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Energy sector jobs

Share the excitement and opportunities of a growing, frontier territory – with a lifestyle you just won’t find anywhere else.

Just like all other rational concerned modern nations, New Zealand is transitioning away from fossil fuels, with a government plan to be carbon net zero by 2050.

But far from this being the end of the Energy sector, it is an exciting time. Change brings challenges and risks, but also tremendous opportunity.

The government’s energy strategy includes investing in new technologies and infrastructure, like Ara Ake – the National New Energy Development Centre in Taranaki – the home of new energy.

Where New Zealand differs from most global energy destinations is that it is based in an environment that is very conducive to lifestyle and offers some of the finest outdoor and recreational opportunities in the world without the challenges of a desert or huge city location. 

That’s what you can look forward to when you bring your skills to New Zealand.

Oil gas jobs in NZ

Taranaki, New Zealand

Developing industry

The Taranaki region, long the centre of the New Zealand Oil industry, has the experience, infrastructure and services to underpin new sustainable energy development.

The New Zealand energy sector must both continue to support a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy while also developing and implementing the new energy economy that will take New Zealand into the second half of the 21st century.

These are big challenges that will require imagination, commitment and courage – and that will bring with them big rewards.

New Zealand businesses in the energy sector are on the lookout now for creative motivated professionals, to synthesise and lead the country towards this successful sustainable future.

Initial government funding of $27 million, with further funding of $25 million per year will be added to private sector commitments of comparable value.

Investment in transformative energy projects will help kick-start a post-COVID rebuild, creating more than 20,000 jobs.


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Taranaki based


All this is putting further pressures on employers who are having to look internationally to bridge the skills gap.


Energy industry skill sneeded

New Zealand’s changing energy industry offers a diverse range of jobs and careers, with the encouragement of greenfields opportunities and competitive pay rates.  Jobs range from entry-level field workers to specialised careers in geosciences and engineering, to corporate positions such as accountancy and marketing.

Recent work opportunities include: 

  • civil/structural designers and design technicians
  • engineering internships
  • extract transform load (ETL) specialist
  • HSE advisor
  • mobile crane operator
  • network dispatch operator
  • planner/scheduler
  • project engineering manager
  • project professionals
  • safety watch staff
  • senior business analyst
  • systems support technician.

Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages. As the energy sector moves forward an increasing variety of established and new skillsets will be rquired.  

If you are offered a job which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier. This is because the Government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.

But if your job is not on a shortage list, don’t be disheartened. There are other work and resident visa options.

Skill shortage skill checker | Immigration New Zealand

Job sites to explore


Visa options

There are various types of visas that you may be eligible to apply for. Work visas are for a temporary stay in New Zealand, but some can lead to residence. Resident visas, such as the Skilled Migrant Category, allow you to stay indefinitely and enjoy more of our state-funded public services.

Visas to work in New Zealand

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