7 roster, so must have flexibilty to work mornings, afternoon or night shifts as you will be covering staff.

You must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time, and have the ability and knowledge of heavy lifting techniques.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Meat Processing Workers

A local Nelson Meatworks is looking for FT Temporary night shift workers.

Preference will be given to people with meat work experience - proven knife skills, experience in animal/yard care.

These positions are for a night shift from 4.30pm - 2.30am.

Email to find out more and apply.

Support for young job seekers

If you’re aged 16-24, Youth Employment Success could help you gain confidence in your chosen industry.

Youth Employment Success gives rangatahi opportunities to meet youth-friendly employers who can help them explore the industry they’re interested in.

Find out more (external link)

More Nelson-Tasman jobs

Looking for other work? Check out Find a Job, Work and Income’s recruitment website.

Find a Job is for anyone looking for work – you don’t have to be on a benefit. If you find a job you’re interested in, contact Work and Income to be put in touch with the employer.  

Visit Find a Job (external link)

TeachNZ scholarships for career changers

Scholarships are now open to people who want to change careers and become a teacher and kaiako.

It will pay for their teaching course fees and provide an allowance of $30,000 per year, for up to three years. 

There are two scholarships available: 

  • Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarships for people who plan to teach in English medium early learning and schools
  • Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarships for people who plan to teach in Māori medium early learning and schools, or teach te reo Māori in English-medium secondary schools Priority applicants

While the scholarships are open to all career changers, priority will be given to applicants who:

  • plan to teach in Science, Technology, Engineering Maths, or te reo Māori.
  • plan to teach in early learning or secondary.
  • are Teacher’s aides, Kaiāwhina, Kaiārahi i te reo, or have a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)
  • are Māori, Pacific, or plan to teach in bilingual or immersion settings. 

If you know a career changer who may be interested in becoming a teacher, please share this information with them.  

Applications close 15 November 2021.

More information and application forms are available on these websites: 

Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship(external site)(external site) (external site)

Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship  (external site)

Study for a Horticulture Diploma while working

An opportunity for students-get a hands on learning experience and pathway into employment in the Horticulture Industry.

Earn while you learn and take your learnings straight into the workplace.

This Diploma in Horticulture falls under the governments fee's free initiative and is targeted to high school leavers. The programme offers a combination of online and face to face learning remotely with Lincoln University and in person with T&G trained coaches. T&G will also provide paid study days to help students with the academic components of the diploma.

There are places available for Nelson students looking at this pathway, Please specify you are based in Nelson on your application.

Starting in January 2022.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Learn at home

Did you know Kanorau Digital offers online self-paced learning you can do from home?

Kanorau Digital offers this online course at no cost to you, which should take 12-15 hours to complete.  Learn to:

  • Use online connection and communication tools such as Email, Drive, Documents and Calendar.
  • Learn keyboard shortcuts for improved effectiveness and productivity.
  • Evaluate the safety, security, and trustworthiness of online sites and information sources and interact online following digital tikanga.
  • Use digital skills, tools, and help features to effectively find information, and solve day-to-day problems.
  • Compare human and digital factors related to online security.

If you have access to a computer or laptop and are keen to learn.

Register today

Literacy Aotearoa Term 4 Courses

Literacy Aotearoa is established to develop, promote and deliver accessible, quality literacy services designed to help you reach your full potential.

They offer a varierty of free courses (all with rolling intake):

  • Literacy & Numeracy,
  • Basic Computing Digital Literacy,
  • Supported Learning,
  • CV & Cover Letter programme,
  • Learner Licence,
  • Digital Literacy (Documents, Word, Excel),
  • Class 2 Licence,
  • Literacy & Financing my Future.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact Literacy Aotearoa on 03 548 3041 or checkout the Literacy Aotearoa website (external site).

Free Introduction to Automotive Engineering

This is a free 5-month programme run by MITO and is designed for people that have left secondary school and are interested in working in the automotive industry.

In this course, you'll complete unit standards online via eLearning and have access to videos, learning activities, and course assesments that can be accessed at anytime and from any device eg: mobile phone, tablet, or PC.

On completion, you'll receive micro-credential which certifies the achievement of skills and knowledge approved by NZQA.

