Our vision is to provide a healthy & safe environment where our people are challenged to grow & develop as individuals and succeed as a team. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity in the workplace.


It is a requirement of Port Taranaki that all employees are permanent residents of NZ with appropriate working visas. We also require all employees to complete a pre-employment medical check, including drug & alcohol testing.

We do not hold curriculum vitaes on file for any future vacancy that may arise.


Wharf Services Operator

Join an organisation committed to your development

Work in a supportive team culture

Busy, varied role


Port Taranaki, as the only deep-water harbour on New Zealand’s west coast is strategically important to the economic development of the Taranaki region. We are seeking a self-motivated; team focused Wharf Services Operator who is an experienced Hiab and forklift operator with the associated rigging skills.


As a Wharf Services Operator you will work within one of our two 8 person teams to provide shipping related services such as mooring operations, Hiab and forklift duties, refuse disposal and gangway related activities to our customers.


You will be working around the shipping schedule so the rostered 4 days on-4 day off duty cycle also includes an on-call component. When rostered on you must be flexible as 24 hour coverage is required.


You will be a member of a tight knit and highly skilled team so must have a proven ability to work collaboratively, have sound communication skills and have the ability to remain calm under pressure.  The position requires adaptability and considerable multiskilling so a passion for continuous learning is essential. 


A high level of fitness, agility and the ability to work in all weather, at heights and on the water is vital.


Other essential skills are: 

  • Full drivers licence including class 2 with F endorsement
  • 5+ years of work experience, ideally in a similar environment
  • Hiab and forklift certification with at least 3 years’ experience, ideally including NZQA Unit Standards: 3795,16617, 10852 & 3789
  • Rigging experience
  • Be able to multi-task, work under pressure and be self-managing
  • A safety conscious approach that encompasses situational awareness, team wellbeing and a commitment to Health and Safety
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

At Port Taranaki we place a strong focus on supporting our staff to grow their talents and capabilities and will provide the successful applicant with further opportunities for training and personal development.


If you can demonstrate that you meet the above key selection criteria, you have a positive can-do attitude and you are motivated to contribute to the overall success of Port Taranaki then apply online now.


Applications must be sumbitted online at QJumpers to be considered and include a CV, cover letter and Application for Employment form.


Click here to apply through QJumpers


If you have any questions please email Catherine at clogiacco@porttaranaki.co.nz


Applications close 5pm Friday 28th September 2018

Contact Us

  •   Port Taranaki Limited
        Port Taranaki Centre
        2-8 Bayly Road
        PO Box 348
        New Plymouth 4340
        New Zealand
  •   +64 6 7510200
  •   +64 6 7510886
  •   info@porttaranaki.co.nz

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Port Taranaki is centrally located on the west coast of the North Island and is one of New Zealand 's key import and export ports.

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