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With a staff of just over 200, Port Nelson is one of the larger employers in the region.

With a staff of just over 200, Port Nelson is one of the larger employers in the Nelson/Tasman region.  With a number of operating divisions such as logistics, marine, workshop, stevedoring and corporate within its’ control, Port Nelson Ltd provides a diverse range of employment opportunities.  A number of our staff have been working at the port for over forty years, and whilst employee turnover is very low, it's always worth checking out employment opportunities.  We regularly profile our staff who will tell you a little bit about themselves as well as their role at the port.

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Cameron Johnston

Cameron Johnston 
Safety Advisor


Cameron Johnston's career in workplace safety began modestly with a working holiday in Australia. At first he took whatever jobs were available, whereever they were available, but eventually established himself in team leadership roles in the manufacturing transport and logistics industry. When Cameron saw opportunities opening up in oil and gas exploration he accepted a lower level position on the Gordon gas project in Western Australia "just to get a foot in the door."


Cameron spent two years in Perth working on the Gorgon project, one of the world's largest natural gas projects. He became a safety representative and this sparked the interest in workplace safety which he's made the focus of his career ever since, beginning with a position as Health & Safety Officer at Gorgon.


After a decade in Australia, Cameron returned to New Zealand and has been Safety Advisor at Port Nelson for nearly two years. Day to day he monitors and reviews current Health and Safety systems, and manages the event reporting system which identifies safety issues around the port which need attention. Cameron personally investigates serious incidents or serious near misses in a process designed to identify root causes and prevent or minimise future risks.


The new Health and Safety at Work Act and the media coverage it has received has created new awareness and extra caution in the workplace. "It's even made my job a little easier" says Cameron. "There's a greater sensitivity to the issues involved and people have become very responsive."


What Cameron most enjoys is the variety of his daily work. "The port has many different business units so there's a different challenge every day and I like that." When he's not at work, Cameron is busy raising two young children with his wife, and studying for NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.


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Jaron McLeod

Jaron McLeod
Operations Manager, QuayConnect


Jaron McLeod who hails from Christchurch, has a science degree in Zoology with majors in aquatic ecology and animal behaviour.  It's not quite the qualification you'd expect in the newly-appointed manager of the Port's QuayConnect operations - unless you factor in the job's proximity to the sea.


However, Jaron is right at home in the newly-completed Patterson Logistics Centre. After graduating and completing his big O.E, he took up a trainee managership with Online Distribution Ltd which specialises in third party logistics and warehousing, and quickly progressed into management roles. He then shifted to MOVE Logistics in operations management and business development. Employment with Sealords and Cold Storage Nelson gave him useful insights into the logistical requirements of the fishing and pip-fruit industries.


Jaron's role as manager of QuayConnect's operations includes managing the 13,000m2 Patterson Logistics Centre which holds up to 18,000 pallets of bottles and dry goods: mostly empty bottles destined for the Marlborough wine industry and full cases of wine heading to international markets. The centre also caters to the needs of local beer, cider and soft drink manufacturers.


CargoWise, a warehouse management system, helps keep track of all that incoming and outgoing product, it's location, and product age. Safety is a big part of Jaron's job: trucks pull into the warehouse's loading bays 24 hours a day and are loaded or unloaded through high-speed roller doors by forklifts which stack pallets up to four high.


Outside of work, Jaron is a motorcycler, riding a "street fighter" bike, the Triumph Street Triple R. He and his wife have a holiday home in St Arnaud where they enjoy relaxinng and enjoying the great outdoors.