General Hand


Location: Central Hawke's Bay District

Job Type: Full time


Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

The Downer Waipawa team needs a physically fit and motivated person to join our Transport Services crew to lend a helping hand as a General Worker. You will be involved in the general operation of trucks and machinery and daily manual labouring duties.

About the job:
Your day-to-day will involve fixing potholes, sign maintenance, traffic management, hand shovelling out curbs and general maintenance activities. You’ll work as part of a cohesive team to deliver projects and ensure site safety for the crew and the community.

We offer plenty of development opportunities for our staff who put in the hard yards. We support and encourage training and upskilling, so you’ll be open to learning and growing your skillset. If you enjoy spending your days outdoors and getting involved in practical work, this is the job for you!

This is primarily a Monday – Friday, full-time permanent position based out of our Napier depot and involves occasional weekend and night work.

About you:

Ultimately we are looking for individuals willing to learn, grow and develop themselves within our business. Along with a positive attitude and a commitment to safe workplace practices, we are looking for you to have:

  • A Class 1 – Full New Zealand Drivers Licence
  • The ability to work well within a team and alone when required
  • A can-do attitude with a good work ethic
  • Demonstrated that you are dependable

It also helps if you have the following; however, these are not deal breakers, and training can be provided:

  • Class 2 - 4 Drivers Licences and WTR endorsements
  • Experience operating a variety of civil machinery

Why join Downer?

At Downer, we commit to offering professional development through mentoring and on-the-job training and personal development through a range of health and well-being initiatives. Our top priority is our people - Downer is committed to delivering excellence by ensuring our people have the environment and the means to be successful. Some of our perks include:

  • Extensive training to develop your skillset and propel your career forward
  • A great way to gain exposure to the wonderful world of Civil works
  • Coverage under the AWUNZ Union agreement with access to penal rates, including overtime pay and meal allowances
  • The chance to join a passionate team that likes to have a laugh while getting the job done
  • Tools of trade provided, including Downer uniform and all PPE gear provided
  • Access to a range of company benefits and partnered discounts, including subsidised health insurance, retail specials, vehicle rentals, banking offers, free counselling services, + more!

How to apply?
If you’re looking for a reliable job opportunity, head to, search 594868 and register your interest. Alternately, drop your CV into your local depot today!

Downer NZ is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture.

Our workplaces are drug and alcohol-free - all successful applicants will be required to undertake a pre-employment drug test & medical.

Due to the fast-paced nature of Downer, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change, so don't delay and make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Please note we have an in-house recruitment team that manages all our vacancies. No candidates presented through an agency will be considered for any of our roles advertised unless previously arranged. We strongly encourage all candidates interested in these roles to apply directly online through the portal provided. Otherwise, your application will not be considered.

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