Job Vacancies

General Information regarding Job Vacancies


When you join the Westland District Council, you become part of a team who work hard to deliver a high level of service to the ratepayers and residents of the District.

Our district is growing as more and more people recognise the benefit of making this fabulous lifestyle destination their home. 

If you are looking for a career opportunity where the work you do has a real positive impact on the community, then you have come to the right place.

For further information about any role advertised or working at Westland District Council, please contact

How to apply

An application form, along with a full CV and cover letter should be emailed to, or mailed to Westland District Council, 36 Weld Street, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842.

Current Vacancies
RMA Compliance Officer


Our dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic Planning Department is seeking an enthusiastic and capable Resource Management Act (RMA) officer to join our team.

Based in Hokitika on the South Island’s rugged West Coast, this is an opportunity to be part of and contribute to a vibrant, growing community.  The position offers a broad range of work from monitoring policy and consents compliance; through to investigation and enforcement.

This is a permanent, full-time position providing technical support within the District Council and the Community – including developing a monitoring programme, assessing and monitoring compliance of resource consents.  You will investigate and undertake appropriate compliance or enforcement measures in response to reported breaches of the Westland District Plan, or the RMA, and provide advice to the public. 

This position offers a broad exposure to a range of industry sectors.  You will be a confident communicator willing to build relationships with community stakeholder groups.  You will have demonstrated ability in report writing.  A readiness to learn and understand the commercial impact of decisions while ensuring that compliance is achieved will be an asset in this position.  You will have a professional and pragmatic manner. 

An ability to use initiative and be resolution/solution focused is vital to this role, and will enable you to take ownership of projects and have exposure to a variety of work. 

This is a great opportunity for a person ready to launch or continue to develop a career, which provides a wide range of experience in the planning industry, or for a planner ready to experience a true work/life balance on the beautiful West Coast.

For further queries, please contact Fiona Scadden, Planning and Customer Services Manager,; or Shelley Sutherland, People and Capability Manager,

Click here for a full Position Description and below for an application form. 

Applications for this role close 9 December 2020

Building Control Officer


  • Performing various functions required by the Building Act 2004;
  • Processing applications for building consents, PIMs, exemptions and Certificates of Acceptance
  • Inspection of consented building works
  • Investigate complaints of potential illegal building works and issue and monitor Notices to Fix where appropriate
  • Monitoring and maintaining compliance schedules, enforcing the Building Warrant of Fitness system, on site compliance schedule audits


Westland District Council is seeking an experienced Building Control Officer to perform a range of tasks relating to building-related Building Consent Authority (BCA) and Territorial Authority (TA) functions.  This will primarily involve processing building consent applications, performing inspections, and issuing Code Compliance Certificates, and other TA/BCA functions.

You will ideally have 3 – 5 years’ experience in a similar role and hold, or be working toward, an appropriate qualification recognised in Regulation 18 of the Building Regulations 2006 Act.  A high-level working knowledge of the Building Act, Regulations and Building Code is required.  You will also maintain excellent customer service. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic person with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, a thorough knowledge of relevant legislation, bylaws and able to learn and follow policies.  You will have high levels of computer literacy especially with the relevant programmes/software, and problem-solving abilities. You will be a great team player.  Relevant experience in a local government environment is preferred.

Click here for a full Position Description and below for an application form. 

Applications for this role close 11 December 2020

Project Manager
  • Capital Projects Role
  • Rewarding Role within a Lifestyle Location
  • West Coast Based


The Westland District is driven by tourism, agriculture, and mineral industries and is located within an awe-inspiring natural environment. The Westland District Council’s motto is “the last best place”, with a vision of being a world-class tourist destination while fostering industries and businesses that lead through innovation and service. 

The Role

Reporting to the Asset Manager, you will be responsible for the overall implementation, execution, control and completion of capital projects for the assets owned and operated by the Westland District Council, ensuring consistency between the council’s strategy, commitments, goals and contractual obligations. You will manage the workflow, resources and timelines for projects, and the day to day operations and communications with the various stakeholders. In addition, you will be responsible for project budgets, tenders and cost management, and ensure on-site compliance to health and safety requirements.

Skills and Experience

To succeed in this role, you will ideally have an engineering, project management or trade qualification, with capital works experience, and be knowledgeable in a range of related projects, whether civil, 3 Waters or building restoration. However, you may also be fantastic at managing multiple projects and You will be technically competent, be familiar with project management methodology and have completed a range of relevant projects to a high standard, within budget and on time to the satisfaction of stakeholders. The ability to work cooperatively, manage contractors and demonstrate excellent customer service skills will be as important as the ability to prioritise tasks and manage timelines. Excellent communication and record-keeping skills are also required.

Click here for a full Position Description and below for an application form. 

Initial enquiries are welcome by phoning Michael Teasdale, Asset Manager, 027 259 4338 or Shelley Sutherland, People and Capability Manager, 027 254 9235

Applications for this role close 18 December 2020

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