St John New Zealand - Ambulance Services

Transportation - People - Health Shuttle Driver

Organisation Summary:

 St John’s mission is to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance health and well-being of people of all races and creeds anywhere in New Zealand. 

Making over 50,000 trips per year, the St John Health Shuttle is a free community service that transports people to and from essential medical and health related appointments. The service is often used by older people, by people who are too unwell to drive a vehicle, and those who cannot access other transport options.


Driving a St John Shuttle vehicle, you will be responsible for ensuring clients safely reach their appointments on time. This volunteer role is highly customer focused and whilst some clients may be physically able, others may need assistance.  Therefore, in addition to having a sensitivity toward those who are unwell, being physically fit is also important in this role.

The shuttles in our area run from Queenstown to Invercargill and Cromwell/Alexandra to Dunedin.

Time Commitment:

One shift rostered per week or fortnight (ideally for at least 12 months)

Skills Required:

No prior experience is required, however there are of course some essential requirements:

  • Held a full and clean NZ Drivers Licence for at least 12 months (vehicle may be a manual)
  • Have a clean police record
  • Have excellent communication and problem solving skills
  • Friendly, caring and compassionate, with a genuine interest in the well-being of others
  • An aptitude for diverse cultures
  • Be physically fit
  • References, Police and Driver Checks, and a Medical are required following interview


In return, we will provide relevant training (including First Aid Level 1), a uniform, ongoing support, and St John membership (which gives free ambulance service for immediate family).

Skills Gained

The best gift anyone can give is 'time'.  Come join our team of volunteers where the time they give is highly valued in their communities.

We welcome and encourage diversity in our workforce and adhere to best practice equal employment opportunity principles in all aspects of our recruitment and our ways of working. 

If you are interested please click here for the volunteering expression of interest page.