Cargo Handlers

Port Otago Group’s business comprises a regional container terminal, bulk port activities, cruise, and property investment and development. We service South Canterbury, Otago, and Southland, working with customers to streamline their supply chains. Our culture is hands-on, safety focused and encourages continuous improvement.

As a Cargo Handler your primary role is operating heavy machinery, transporting containers around our yard plus other duties in Port Chalmers and Dunedin. We are looking for women and men who are comfortable working outside in all weather conditions, at heights and can balance shift work with their lifestyle.

Previous experience operating heavy machinery will be highly regarded although this is not essential as full training will be provided for women and men who are enthusiastic about beginning a career in the logistics industry. Shortlisted applicants will be taken through a computer-based assessment initially to see if you have got what it takes to operate heavy machinery.

While the port industry has traditionally attracted men, times are changing. We strongly encourage women to apply and investigate this opportunity.

Now let's be honest:

What's great about the job:

  • Competitive remuneration package on offer
  • Contribution towards relocation costs up to $5k to Dunedin are on offer for our successful candidates who live outside of Dunedin
  • Opportunities for upskilling and career development
  • 5 weeks of annual leave
  • Health insurance paid for you and your partner and dependent children (valued at $3,740pa)
  • Superannuation matched up to 7% after 6 months service
  • Work alongside and learn from a fantastic team
  • An exceptional view from your workplace
  • We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect

What's not so great:

  • You must be flexible to work either day, afternoon or night shifts over a week, including weekends and public holidays across any of our 3 shifts
  • Port Otago is an essential service, so our team doesn’t stop
  • Due to the nature of shipping and weather you will be allocated your shift on a daily basis
  • Your days off may be staggered during the week

Heads up:

  • A full clean NZ Drivers licence is essential
  • A high standard of safety - not afraid to speak up
  • You must be able to pass Ministry of Justice, ACC checks and a medical which includes a drug and alcohol test as part of our recruitment process
  • Random drug and alcohol testing


If this sounds like you, please check out our vacancies to see if we are actively recruiting for this role.