Find out more and enrol (external link)

Pathways into study and employment

The NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1) can give young people the skills and confidence needed to gain entry-level jobs or go on to further study at Level 3 and above at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).

Students benefit from hands-on practical activities, classroom learning, real-life experience, project-based work and 1-1 class support.

The next Nelson course starts on September 13, and there are courses throughout the year.

Where: NMIT Nelson campus, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson

Find out more (external link)

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Nelson-Tasman

Click on the link below to find the field of study and type of qualification to interest you. Qualifications range from certificate level 1-3 to doctorates.

Find your course now (external link)
Tax time

GST Seminar

A hands-on interactive session where you learn to complete a cashbook and GST return.

The workshop is ideal for Sole Traders, Partnerships and other small businesses. 

You will hear about:

  • What is GST,
  • GST registration,
  • record keeping-cashbook,
  • basic adjustments,
  • GST filing (online and manual) and payment,
  • online services.

When: Wednesday 3 November, 1.30pm

Where: Level 5, Civic House, cnr Trafalgar Halifax Streets, Nelson

Find out more and register (external link)

Is Art your career?

Art/Work is for creative practioners and artists in the Nelson region who are looking to establish a financially viable career, to find employment or be successfully self-emplloyed for the long-term.

The programme of support, which runs for up to 9months, is not designed to teach you how to be creative but to provide you with the non-creative skills to help you be successful.

Find out more and register (external link)

Learn to make the most out of your business

Are you interested in learning how Lean could benefit your business?

This programme will help:

  • identify customer value-adding activities
  • inefficiencies across your business
  • improve planning, staff engagement
  • customer value
  • inventory and production flow
  • create a continuous culture of improvement.

Eligible businesses have access to a Lean Coach to help implement Lean over a 12-month period.

When: Wednesday 10 November, 8.30am-4.30pm
Where: Trailways Hotel, 66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Cost: $65 for one-day workshop

For more info, email

Visit Callaghan Innovation's Lean webpage (external link)

Inland Revenue webinars and presentations

Inland Revenue are offering a number of webinars and online presentations to develop your business understanding of taxes and your obligations.

Options include:

  • Employer obligations
  • GST Workshop
  • Introduction to business

Find out more and watch (external link)
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Free Career Advice in Nelson

Would you like free advice from a career expert to help you take your next step into work, study or training?

If so, book a free one-to-one session with a career professional to make a personalised career plan or create a CV.

To make an appointment please email with 'Connected' in the subject line. We will then connect you with the Careers Practitioner.

Foodbank in COVID

Help with food

Do you or your whānau need urgent help with food or other essential items? 

If you need food and other essential items, please take a look at the guidelines site) (external site)

To find a foodbank in Nelson (external site) or foodbank in Tasman (external site)

Mental health and wellbeing support

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important.   

Find some suggestions on how you can take care of yourself, those around you and where to reach out for help.

Mental Wellbeing Support

Family violence services

Family violence is violence or abuse of any type, perpetrated by one family member against another and it's not ok. 

Need help?

Find out more

Online learning, ebooks, audiobooks and more

District libraries have an extensive range of free digital media available anywhere with an internet connection, 24/7. 

Available options include:

  • Online learning - courses to do at your own pace
  • ebooks
  • audiobooks
  • online newspapers and magazines
  • and more

Check what is on offer from your local library.

Nelson Library (external site)

What are your rights?

How do the alert level changes impact you as an employee, an employer or a business owner?

Employment New Zealand provides guidance on their website on Covid-19 Alert levels and the workplace (external site)

Free Covid-19 business helpline

Are you a business owner and have questions or need support? Contact the helpline.

All New Zealand businesses, including sole traders, can get support and advice on:

  • government financial support, eg Wage Subsidy Scheme, Resurgence Support Payment
  • what different alert levels mean for your business
  • business continuity
  • finding free or subsidised expert help, eg a business mentor or advisor.

Employers can also get specific advice on people challenges, including staffing changes, employee wellness, and meeting your health and safety obligations.

South Island business helpline 0800 505 096

Drop into your local Connected centre without an appointment to find out about how government agencies can help you find a job, training or business support.


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
22 Bridge Street
Nelson 7010

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