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Jobsuche in Neuseeland

In Neuseeland gibt es viele saisonale und temporäre Jobmöglichkeiten für Work & Traveller – wir erklären Euch nachfolgend die üblichen Bereiche.

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Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a world wide network where volunteers (so called WWOOFers) in a form of cultural exchange  live and work on a organic farm and learn about the skills of organic growing and the area they are visiting. Farm work or WWOOFing is very popular for backpackers. In return for free food and accommodation you can work on a farm doing 4-6 hours work a day.

Before a host will accept you as a guest you must become a member of the WWOOF organisation. Our Auszeit Neuseeland Work & Travel module includes a free WWOOF membership and you will receive your WWOOF account details from us.

For more information visit: wwoof.nz

Usually in return for free accommodation you can get yourself a job in a backpacker hostel (mainly cleaning and reception duties). This is a great way to meet new people and maybe to score some free activities.

Every year the New Zealand fruit industry employs thousands of seasonal workers to assist with the harvesting and packing of fruit crops. Employment in the New Zealand fruit industry is available year round; however the peak requirements occur between December and May.

Usually no experience is necessary for starting an orchard job as you will get on the job training. While accommodation is often arranged with near hostels some orchards offer cheap accommodation that gives you the chance to save some money (don’t expect luxury apartments though!).

You can expect to earn NZ$200 to NZ$400 per week. Pickers get paid by the quantity of fruit they pick and packers usually get hourly wages. It would be useful to have a car because most orchards are situated out of town.

To work on an orchard you will need a valid work permit (your Working Holiday Visa), an Inland Revenue (IRD) Tax Number, and a New Zealand bank account for your wages.

A good level of physical fitness is required for most positions especially the outdoor work in the orchards. We recommend that you plan to work a minimum of several weeks to allow for a period of training and to maximise your earnings. Most positions require you to work Monday to Friday, eight hours per day. During the harvest season longer hours of work may be required but there is also the opportunity to earn more money.

Harvest Regions: Northland – All Year Round, Auckland – January to May, Waikato – January to May, Bay Of Plenty – All Year Round, Gisborne – November to May, Hawke’s Bay – November to July, Nelson – December to May, Marlborough – December to May, Canterbury – December to May and Otago – December to May.

Bar and restaurant work is available in nearly every place in New Zealand – as waitressing staff, kitchen hand or bar staff. Some prior experience is a big advantage!

HelpX is an online listing of farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpacker hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term and work in exchange for food and accommodation.

Primarily HelpX is provided as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who would like the opportunity during their travels abroad, to stay with local people and gain practical experience.

The helper works an average of 4 hours per day and receives free accommodation and meals for their efforts. Some hosts only offer accommodation and therefore usually ask for less help in return.

To participate in HelpX you need to sign up as a helper and create your own profile.

During the winter season a variety of job opportunities are available in ski resorts. New Zealand boasts some of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges and offers some of the best skiing in the southern hemisphere. If you are tired of backpacking and want to settle somewhere for a while, the winter ski season is a good time to do it. Because the ski areas aren’t the huge on-site ski resorts that you’ll find in Europe and North America, the norm is to stay in a nearby town and commute daily to the slopes. The slopes are just as good though and the nearby towns offer plenty of après-ski action! The NZ ski season runs roughly from the middle of June to early October but you may find some ski areas opening earlier and going later, depending on weather and snow conditions.

The North Island is dominated by volcanic-slope skiing and most people head to Mt. Ruapehu, which is one of three massive volcanoes that make up Tongariro National Park. Whakapapa and Turoa are the two main ski fields there.

Most of the skiing in New Zealand is on the South Island and the majority of international skiers head to the towns of Queenstown and Wanaka. The major ski resorts in this area are Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Treble Cone and The Remarkables. Also nearby is the southern hemisphere’s first specialised freestyle resort, Snow Park. Further north on the South Island, and certainly not to be overlooked, are Mount Hutt and Porters, both situated in the Canterbury region. The Nelson Lakes National Park also offers skiing opportunities and the Canterbury region has plenty of smaller club fields too which are accessible to the public.

Wie finde ich in Neuseeland einen Job?

  • Daily Newspapers: It is best to look in a local newspaper for regional job offers. Every bigger city in New Zealand has its own newspaper. If you are looking for a job Wednesday and Saturday editions are best. Usually the ad will provide you with the name of the contact person and a phone number.
  • Going door-to-door: Shops and cafes will sometimes have signs up to say there are vacancies. Just go inside, introduce yourself and talk to the owner. Sometimes it helps just to ask – there might be jobs available if you are lucky.
  • Notices on Boards: Check out notice boards in hostels, supermarkets, Information Centres, libraries, pubs and cafes.
  • Signs on the road: This is particularly for orchard (fruit-picking) work. Just drive along the roads where the orchards are located and watch out for signs saying “Now hiring”, „Vacancy“ or something similar. During the picking season there will be a lot of signs along the road saying that orchards need fruit-pickers. If you don’t have a car, just call in at orchards to see if they have work.

Lebenslauf - Curriculum vitae (CV)

Bevor es für Dich in Neuseeland mit der Jobsuche losgehen kann, solltest Du einen Lebenslauf (in Neuseeland bekannt als Curriculum Vitae, kurz „CV“) verfassen wie er in Neuseeland üblich ist (ohne Foto, ohne Geburtsdatum etc.!). Du kannst Dir dazu gerne diese Vorlage herunterladen und entsprechend anpassen.

Sobald Du Deinen CV erstellt hast, kannst Du ihn an unser Team schicken, das diesen dann Korrektur liest und Dir Feedback gibt.

Dress code

No matter if you are WWOOFing, fruit-picking or working in hospitality – wear the right dress for the right job! Here is a quick Kiwi dress code guide:

It’s pretty conservative in New Zealand’s offices: Dark trousers, white shirts and a tie for gentlemen; coat, skirt, pumps and nylons for the ladies. Kiwis tend to be “overdressed” in the office and wear what Europeans would consider for going to the opera. Check major shopping streets in NZ at lunch time to get an idea – then go shopping for your office dress.

If you want to work on a farm pack 2-3 old, long trousers (if possible cotton) and 3-4 old, long-sleeve shirts. Or stock up on cheap clothes at discounters like The Warehouse. After the job you can usually bin your stuff.

Make sure to get some cheep, compact and comfortable work shoes. Solid work boots are a must – don’t use your expensive hiking boots! You can buy solid and cheap work books at The Warehouse.

In contrast to farm work, you can work on NZ’s construction sites in shorts. Make sure your work boots come with a steel cap though. Unfortunately you have to pay around NZ$ 150 for them but without you are not allowed to work on construction sites. Usually you will get all other necessary gear, including a helmet, at work.

Slip, slop, slap and wrap
No matter if you are fruit-picking, working on a construction site or kayaking – always wear something to cover your shoulders and head! Because of the high UV rate in New Zealand you can get sun burned within a few minutes. Apply sun block regularly – even the toughest Kiwi blokes do it!