Housekeeping Positions (Permanent and Casual)

Positions available at Nelson Hospital & Alexandra Hospital (Richmond)

  • Do you want a great job with hours that fit around your family/school/studies?
  • Perhaps a weekend or after school role would suit you
  • Earn $22.75/hr (entry) up to $27.18/hr with relevant NZQA qualifications
  • Penal rates apply for nights (25%) and weekends (50%) as well as public holidays (100%)

Become a valued member of our hospital household team and make a real difference to the lives of people in our community by keeping our hospital looking clean and tidy.

About the position/Nga mohiohio e pa ana ki tenei mahi

We are looking for flexible entry level and experienced household staff to be join our team.  This role is a great way to learn how a hospital works and get a foot in the door to a world of opportunities. 

You will be part of the team that contributes to the hospital running smoothly, whatever the time of day or day of the year.  You will make our hospital a place where people can get better safely, families can visit in comfort, and staff can do great work in a hygienic and safe environment.

The roles involve thorough cleaning throughout the wards, operating theatres, public areas and offices, as well as changing beds, and laundry and rubbish collection.  You may also do the tea rounds, have contact with patients and support the nursing and orderly staff.

Casual roles: No day is the same. As a casual housekeeper you will be working across all areas in the hospital, covering a wide range of shifts, on an as required basis. With 50 household staff in our team, we often need cover for annual and other leave.

Permanent positions - at the time of advertising, we have the following positions available:

Permanent 0.75 FTE position working 60 hours a fortnight.

  • Shift: Monday to Friday 5.00PM to 11:30PM.

Permanent 0.5 FTE working 40 hours a fortnight.

  • Shift: Monday to Friday 3.00PM to 7.00PM.

Permanent 0.375 FTE working 30 hours a fortnight.

  • Shift: Monday to Friday 4.00PM to 7.00PM at Alexandra Hospital in Richmond.

Permanent 0.2 FTE working 16 hours a fortnight.

  • Shift: Saturday and Sunday 3.00PM to 7.00PM.

FTE stands for Full-Time Equivalent. E.G. 0.5FTE equals half of a full-time position. 

If the shifts above don't suit you, but you'd still like to work as a housekeeper, please contact Wendy as we'd still like to hear from you and a suitable shift may arise.

In addition to hourly rates, we pay penal rates for evening and weekend work, Kiwisaver and additional payments/time off if you are rostered to work on a public holiday.  You will also be supported to get your qualification in Cleaning (NZQA Level 2 & 3).

What are we looking for?/Ko wai he kaitono totika?

These available positions would suit people with experience in cleaning/customer service OR people with no experience but a passion for being part of one of New Zealand’s fastest growing sectors and see how a hospital ticks.  To be successful in this role you must be reliable, have a positive attitude and consistently deliver a high-quality, customer-focused service. Full training will be provided.

Mandatory requirement

For the health and safety of staff and patients you are required to provide proof that you have completed your first two NZ approved Covid-19 vaccinations.

About our team/Ā mātou rōpū

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are many. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals, but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team, and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect, and teamwork.

More information/Ētahi atu mōhiohio

The benefits of this position/Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi

You will be joining a team that values teamwork and is committed to supporting the best possible health outcomes for our patients.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274.

For role specific information please contact Wendy Gibbins, Team Leader at

Apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form and include a brief cover letter explaining which of the above positions you are interested in. 



Positions are open until filled.

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.  

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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Permanent/Part Time, Casual

Job no: N23-HSE-Jan

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled