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Yachting New Zealand positions available

Kaiwhakahaere | Education Lead

Join Yachting New Zealand and make a real impact in education and the environment. We have an exciting full-time position to oversee our new schools' programme RŪNĀ as well as supporting the implementation of our environmental strategy. 

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and organised candidate with experience in planning, project implementation and curriculum development who also has a passion for the water and the environment to join our team at Yachting New Zealand. We’re the national sports organisation for sailing and boating in New Zealand, from grassroots through to high performance, so we’re equally interested in harvesting Olympic champions as environmental ones.

We recently reinvented the way we engage with schools and Kura throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by developing a schools’ programme called RŪNĀ (follow your star) that uses an integrated, experiential curriculum that helps Kiwi kids develop water skills while researching local history (Korinorino), harnessing the power of the wind (Kōkōkaha) and restoring marine ecosystems (Moanamana). The remarkable success of introducing the Kōkōkaha module in 2021 and Kōrinorino in 2023 has laid a solid foundation for future growth and expansion. 

The successful applicant will support the ongoing implementation of Kōkōkaha and help coordinate the sailing experiences delivered alongside that by our RŪNA providers. You'll play a crucial part in implementing our final module Moanamana. Your expertise in curriculum design, website engagement, and teacher resource development will be highly valuable. 

As part of our environmental strategy, you'll help implement initiatives and support our network of clubs and class associations as they adopt more environmentally friendly practices. While you don't need to be David Attenborough, a genuine love for the environment is essential, along with strong computer and communication skills. 

Make a difference with Yachting New Zealand and help shape the future of education and the environment. 

Key accountabilities of the role include: 

  • Oversee and manage Yachting New Zealand’s engagement with schools 

  • Coordinate the implementation of Yachting New Zealand’s environmental strategic objectives 

  • Manage RŪNĀ service delivery and content   

  • Coordinate and support the network of RŪNĀ providers  

  • Support the development and implementation of additional RŪNĀ modules 

  • Support the of the integration of schools’ engagement with Yachting New Zealand’s environmental strategy  

  • Conduct all activities in line with Yachting New Zealand’s Strategic Plan, Operational Plans and Budgets. 

  • Support funding applications and club capability 

To be successful in your application, you will have: 

  • An understanding of, and experience working in the schooling sector, including knowledge of curriculum development strategies, and placed based curriculum implementation principles  

  • Commitment to the principles of Tiriti o Waitangi and to understanding Tikanga and te Reo Māori  

  • Understanding of Education Outside the Classroom practices including risk and safety management procedures 

  • Experience in environmental education and sustainability preferred, but not essential  

  • Strong relationship management skills 

  • Strong capability in the use of a range of information technologies including the use of cloud-based content management and customer relationship systems 

  • Innovative and creative marketer including the effective use of social media  

  • A passion for sailing and the ocean

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to

Posted: Friday, 19 May 2023.

Other positions available

Digital communications and content creator - Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is looking for a proactive, outgoing and talented Digital communications and content creator.

It’s an exciting time to join this organisation, as current holders of the America’s Cup, you’ll help to bring the ‘buzz’ alive for members and the public.

The successful candidate will serve as the RNZYS’ #1 fan – passionate to share the stories, photos, videos, and club news with the world via social media, e-newsletters, the website, blog articles and more.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Posted: Wednesday, 17 May 2023 


Production sailmaker - North Sails

North Sails is looking to fill the production sailmaker role at our Auckland loft.

The sailmaker works as part of the production team building sails for all types of yachts.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Measure, spread, and detail molded sail blanks.
  • Cut, fabricate, install, and sew materials and parts to sails.
  • Stick up sail panels.
  • Assist junior sailmakers through their apprenticeship.


  • 4 years of sailmaking experience.
  • Proficient with hand tools.
  • Able to lift 30kg on a regular basis.
  • An eye for detail.

Job Type

  • Full-time

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to

Posted: Wednesday, 19 April 2023.