Jobs in Gisborne

Agriculture has been Gisborne region's most important industry since earliest settlement.

Gisborne is a small economy underpinned by an export-focused agriculture sector.

However, agriculture has diversified over the years and now forestry, viticulture, horticulture and industries such as food processing are becoming increasingly important.

Home to an estimated 1.0 per cent of the national population in the year ending June 2018, Gisborne provided 0.9 per cent of national employment, and contributed 0.7 per cent to national GDP.

Source: Statistics New Zealand data, 2018

Gisborne Seasonal Work

Gisborne growers at work

(c) Woodhaven Gardens

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Seasonal worker demand is lower in Gisborne than in the neighbouring regions of Hawke’s Bay and the Bay of Plenty , but there is still plenty of ongoing work available in fishing, forestry, and horticulture. 

Gisborne lies in on the northeast corner of the central North Island, enjoying warm summers.

While remote from our major centres, Gisborne’s natural environment and historic value make it a uniquely New Zealand experience for potential workers.

Gisborne Seasonal Work Calendar.
Seasonal work in Gisborne by month, job type and worker demand.
When What Jobs Find Jobs
May - June Contract Milker     200+ NZ Farm source , GoDairy
Year round  Dairy Farm Assistant 200+ Farm Source , Trademe Jobs
Year round  Meatworks – processing 100+ Meat Your Career
Year round  Forestry - Harvesting, Processing 100+ ForestryCareers
Year round  Fisheries 100+ TradeMe
June - January Citrus picking and packing 300+ Pick NZ

Job vacancies in the Gisborne region

Trade Me Jobs  - lists a number of jobs in Gisborne.

Seek - New Zealand's largest general job website.

Work and Income - jobs available in Gisborne for Job Seekers. - lists recruitment companies in New Zealand.


The Gisborne Herald - publishes jobs available in the Situations Vacant column.

Eastland Trader - publishes jobs available in Gisborne in the Jobs section.

Job search help

Tips for recent migrants | - a free service to assist with your job search and prepare you for employment in the local labour market.

Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) - a government department helping to find employment for residents or those with a valid work permit. 

Business networking organisations 

Gisborne Economic Development - the economic development agency for the Gisborne District Council.

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce (CECC) - supports local businesses by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities.

New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) - aims to improve the employment, education, economic and social conditions of women.

Activate Tairawhiti  - supports local businesses by providing advice, connections, funding, training, and business mentoring.


Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience, meet new people, learn about your community, and improve your English skills.

Gisborne Volunteering Centre matches volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills, and offers free to low-cost training for volunteers.

Gisborne Volunteering Centre

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