Current vacancies

Work for Coastguard and support our awesome volunteers, saving lives at sea.

We are a voluntary organisation, but our national and regional offices have small teams of operational, managerial, administrative and fundraising staff with one aim - supporting the volunteers who are out there at the sharp end, saving lives at sea.

This section displays current vacancies in our national or regional offices.

(If you are interested in volunteering for Coastguard, please see our volunteering section.)


National Support Fundraiser: Trusts and Foundations

National Office (Parnell, Auckland) 20 hours a week. Listed May 2019. 

The National Support Fundraiser: Trusts and Foundations will work with Coastguard entities across the country and provide fundraising support by helping secure funding from trusts and foundations and other funding bodies. Financial sustainability is a strategic imperative for the organisation, and this role is critical to its success. 

Responsibilities include:

1. National grant funding

  • In consultation with the Head of Marketing and Fundraising, improve the fundraising capability of Coastguard New Zealand (CNZ) by identifying and developing relationships with trusts and foundations and other funding bodies that support national projects.
  • Working closely with the Head of Marketing and take responsibility for aspects of the application to the Lotteries Grants Board Outdoor Safety Committee.
  • Support other major national funding submissions as directed.
  • Manage grant accountability reporting and requests for any variations or extensions.

Performance criteria:

  • New sources of funding sourced.
  • National applications are carried out to agreed timeframes and to a high degree of accuracy.
  • Accountability reports are delivered on time and any variations or extensions actioned in a timely manner.

2. Region and Unit fundraising support

  • Be the first point of contact for inquiries from Coastguard units and regions about trust and foundation funding.
  • As agreed with the Regional Managers, assist with preparing funding applications for regional budgeted costs.
  • Under direction from the Regional Manager, develop relationships within Coastguard units and provide advice and assistance to volunteers responsible for local fundraising.
  • As agreed with Coastguard volunteers, the unit President or Treasurer, identify local funders to apply to for budgeted expenditure for the financial year and assist with preparing funding applications.
  • Assist with accountability reporting for grants at both regional and unit level where appropriate.
  • Maintain records and enter data into the CRM database.
  • Work collaboratively with volunteers providing direction and guidance to increase funds acquired from trusts and foundations, and other fundraising initiatives if appropriate. 

Performance criteria:

  • Working to agreed timeframes, Coastguard units and regions receive appropriate support and response to requests, including regular feedback to Regional Managers on region/unit applications made and funds raised.
  • Funding applications are of a professional standard with a high degree of accuracy and are prepared and submitted within agreed timeframes. 
  • Records of funding maintained and entered accurately into the CRM database. 
  • Regions expectations are managed and adequately supported. 

3. Funder Stewardship 

  • Provide excellent stakeholder care to deliver a positive experience to funders.
  • Maintain and develop good relationships by providing regular updates about Coastguard’s strategic developments and highlights.
  • Provide updates about projects funded and impacts of funder grants.
  • Ensure trusts and foundations are appropriately acknowledged and thanked for their support of Coastguard

Performance criteria:

  • Trust and foundation requests and queries are resolved to agreed timeframes.
  • Funders receive Coastguard updates, relevant Coastguard press releases, Annual Reports, Industry announcements and other relevant information to keep them engaged and informed of national priorities and developments.
  • Funders receive reports about the impact/outcome of their grant wherever possible.
  • Acknowledgement letters are prepared in conjunction with the unit/region/CEO promptly.
  • Funders are stewarded appropriately receiving invitations to Coastguard units and events, and are acknowledged in our Annual Report, website, Facebook and other media.

4. Trust and Foundation management and insight 

  • Provide accurate and informative reports for Manager and CNZ Board as requested.
  • Liaise with Regional Managers to plan for strategic funding priorities for large trusts and foundations.
  • Analyse trust and foundation giving across the sector to better understand trends and share these with the wider team to inform future planning.

Performance criteria:

  • Reports submitted to schedule.
  • Annual strategic priorities are agreed within required timeframes.
  • Reports are produced and findings discussed with Managers.
  • Evidence of working with volunteers, providing them with direction and guidance to increase funds acquired from trusts and foundations, and other initiatives.  

5. Team Support

  • Manage the delivery of Coastguard volunteers Long Term Service Award Certificates.
  • To participate and work cooperatively as a member of the Fundraising and wider Coastguard team carrying out other tasks as directed.
  • To be involved in projects and/or project management as requested by the CEO, or Head of Marketing and Fundraising, in order to assist in the smooth operation of the Marketing and Fundraising Team.

Performance criteria: 

  • Long Term Service Awards are managed effectively.
  • Contribution to team cohesion, productivity and effectiveness.
  • Support is delivered to staff and volunteers.
  • Assist with and answer ad-hoc queries from staff and volunteers, escalating issues to manager as appropriate.

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with raising funds from trusts and foundations 
  • Three years’ plus experience preferred in a not for profit organisation
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Experience in stakeholder care
  • Knowledge and experience of supporter management systems, CRM desirable, and competent with Microsoft Office programmes
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Self-motivated
  • A tertiary qualification is desirable and preferably in business, marketing or fundraising - and/or lots of fundraising experience
  • Ability to pitch in as required

We are looking for someone with good judgement, a high level of professionalism and the desire to make a difference in the charity sector to join our hardworking and friendly team.  

Click here for the job description (PDF). To apply please send a covering letter and your CV to the recruiting manager. Applications close 10 June. 


Fundraising Executive

Fundraising Team, National Office (Parnell, Auckland) 40 hours per week.

The Fundraising Executive is responsible for managing a range of fundraising activities, including appeals and newsletters, supporter retention and development campaigns, and digital marketing/fundraising initiatives.

Reporting to the Fundraising Manager and working in a small team in a pleasant working environment in Parnell, Auckland, the role is hands-on with a great opportunity for the right person to demonstrate their flair for planning, copywriting, segmentation, creating digital content, managing suppliers and engaging Coastguard supporters. Click here for the full job description.

We're looking for:

  • Understanding of fundraising, planning and outcomes.
  • Good communication skills, with experience of writing fundraising copy.
  • Experience of working with data and databases, including writing data briefs, and using segmentation for targeted messaging.
  • Experience of producing creative marketing or fundraising campaigns, and briefing and managing design, print and mailing suppliers.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and ClickDimensions/Mailchimp or similar eDM software.
  • Organised, with good time management and project management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and project manage diverse activities.
  • Initiative and the ability to work unsupervised.
  • Tertiary qualification (communications, marketing or fundraising preferred). 
  • 2-3 years’ experience in a fundraising or marketing environment, preferably in a direct marketing role.

To apply please send a covering letter and your CV to the recruiting manager. Applications will be considered on receipt.


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