Aquatic Manager

Aquatics / Education / Fitness / Recreation /

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and one of the world’s major research universities. We employ over 6000 academic and professional staff to support the success of 41,000+ students.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity
We are excited to announce the opening of our state-of-the-art Recreation Centre in mid-2024, a hub for sport, health and wellbeing on our campus. As we embark on this new chapter, we are seeking a dynamic and experienced Aquatic Manager to lead our aquatic facility operations and ensure the highest standards of safety, customer experience, and program excellence.

Our aquatic facility will be home to a multi-format pool, spa and sauna. High-quality facilities are provided for our users to engage in a wide range of aquatic sports such as water polo and swimming, as well as aquatic fitness and recreation programmes. It includes deep water for springboard diving, underwater training and student club activities.

In this newly created role, you will play a pivotal role in the day-to-day management and strategic development of our aquatic facility as well as working closely with the wider sport and recreation leadership team. You will build and oversee a team of dedicated aquatic professionals, develop and manage appealing aquatic programs from the ground up, and ensure the facility operates efficiently and safely. The role will also include training new lifeguards and building a casual workforce. This is an opportunity to shape the aquatic experience at our world-class institution while ensuring the safe, efficient, and enjoyable operation of our aquatic facilities, programs, and services.

For more information about the role, please view the position description, and to learn about new Recreation and Wellbeing Centre, please visit our website.

This is a full-time (37.5 hrs/week), permanent role. The successful candidate may be required to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends, to accommodate programming needs. The anticipated start date for this position is early 2024.

He kōrero mōu | About you
Our ideal candidate will have a passion for pools, customer experience, a commitment to health and safety, and a dedication to developing a team that provides a positive and inclusive environment for all members of the university community.

They will also bring the following skills and experience:

  • Relevant Sport and Recreation or management qualification or experience in a similar role managing aquatic programs and facilities.
  • Previous experience in aquatics management, with a demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team effectively.
  • Experience training and providing professional development to new lifeguards
  • Strong knowledge of aquatic facility operations, safety standards, and risk management practices. This includes knowledge in managing a pool plant, water quality and facility maintenance experience.
  • Strong skills in communication, influencing and stakeholder management
  • Current or previous Lifeguard, Water Safety, or Water treatment certification from a recognized organisation.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer
Waipapa Taumata Rau |The University of Auckland is dedicated to providing an excellent and stimulating environment for its employees, which ensures a healthy work-life balance through:

  • Five weeks’ annual leave per annum
  • Up to 6.75% employer superannuation contribution.
  • 37.5 hours working week
  • Flexible employment practices
  • Additional parental leave payments
  • Free gym, pool and rec centre membership
  • Discounted, onsite childcare, parking and various leisure and recreation services.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply
Join us in shaping a vibrant and thriving aquatic centre at Waipapa Taumata Rau |The University of Auckland Recreation and Wellbeing Centre. Be part of a team that promotes health, well-being, and a sense of community. Apply today and make a splash with us!

Inquiries may be made to Albie Eaton ( Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Sunday, 29th October 2023 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV combined as one document.

Click here to apply

Additional Information

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQIATakatāpuiMVPFAFF+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other personal circumstances go to

The University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment where everyone can thrive.

For further information see Te Ara Tautika | the Equity Policy and visit


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