Paid Lifeguard Service

During the peak summer season Surf Life Saving in the Northern Region employs lifeguards to patrol 22 locations Monday to Friday, with some locations 7 days a week. This is known as the Paid Lifeguard Service and it is designed to augment volunteer patrols by providing coverage throughout the week and where volunteer patrols do not exist.

The service operates every weekday and includes Christmas and New Year’s Day. The service runs from December through to March for the busier patrol locations, and mid-December through to February for the majority of the others.

Surf Life Saving Northern Region seeks appropriately qualified and experienced Lifeguards to fill positions each season.

All Lifeguards applying to be must have a good level of fitness, have good surf lifesaving knowledge and experience, be able to work well within a team environment, be able to think and respond under pressure and be dedicated to fill the roster for this period (including Christmas and New Year’s).


Paid Lifeguards:

For those seeking fixed-term or casual work as paid lifeguards in Northern Region, including RWC Operators. This link is for new and returning Paid Lifeguards.

Documentation you will require to complete this application includes a CV and a cover letter.

Additional required documentation, to enable us to complete the Police Vetting process, are 2 x forms of identification, one primary and one secondary (one of which must be photographic).

Primary IDs include:

  • Passport (NZ or Overseas)
  • NZ Firearms Licence
  • NZ Full Birth Certificate (issued on or after 1998])
  • NZ Citizenship Certificate
  • NZ Refugee Travel Document
  • NZ Emergency Travel Document
  • NZ Certificate of Identity


Secondary IDs include:

  • NZ Driver Licence
  • 18+ card
  • NZ Full Birth Certificate (issued before 1998)
  • Community Services card
  • SuperGold Card
  • NZ Employee Photo Identification Card
  • NZ Student Photo Identification Card
  • NZ Inland Revenue number
  • NZ issued utility bill (issued not more than six months earlier)
  • NZ Teachers Registration certificate
  • NZ Electoral Roll Record
  • International Driving Permit
  • Steps to Freedom Form

Current identity documents are preferred, but documents that have expired within the past five years may be accepted. Please upload photos of ID.

As part of this application there will be a medical standards questionnaire. It is designed to assess your ability to safely undertake the operational duties of these services. It is not designed to exclude or discourage you from working in a regional capacity.


Position Descriptions:

Please view the below documents for the relevant position descriptions.

PLS Lifeguard Grade 1-2

PLS Senior Lifeguard Grade 3

PD PLS Vice-Patrol-Captain

PD PLS Patrol-Captain

Application Form:

To apply for any of the above roles, please follow the below link to submit your application:

2022-23 SLSNR Paid Lifeguard Service Application Form


International Applicants:

For all international applicants, please ensure you read the information sheet then apply through the link below.

2022-23 SLSNR Paid Lifeguard Service Application Form

Please use Google Chrome as the preferred web browser to apply.


All applications close Friday 16th September 2022.

For further questions or information please contact SLSNR Lifesaving Support Officer Bryce Pearce (

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