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Employment Opportunities

Starting as a charity FBANZ is now a growing charitable business with an inspirational work culture - Using food as a tool to combat hunger and build communities, Foodbank Canterbury is a ‘take-no-prisoners, make-no-excuses, well-oiled hunger-fighting-machine’ that is having major impact in Canterbury, and for the people of of the region – the Civic Emerging Leadership Award winner for 2017. Westpac Business Champions Award Community Service; Westpac Business Champions Supreme Award Winner - Small Enterprise 2018.

Westpac Business Champions Award Community Service 2021; Westpac Business Champions Award Business For Good 2021

Westpac Business Champions Supreme Award Winner - Small Enterprise 2021.

FBANZ is the accredited NZ Member of The Global Foodbanking Network.

At Foodbank Aotearoa New Zealand / Canterbury we embrace a philosophy that recognizes and values the diversity of our nation. Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain a talented, diverse workforce representative of all Aotearoa in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.  EOE

As the region's only non-faith based, non-politically aligned food rescue and relief organization, at FBANZ our culture is our personality. Open and totally transparent, FBANZ is made up of our values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes, and behaviours. Respect for the individual is an imperative – judgement is just not in the cards. Our only mission is to rescue food, sort and redistribute it to those with the immediate need.  

Ancilliary to our food rescue is the impact we make on the environment. Through our work landfill emissions are minimized through a reduction in waste – benefiting all citizens with a healthier environment.

We believe that an organization’s culture is made up of all of the life experiences each employee or volunteer brings to our organisation especially influenced by the passion of our founders and trustees in their role in the decision making and strategic direction of FBANZ; however we believe that everyone involved with us has an impact on what FBANZ has become.

This is our culture!

Current Opportunities

Facility Assistant / Relief Driver, Forklift Operator, Foodbank ANZ Christchurch

At FBANZ our staff are passionate about what they do - making sure that quality surplus food donated to Foodbank Aotearoa New Zealand by Donor/Partners is processed thru our Christchurch facility so that it can be redistributed to those who need it most.

You will need to be super reliable and honest with great communication skills and a happy can-do team player attitude.

You should be able to work unsupervised with a good level of spoken and written English.

Applicants need to be able to lift 25 – 30 kgs. Food sorting and light cleaning duties may also be required. FBANZ is a mandated Vaccinated organisation.



Clean and unrestricted Full Current Driver’s License (Standard Vehicle)

Good level of physical fitness

History of stable work experience; good contactable references

Fantastic customer service skills

Currently residing in NZ; Entitlement to accept full time, permanent employment in New Zealand.


To Apply for this job: Email a Letter as to why you would like to work for FBANZ; a current resume; at least 2 references to

** Applicants who do not comply with our application criteria will not be considered. No phone calls accepted.

Job Description:        Facility Operations Assistant / Relief Driver, Forklift Operator

Overview: Reporting to the Facility Manager, FBC the Facility Operations Assistant will be integral to Foodbank Canterbury’s future success as we expand our service to the communities we serve.

Type of Employment: Facility Operations Assistant is a Permanent position. Hours as specified in the Employment Agreement.


Specific Duties include but not limited to:

Assist the Facility Manager and the General Manager, FBC in

  • Working with the Christchurch Collections team to help alleviate food poverty and reduce food waste

  • Efficiently maintain and improve FBC operations

  • Relief Driver /Forklift Operator

  • Maintain and enforce stringent Food Safety measures

  • Maintain Stats data as required

  • Act as a ‘floater’ substitute with tasks as required and assigned by the Facility Manager

  • Drive along with pickup schedules as required

  • Make sure facilities are maintained in clean condition to meet Health and Food Safety requirements including bathrooms and kitchens

  • Undertake any other FBC tasks as may be required


Skills and Education Requirements:

  • Excellent self-management and organisational skills, with a proven ability to multi-task and cope well with a variety of tasks.

  • A quick learner who is able to work independently

  • Experienced in working with a small team of staff and volunteers; and the ability to work cooperatively with other staff and the Board of Trustees


To be successful in this role you’ll be/have:

  • Enthusiastic about Foodbank Canterbury its vision and commitment to food rescue, social justice, and environmental sustainability A proven track record and the equivalent of at least 2 years’ experience in a similar operation.

  • Clean and unrestricted Full Current NZ Driver’s Licence for a minimum of 3 years.

  • Forklift Operator’s Licence (or willingness to obtain one)

  • Ability to lift 25 - 30 kgs.

  • Good people skills to be able to liaise with stakeholders at all levels.

  • Excellent English communication and networking skills, and the ability to represent Foodbank Canterbury in a professional manner.

  • Entitlement to accept full time, permanent employment in New Zealand.



  • FBC work environment including the vans/trucks is smoke- and vape-free.

  • Hi-Vis vests are provided by FBC and are to be worn at all times as necessary.

  • At the discretion of FBC, random drug tests may be performed. All contracted drivers agree to freely undergo such tests.

  • Fully Vaccinated requirement

September 2022

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