Cargo Handlers

Port Otago is a major export hub of the lower South Island, providing a full range of port related services from its Port Chalmers and Dunedin facilities. The business is solid, has a safety-focused, practical culture and offers growth opportunities for people wanting to progress.

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 people 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 not essential as full training is provided.

Now let's be honest:

What's great about the job:

  • Average income of $75,000 with a guaranteed 3% salary increase for the next year
  • Opportunities for upskilling and career development
  • Health insurance paid for you and your partner and dependent children (valued at $2,500pa)
  • Superannuation matched up to 7%

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
  • 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.