Situation Vacant – Port Chaplain Auckland/Sailors’ Society National Chaplain

Situation Vacant

Full time position – joint role, Sailors’ Society Port Chaplain Auckland and Sailors’ Society National Chaplain

Sailors’ Society New Zealand is a non-denominational Christian organisation working for the welfare of seafarers in, and visiting, New Zealand. The Society is allied to Sailor’s Society, a UK based international charity.  There are four independent groups based in various NZ ports who are a part of the Society

This is a new role, replacing the Sailors’ Society Port Chaplain in Auckland who has recently retired, and combined with a new position as the Society’s National Director in New Zealand.  The position will be based at the Seafarers Centre in Quay Street Auckland.

As Auckland Port Chaplain, the successful candidate will fulfil the Auckland group’s obligations and commitment as a partner in the Auckland International Seafarers’ Centre by ship visiting, manning the Centre to an agreed roster – including some evenings and weekends – and providing on-call chaplaincy services to seafarers of all genders, nationalities, creeds etc. in the ports of Auckland. 

As NZ National Director the successful candidate will be responsible for working with, and supporting, the existing society groups in NZ ports, and developing work in other ports where there is a need – either in association with the other seafarers’ welfare groups or independently as appropriate. The chaplain will be responsible for liaising with the Directors of the other seafarers’ welfare groups in NZ (specifically the Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea), port companies and government agencies. He/She will be required to build links with, and promote the Society to, churches and church bodies such as Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Salvation Army and other protestant churches. The chaplain will be the country link with the Sailors’ Society Crisis Response Network ( and promote its wellness-at-sea and other programmes.

The position will be managed in an overall sense as one of the approximately 120 international chaplains by Sailors’ Society based in Southampton, England including complying with the reporting regimen of the society. A local committee will supervise the chaplain, manage the day to day reports and oversee the work in New Zealand.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to chaplaincy and an affinity with seafarers of all nationalities. He/She should be an ordained minister of a protestant church or be similarly qualified and must be, or be willing to become, a worshipping member of a protestant church.

Limited travel around New Zealand and overseas will be required.

The position will involve ship visiting, thus a high degree of mobility and fitness is required.

A modest relocation allowance will be paid to a candidate who is not resident in Auckland. Stipend and allowances will approximate to the scale of the NZ Baptist Union.

The successful candidate must be eligible to reside and work in New Zealand and a high proficiency in English is required.

For application form and more details email:
or write to
              PO Box 35401, Browns Bay, Auckland 0753

Applications Close 25 February 2019