Share this Job

Title:  Rail Operator - Wellington

Date:  09-Aug-2022

Wellington, KiwiRail Ltd, NZ, 6011

Business unit:  Rail Operations
Position status:  Permanent
Employment type:  Full Time
Level of experience:  Entry-Level

Looking for a career path not just a dead end job? Want job stability with a company that invests in your future and pays you while they train you to succeed?


Check out what it's like to work as a Rail Operator at KiwiRail - click here it's time to join us! 


  • Physically challenging outdoors role
  • Training rate is $25.23 per hour rising once qualified to $27.57
  • Penalty Rates: 20:00-06:00 Mon-Fri time and a quarter, Saturdays time and a half and Sundays double time
  • Shift work with in advance planned rosters to allow work-life balance


Your role:

First and foremost, we want you to succeed and grow at KiwiRail. This is why we will invest into your initial and ongoing training to build your competencies and confidence to make the right decisions and work safely in our safety critical environment. Our Rail Operators are a hugely important part of our business. Our teams work outside in our freight rail yards in all weathers in a physically challenging role where safety is of the utmost importance.

You'll see yourself performing shunting duties. This means you'll link and unlink wagons, direct train drivers when coupling wagons and locomotives, place wagons into customer sidings (railway parking tracks). You'll be an essential part of conducting safety checks ensuring that all vehicles in the train are in a fit state to commence the journey.


Your skills:

You'll be a team player that enjoys the challenge of a physical role while working outdoors. This role involves some heavy manual handling and a reasonable amount of walking. You'll be working on a 24/7 rotating roster, so previous experience working shifts is advantageous, along with experience working outdoors in all-weather conditions.

  • You could come from any background, as long as you have had exposure to physical labour where H&S was at the core of what you did.
  • Health & Safety is critical in our organisation, so you will need to have a strong safety focus and genuinely care about the well-being of your team and yourself at all times.
  • Teamwork is second nature to you, and you can easily communicate to people from all walks of life.
  • You will be communicating via radio, so clear communication skills are essential.
  • Full NZ Drivers Licence and own transport


Your Benefits:

  • A competitive hourly rate of $25.23 + time and a quarter for working after 8pm, times and a half Saturdays & double time Sundays
  • Extensive support and ongoing training.
  • KiwiRail will support your development if you are willing to expose yourself to the opportunities and you are keen to learn and grow with us. The more experience in the yard you gain the more opportunities open up to you with pay increases and with job progression opportunities. Your training is universally recognised.
  • Heavily discounted travel and health insurance
  • 5 weeks annual leave


This is a great opportunity to learn while you work within an organisation that will support you to succeed. Our team is like a family, we love what we do and we thrive in this busy and upbeat environment. If this sounds like you, then what are you waiting for? Apply now and start your journey today. 


Rail Operator PD