Sport Bay of Plenty


Sport Bay of Plenty's vision is to inspire and enable the Bay of Plenty to be the most active community in New Zealand. To achieve this mission our staff have the knowledge, experience and passion to lead the sector, and we occasionally seek the right people to join the team.

Below is a list of vacancies currently available at Sport Bay of Plenty. All applications must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae and a completed Sport Bay of Plenty application form.

See the listing for details of how to apply.


Employment opportunities with Sport Bay of Plenty


Community Sport Advisor-Tauranga-Full Time

• Opportunity to support community sport
• Advocate and influence sport and recreation decision makers
• Make sport accessible for everyone

Sport Bay of Plenty is seeking an exceptional Community Sport Advisor to provide leadership, advice and guidance to local sporting organisations to enhance the quality and delivery of sport within Tauranga.
You will work closely with Tauranga City Council to ensure the development of Tauranga’s sporting infrastructure. Experience and knowledge of the sport and recreation sector is essential and knowledge of Council processes is preferable. Exceptional facilitation and communication skills are required and the ability to build effective working relationships and partnerships with sporting organisations, council, volunteers and the wider community.

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Please apply via Seek Here.

Applications must include a covering letter. If you have any questions please contact Zane Jensen 027 222 5690

Applications close Friday 2nd March 5pm.


Office Administrator - Tauranga - Full Time

Seeking employment in a fun energising environment?

Sport Bay of Plenty is seeking a professional and friendly person, with great customer service and administration skills.

If you possess the following range of skills, we look forward to receiving your application:

• Great interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate well
• Outstanding reception skills
• Excellent time management, with the ability to prioritise
• Accurate computer and data entry skills including Website CMS
• Ability to be flexible and multi task
• A high level of innovation and self-motivation

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Any queries regarding the position should be made to Lisa Dangen, Operations Team Leader on 027 467 2320 or

Please apply via seek Here

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter before your application can be processed.
Applications Close on Monday 5th March at 12noon. Interviews will take place on Monday 12th March at Sport BOP, 406 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.


Sport Manager - based in any of the three offices - Rotorua/Whakatane/Tauranga - Full Time

• Senior management role
• Advocacy, relationship management
• Mix of strategy and operations

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced people leader to play an influential role across the Bay of Plenty sport and recreation sector. The Sport Manager sits on the executive Leadership team, reports to the CEO and leads a talented team responsible for developing robust and effective sporting systems across sport codes, clubs, schools, councils and youth teams.
We are looking for someone who is first and foremost a highly skilled people leader, able to grow, develop and motivate others. Sector experience, knowledge of sporting structures – ideally in New Zealand, excellent relationship development skills, a strategic outlook and the ability to spot funding opportunities are all critical. Prior experience in the sport and recreation is required.

Knowledge of sporting systems within the education sector, council planning processes, and a passion to personally drive superb health and safety process throughout the organization will help you thrive in this role. You will need to be passionate about the vision of “enriching lives through sport and recreation”.

Sport Bay of Plenty is committed to excellence in what we do, is a supportive place to work and we pride ourselves on offering a flexible work environment. This role can be based at any of our offices in Tauranga, Rotorua or Whakatane and some travel is required throughout the region.

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If you have questions about this role, please contact Heidi Lichtwark, CEO, on 027 437 2931.

Please apply via our advertisement on Seek Here.

Applications close 12pm on Monday 12th March. Interviews will be held on 26th and 27th March.


Other Employment Opportunities


Young People Advisor- Full Time- Sport Wanganui

Sport Whanganui has an exciting new opportunity for an enthusiastic professional to join the Sport Whanganui Young People Team. The objective of the Young People Advisor is to increase the number of young people participating in organised sport and events.

To achieve this the Young People Advisor will be required to:
 Coordinate and deliver development opportunities to providers of sport and recreation.
 Support Early Childhood and Primary School providers to increase and improve physical literacy outcomes.
 Work with young people in the community to improve opportunities and experiences in sport and recreation.
 Support and develop new and existing programmes and events for young people.
 Lead and advocate collaboration between schools, sports clubs and other providers.

This is a full time position, and applicants will ideally have a tertiary qualification and/or experience in education or sport management.

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To apply:- Download an Application Form Here

Attach the completed Application Form, along with your CV & covering letter and send to: Sport Whanganui, Business Manager, Karen Bukholt, PO Box 516, Wanganui or email to:

Applications close: 5pm Friday 23rd February 2018


Operations Manager-Full Time- Upper Central Zone Rugby League

The Upper Central Zone Rugby League is in search of a "smooth operator". With our annual calendar full of activities and events, we are looking for an enthusiastic professional who will manage the delivery of key Rugby League events and the general operational needs of the organisation.

This role requires someone who can take an idea, develop the plan and execute it with precision.

We invite applications from people who demonstrate:

Leadership in a team environment.
Strong project and event management skills and experience in managing volunteers.
High levels of organisational, administrative, planning and reporting skills.
A meticulous eye for detail.
Outstanding communication and networking competencies.
Confidence in presenting to large groups.
Good customer service skills (listening, communication and mediation skills).
Ability to remain calm and perform under pressure while managing a busy workload.
Ability to work well as part of a team and willing to "get your hands dirty".
A "get the job done" attitude.

A CV accompanied with a covering letter can be emailed to

For a Job Description or any enquiries should be directed to Mel Bennett - General Manager,

Applications close at 12.00pm, Friday 2nd March. Successful applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday 7th or Thursday 8th of March at Sport Bay of Plenty in Tauranga.

Skills and experience

Strong project management skills and experience in managing volunteers.
High levels of organisational, administrative, planning and reporting skills.
Outstanding communication and networking competencies.
Follows and understands the importance of safe financial management practices.
Good customer service skills (listening, communication and mediation skills).
Able to remain calm and perform under pressure.
Able to work well as part of a team and/or unsupervised.


Tertiary qualification in preferably sport management, event management or relevant experience.
Experience in project and event management.


Liz van Welie Aquatics

Liz van Welie Aquatics is a very busy Swim School and coaching program catering to groups from parents and babies through to school age and on to elite swimming. Since opening in April 2017 we have experienced signifcant growth and seek to cover current and additional hours in delivery from April 30th 2018 (Term 2)

We seek to recruit staff with strong and positive personal qualities to work with children and their families throughout the week and or including weekends.

We are looking for staff with experience in teaching or working with babies and parents through to those who could teach school age with more stroke specifics across freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
Full training will be provided during April. While qualifications and or swimming experience will be a bonus it is not necessary, it is good character and personal qualities that children and parents relate to and we employ.

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Application form are available from

Applications close Friday 23rd March 2018


To check out more employment opportunities within the Sport and Recreation industry visit the SportNZ website or NZ Recreation Association website

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