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Working in the Oil and Gas Industry

The New Zealand oil and gas industry provides a diverse range of jobs and careers, with global opportunities and pay rates that often rank well against other industries.

Jobs within the industry range from entry-level field workers to specialized careers in geosciences and engineering to corporate positions such as accountancy and marketing. Download a useful brochure here

Looking for a job in the O&G industry?

For current job opportunities in the oil and gas industry view our free listing of vacancies on the Energystream site. 

These vacancies are also posted on Venture Taranaki's jobs web site which promotes a wide range of jobs from all types of industries in Taranaki.

You can also post your CV on Venture Taranaki's jobs site.

A number of private recruitment agencies are also involved in recruiting oil and gas industry people for clients in New Zealand:

More general recruitment site can also offer an insight into jobs in and around the industry:

Are You an Employer Wanting to Recruit O&G Employees?

Vacancies in the oil and gas industry can be listed on the above recruitment sites, and Venture Taranaki can promote your Taranaki-located jobs for free.

Venture Taranaki, Taranaki's Regional Develoment Agency, can also assist you with work/live toolkits and other support information and services to help you locate the talent you require. Contact details are here:

Immigration New Zealand has an employer hub page on their web site and has released a web based tool for employers to locate potential employees from offshore.

Called “Skill Finder”, the programme connects employers with Immigration New Zealand‟s database of overseas people who have registered their interest in living and working in New Zealand. Employers can search the database for people with the skills they need, by using filters such as occupation, country and years of experience. For further information, visit here


Great reasons for Working and Living in the oil and gas industry in New Zealand:

The McCallums relocated to Taranaki to work in the oil and gas industry from overseas. Learn more about why they enjoy being here so much:

about the range of jobs in the New Zealand oil and gas industry can be found at the New Zealand Petroleum Skills Association site. The site also features information on a range of career possibilities.

Shell Todd Oil Services also have some useful case studies including examples of careers and insights of lifestyles of those working in the industry here

Industry qualifications and training

Courses and training for the oil and gas industry can vary by occupation, so it is advisable to research education options well in advance of starting a career in the industry. The right training and education can fast-track an exciting career in this progressive industry.

Private training organisations who also undertake specialist industry training include:

  • Vause Training - a unique facility that provides a training setting complete with classroom, workshop and 'real life' simulation setting of an oil/gas well with christmas tree in New Plymouth
  • Wood Group M&O - who provdie training in areas such as Health and Safety, BOSIET (off shore safety) and HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training)

A number of scholarship and apprenticeship opportunities exist, including:

A list of scholarships is also available from the Petroleum Skills Association here

International recruitment

New Zealand operates a centralized Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and an Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL). Working in New Zealand and meeting the LTSSL requirements, may improve eligibility for residence through the Work to Residence (Long Term Skill Shortage List) policy, or the Skilled Migrant Category. The ISSL is only used in relation to temporary work policy. The lists can be searched here.

For further support and advice

The Petroleum Skills Association takes an active role in fostering talent in the industry, attracting skilled people to New Zealand and encouraging youth to consider a career in the oil and gas industry.

MITO is the New Zealand industry training organisation focusing on the extractive industries including aspects of the O&G industry.

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki is the Taranaki region’s tertiary training institution.  

General careers advice is available from Career Services.

General immigration advise is available from Immigration New Zealand.