Oral Health Therapists / Dental Therapists

Positions available in Nelson, Tasman and Blenheim

Join Health New Zealand l Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough at a key time of change where you will meaningfully contribute to our kaupapa of creating a more equitable, accessible, cohesive, and people-centred health system. This is mahi that will improve the health and well-being of everyone in Aotearoa, and we've got an opportunity for you to be part of it.

  • Are you an experienced Oral Health Therapist or Dental Therapist looking for a role in a beautiful location?
  • Are you looking for flexible working hours?
  • Are you looking for permanent, fixed term, or casual employment?

Community Oral Health Service

We are looking for experienced Oral Health Therapists to join our teams in Nelson, Tasman & Blenheim.  No matter how many hours you want to work each week, we can design an appointment to suit your needs, whether you want part-time or full-time hours (up to 80 hours per fortnight) or casual employment.  We understand the need for a good work/life balance and can help you to create what's right for you. 

Our facilities are modern and computerised, using Titanium with digital radiography.  We employ 1:1 ratio of dental assistants to therapists with reception staff to support.  You will be supported by your own assigned Professional Advisor as we tailor our orientation to your needs and professional skills. 

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position) 

The role offers you a great team environment providing dental services to some of the 23,000 children across the region who are enrolled from birth. Our staff will tell you how much they love the relationships formed over the years with children and their families/whanau. 

In this role you will be committed to prevention; sealing all permanent molars, with dental assistants applying fluoride varnish between examination appointments. We encourage the use of Hall Crowns and provide all therapists with the full range of restorative options; including rubber dam when required. 

If you are looking to relocate to the area, we will offer you up to $5,000 in relocation expenses to assist with the costs involved, and we will help to make the process as smooth as possible.  

The top of the South Island offers a unique and beautiful way of life.  Connected to the magnificent parks of Abel Tasman, Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and the marine reserve of the Marlborough Sounds. We can offer you a lifestyle others wll envy, away from the stresses of major city living.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Health NZ Nelson Marlborough is the main health provider for the Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. With nearly 3,000 employees, we are Nelson’s and Marlborough’s largest employer supporting the health and wellbeing of over 150,000 citizens across the region. 

Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals, and the Richmond and Marlborough Health Hubs, 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. 

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)


The full-time equivalent salary for this position is $63,702 to $85,992 based on the current Allied, Public Health, Scientific & Technical MECA dependent on skills, experience & registration in NZ.

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

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on vacancies@nmdhb.govt.nz or 03 539 5748. Alternatively, for role specific information please contact Kirsty Rance - Team Leader via Kirsty.Rance@nmdhb.govt.nz.

Please apply online via our careers site at https://nmdhb.careercentre.net.nz

Important: Please indicate your preferred location and hours of work via your covering letter. 


Applications close: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Health NZ 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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Casual, Fixed Term, Permanent Full Time, Permanent Part time

Job no: N24-OralHealth-Mar

Location: Wairau Hospital, Tasman Community, Marlborough Community, Motueka, Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled