West Coast

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the rugged West Coast, renowned for its natural resources and trailblazing spirit

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Gain conservation work skills

Would you like to work in nature?

Joining a Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) 12-week programme could help you build practical work skills in:

  • native plant identification
  • seed collection
  • native plant nursery skills
  • native plant identification
  • weed identification
  • health and safety
  • tree planting
  • pest plant and animal control
  • track construction and maintenance.

The training runs for 12 weeks, with two weeks of pre-employment training. After training, participants are employed by CVNZ for 10 weeks.

Participants work for 24 hours per week – eight hours a day – from Tuesday to Thursday. They can gain support on Monday and Friday to search for jobs and write CVs.

The next skills course begins on Tuesday 4 May.

Seminars about the training will be held at Greymouth Work and Income service centre, 112-116 Mackay Street, at 10.30am on Monday 19 April and Thursday 22 April.

Email Greymouth Work and Income service centre at myjobsearch_greymouth@workandincome.govt.nz  to register your interest in attending a CVNZ seminar.

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Fishing industry careers

Are you interested in a career in the fishing industry?

Westport Deep Sea Fishing School runs residential programmes that offer practical training to build skills and expertise.

The programme is NZQA-approved and is supported by New Zealand’s biggest seafood companies, who employ students directly from the school.

Applications for deep sea fishing are taken on a rotational basis all year round.

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Find a Job

More West Coast 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.  

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Study and Training

Short courses in Greymouth and Westport

Take a short course to gain skills and improve your employment prospects.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic runs one-day and two-day courses in response to the needs of the community and local industry.

The short courses give training in areas such as traffic control, quad bikes, height safety, chainsaws and forklifts.

To see upcoming courses in Greymouth and Westport, check out the short course calendar on Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s community education page.

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Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in West Coast 

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.

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Free HR advice

An HR expert will be giving free advice to businesses on the West Coast.  

Businesses can book a 30-minute session on Tuesday 20 April to ask Carole Peterson for HR and recruitment advice.

The event is part of Development West Coast’s Ask the Experts series.

Sessions will be held at Development West Coast’s office at Brunner House, Level 1, 54 Tainui Street, Greymouth, or via Zoom.

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Public leadership training

A workshop for West Coast businesses aims to help managers form better relationships and bring out the best in their people.

The Management Essentials Workshop on Wednesday 12 May will cover developing a manager’s mindset and understanding the conversations needed to manage people.

Run by Blanchard New Zealand and Brannigans, the workshop has been organised through Development West Coast. The venue has yet to be confirmed.

Register by Tuesday 27 April for the workshop, which will cost $497.50 plus GST.

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Learn more about Connected

Come along to a Buller District Council meeting to discover how Connected can help people find employment, education and training support from government agencies.

A Connected presentation will be given to councillors and the community during the public forum section held at the start of the council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday 28 April.

The short presentation will be given at 3pm.

The meeting will be held at Clock Tower Chambers, Palmerston Street, Westport. 

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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
112-116 Mackay Street
Greymouth 7805

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