Careers & Vacancies

Interested in a career in health? Join our team.

COVID-19 Impact

Recruitment processes have been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to border restrictions, we are not accepting job applications beyond New Zealand. Successful applicants/recruits based overseas, will be required to complete an Immigration Medical Clearance form and may need a visa to enter the country. Medical electives and health specialist visits are on-hold until further notice.

Overseas applicants

Contact our HR team for assistance or information

Professional registration

Check if you require a practising licence and register with your council

Contact us

Call us on +682 29664 or email


If you have the passion and desire to work in health, join our team and contact us today. To express your interest in roles advertised, you must submit a cover letter and CV via email to

If you are applying for roles from overseas be prepared to provide:

  • contact details (phone/email) for at least three referees
  • a medical report (<3 months old) from a NZ panelist doctor (refer to Immigration NZ website)
  • a recent (<3 months old) police clearance report from your country of residence

Job descriptions (JDs) can be requested from MOH.HR@COOKISLANDS.GOV.CK

  • General Medicine Specialist
  • Paediatrician
  • Cardiologist
  • Anaesthetist Specialist
  • Manager EMT Paramedic
  • Dental Assistant (Aitutaki)
  • Registered Nurse
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Manager Health Promotion
  • Sous Chef
  • Prep Cook
  • Supervisor Health Information Systems
  • Infection Control Cleaner – Mangaia Hospital 

How to apply with us

If you have the skills and experience suitable for the position you applied for, you will be contacted by our team to arrange for an interview.

Tip: Use this as an opportunity to share any additional details about your relevant experience.

If your application is short-listed, you will be invited to attend a panel interview at our office, or if based on the Pa Enua (outer islands) or overseas, a video interview will be conducted using technology such as Skype or Zoom. Our interviews are behavioural and competency based, and require you to draw upon relevant examples from your prior experience to determine the competencies required for the role.


  • Take time to prepare some specific work examples to discuss
  • Punctuality is important
  • Take time to research about us – our vision, values, leadership and governance structures and strategies
  • Be prepared to ask questions if you need

If your interview is successful and you’re shortlisted for the role, this process is essential to determine if you will receive an employment offer from us. It is important to provide at least two references on your CV who we can talk to. This process can take a while but we’re working as quickly as possible. If you have any queries during this process or wish to follow up, please call us and ask to speak with one of our HR team members.

If you’ve made it this far and receive an employment offer from us, congratulations! If you choose to accept the offer, the relevant documentation required as part of pre-employment checks include a criminal history check and medical clearance. This can take some time. Once all relevant documents and pre-employment checks are complete, you’ll be contacted by our HR team for a start date.