Corrections Officer, Spring Hill Corrections Facility

Ara Poutama Aotearoa - Department of Corrections

  • Permanent
  • Waikato

Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi' – ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

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About the role | Mō te tūnga

We are seeking candidates who:

  • Are passionate about helping others
  • Who want to work in a people related role
  • Are good role models within their community
  • Possess skills and experience relevant to working in a varied and challenging environment
  • Demonstrate strong integrity and safety awareness

You must work with high integrity and will demonstrate the Departmental and Kaupapa Māori values within your work: Wairua, Whānau, Manaaki, Kaitiaki and Rangatira.

With a natural style to work collaboratively and top notch relationship management skills you will be someone who recognises the importance of the work Ara Poutama Aotearoa does and as we enter into a new and exciting era with Hokai Rangi, bring new ways of thinking to what is already a complex, dynamic and fast paced environment.

The role of a Corrections Officer is about influencing offenders to make the right choices, take the right action at the right time and support their pathway towards an offence-free lifestyle. Our Corrections Officers, both men and women, come from all walks of life and bring a wide range of attributes and life experiences with them. In this job your contribution counts, and you can have a positive effect on the lives of others and public safety. It's more challenging, more interesting and more rewarding than you can imagine.

Starting salary of $54,793 increasing to $57,432 after initial training.  All candidates are required to complete a full disclosure criminal history check and pre-employment medical, physical and drug testing. 

About you | Mōu

To be eligible you need:

  • A current full New Zealand driver licence
  • The legal right to work in New Zealand for a minimum 24 Months
  • The ability to pass a full drug test and medical assessment
  • Approval of any declared convictions or conflicts of interest in accordance with the Corrections delegations policy

In line with our Strategy Hōkai Rangi, we are prioritising applications from people who have experience in a Kaupapa Māori or Pasifika environment and/or a willingness to learn. Please highlight any relevant experience and/or language skills in your application. 

We are looking for a diverse range of candidates, from different cultures with varied backgrounds and experience.  Our standards are high so should you apply to join us you will undergo a comprehensive selection process that will assess you against our core requirements. You'll then complete a residential eleven-week initial training course. In return you'll get opportunities for professional development, promotion and the ability to gain a qualification in offender management.

If successful through the shortlisting process you will be invited to an Assessment Centre in Hamilton.

Note: The Criminal History Check is Exempt from The Clean Slate Act. In other words, the Clean Slate Act does not apply to this position. Please declare any offences (even outside 7 years) in your application.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

From 8 December 2021, all people working inside prisons will be required to be fully vaccinated as part of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021. People in prison are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and due to the ease of transmission, extending the Vaccination Order supports the safety and wellbeing of our staff and people in prison.

About us | Mō mātou

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us by Iwi and conveys the responsibility we have to support and guide those in our care to reach their potential.  Our strategy, Hōkai Rangi (, provides a clear direction of travel - one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, how we can innovate to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and communities. 

It is an exciting time and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at

Due to operational requirements, we are prioritising applications from people who have experience in a Kaupapa Māori or Pasifika environment – please ensure that you highlight any relevant experience and/or language skills in your CV and Cover Letter.  Applications from people who do not have this will still be considered however there may be delays progressing through the recruitment process.



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