Stabicraft, Southland

Work in Southland


Southland is a great place to work. There are opportunities for specialists in industries such as medicine and engineering, as well as agriculture and professional services.

Working in New Zealand

To work in New Zealand you must have:

  • Citizenship of New Zealand or Australia or hold Australian residency, or

  • A residence visa, work visa or variation of conditions which allows you to work on a student or visitor visa.

Contact Immigration New Zealand for more information on gaining a visa to work in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) provides an overview of some the minimum rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. It is important that you understand your rights as an employee in New Zealand.

Finding a job in Southland

There are a number of different options you can take when looking for a job in Southland, New Zealand.  It is estimated that 70% of jobs are filled without being advertised. Of the 30% that are advertised, most appear on job websites or in the local newspapers.

In a region the size of Southland, it is generally quite easy to make your own networks or join established networks both professional and personal. New Zealand's informal nature and way of doing things should make this even easier.  Don't be afraid to use all your social and professional connections to make yourself known - you never know when this may lead to an offer of employment!

Job search websites

There are numerous websites that list general vacancies across Southland and New Zealand; we have listed the main New Zealand sites below:

Local Southland recruitment/employment companies

You can contact these local companies to provide them with your CV so they can approach local employers on your behalf:


The Southland Times advertises jobs in its Wednesday and Saturday editions.  Local community papers such as the Southland Express, The Eye, The Ensign and The Fiordland Advocate also carry job advertisements.