Every year more than 8000 New Zealanders give their time to St John as volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering we’d like to hear from you.

Become a St John volunteer

Every year more than 8000 New Zealanders give their time and energy to St John as volunteers. They are our lifeblood - a critical component of the St John ethos – and they outnumber our paid employees by three to one.

Our volunteers work for us because they want to give back to their country and local communities; because they gain knowledge, skills, friends and the satisfaction that comes from helping others; and because they know we couldn’t deliver our essential services without them.

If you’re interested in volunteering for St John, we’d like to hear from you. We offer flexible volunteering opportunities that match a range of skills, personality types and available time.


Operational volunteer
There are two types of St John operational volunteers - community first responders and ambulance assistants. Both positions require a current Workplace First Aid certificate.
More about working as an operational volunteer >>


Event volunteer
Every year thousands of events around New Zealand are made safer by the skills and dedication of St John first aid volunteers.
More about becoming an event volunteer >>


Caring Caller volunteer
St John’s free Caring Caller service connects people who need a friend with volunteers who have time to listen and chat.
Find out about becoming a ‘phone friend’ with Caring Caller >>


Friends of the Emergency Department volunteer
Friends of the Emergency Department (FED) and Hospital Friends volunteers provide comfort and support to patients and their families in hospital emergency departments.
Find out about becoming an FED or Hospital Friends volunteer >>


Health Shuttle volunteer
The Health Shuttle is a free community service that transports people to essential medical and health-related appointments.
More out about becoming Health Shuttle volunteer >>


Youth programme volunteer
St John Youth divisions and activities are run by volunteers. If you’re an adult with teaching or childcare experience, or simply an urge to help out, we’d like to hear from you.
Read more about becoming a St John Youth Leader >>


Talk through the options
If you want to gift your time to St John, but are unsure what you could do, enquire online and one of our team can talk through the options. Enquire now on 0800 000 606 or
complete an online request >>

Visit the St John recruitment site >>

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