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Mate – San Aotea II

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Together at Sanford we are proud of our extensive seafood history and our position as New Zealand’s largest integrated fishing and aquaculture business. Our vision is to be leaders in NZ seafood - achieving this through a value led approach of care, passion, and integrity in all that we do.

Our Deep-Water Fleet operate out of Timaru. Our fleet includes deep-sea trawlers, scampi vessels and long liners which target fisheries both in NZ and as far away as the Ross Sea.

The Opportunity: This is an independent contractor (self-employment) opportunity onboard the San Aotea II, one of Sanford's Deep Water Longliner Fishing Vessels where, as mate you will be responsible for supporting the Skipper to lead the at sea operation and management of the vessel and crew to produce high quality NZ Seafood.

To Be Successful: The San Aotea II team has a strong values led culture, where people are the operations most important asset. To be successful in this role the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of yourself and your team must always come first.

You will have a strong work ethic, excellent communication skills and the ability to build an engaged and high performing team. With proven experience, knowledge and success predominantly in the Toothfish and Ling fisheries, you will excel in passing on this knowledge to others through education and hands on training.

“Fit” will be one of the determining success factors of this opportunity so if you’re a proven leader, a team player, can lead from the front and take pride in your work, your next voyage could start here with Sanford.


  • MFV or equivalent
  • Current Maritime Medical
  • A values led approach of care, passion, and integrity in everything you do
  • The ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the operation
  • The ability to adapt quickly and positively to change and to bring people on a change journey
  • An understanding and compliance to all relevant NZ Legislation including MOSS, HSWA, Fisheries Act/regulation and MPI food safety
  • Experience operating in the Ross Sea would be advantageous
  • Experience with longlining operations of a vessel of this size and complexity
  • An active and engaged management approach towards Health, Safety and Wellbeing outcomes and culture
  • An understanding of and experience in General Management, Reporting and Computer Skills
  • Leadership skills to run a 24 hour/day complex operation with a diverse workforce
  • A passion for playing your part in delivering high quality NZ seafood to the world

In Return:

  • Trip on, trip off contract schedule with competitive remuneration
  • Contracting your services to a company that is focused on supporting people to develop their career pathway

Applications: If you are passionate the above position and think you are up to the challenge, please forward a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and background by clicking the "APPLY NOW" button.

To be considered for this contract opportunity you need hold New Zealand residency status. As part of our contractor engagement process pre-engagement checks may include a criminal history check, drug and alcohol testing and a medical assessment.

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