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Tā tātou atarua – Our vision 

We work with the people of Westland to grow and protect our communities, our economy and our unique natural environment.

He angitūtanga - The opportunity

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 Westland District.

Based in Hokitika on the South Island’s beautiful West Coast, surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, with the river and lakes nearby, working for Westland District Council is an opportunity to be part of and contribute to a growing vibrant community.

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 hr@westlanddc.govt.nz.

How to apply

You can apply online, with your full CV and cover letter.

Alternatively, your application form, along with a full CV and cover letter should be emailed to hr@westlanddc.govt.nz, or mailed to Westland District Council, 36 Weld Street, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842.

Current vacancies

12 Months fixed term - Full-time

He angitūtanga - The opportunity

A proud West Coast institution, Hokitika Museum is committed to nurturing the histories and stories of the environment and people that have called the West Coast home.

Here is a career opportunity. We are looking for a Curator of History. As Hokitika Museum embarks on an important exhibition renewal project, you will be the newest member of a team producing cultural history content for our newly earthquake strengthened building. You will help tell the stories and interpret the West Coast’s past and future aspirations for audiences that are both local and global, real and virtual, and who want to know more about where we have come from and where we are going.

He kōrero mōu - About you

In this role, you will help lead the research, analyze, develop, and document content for new exhibitions. You will ensure the concept, themes, and stories are suitable for the identified target audiences, bi-culturally representative and accurate, provide appropriate context for the taonga/archives, and showcase Hokitika Museum’s point of difference within the culture and heritage sector. You will provide creative, design, and delivery of exhibitions support at Hokitika Museum.

You’ll bring excellent project coordination experience as well as strong communication and people skills. You will be able to work collaboratively and effectively across the Museum to ensure accountability and delivery of exhibition content.

Some weekend work, outside of office hours, will need to be undertaken, particularly concerning community engagement.

You will have:

  • experience and skills in historical or material culture research.
  • experience and comfort in communicating in a range of forms and media to diverse audiences.
  • experience in leading, planning, and delivering projects.
  • strong and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams delivering a range of museological outputs across exhibitions, digital channels, research publications, and public programs.
  • familiarity with digital platforms and social media

If this sounds like the next challenge you are seeking and you have a desire to make a difference, engage with a wide range of stakeholders and deliver ambitious exhibitions, please apply today.

Tono mai ināianei - Apply now

A full position description is available here.

To apply for this position, see 'How to Apply' above.

For more information, contact Laureen Sadlier Museum Director, laureen.sadlier@hokitikamuseum.nz, 027 248 6130

Applications close on Thursday 11 April at 5pm.

Permanent - Full-time

He angitūtanga - The opportunity

Westland District Council is seeking a dynamic, professional Customer Service Team Leader. The ability to communicate courteously and effectively with customers and staff is a key attribute required to successfully fulfil this position.

The role involves all the duties normally expected in a Customer Service position as well as the added challenge of being able to provide relevant and accurate information to ratepayers and other stakeholders, in a timely and efficient manner. 

He kōrero mōu - About you

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Advanced experience in customer service
  • Experience leading/managing a team
  • An accounting background
  • Understanding of the Council environment, policies and processes
  • NCEA Level 2 or equivalent
  • Advanced computer literacy

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou - What we offer

Working at Westland District Council will give you an opportunity to broaden your Customer Service and Team Leadership skills in a wide range of job-specific tasks and activities. You will work in a small, dedicated team, committed to making a positive difference in our communities. We offer competitive remuneration and a great workplace culture. We offer:

  • Flexible work options
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Kiwisaver 3% additional
  • Sick leave available upon commencement
  • Additional three days leave between Christmas and New Year
  • Positive workplace culture

Come and join us now!

Tono mai ināianei - Apply now

A full position description is available here.

To apply for this position, see 'How to Apply' above.

Applications close on Friday 12 April at 5pm.

Permanent - Full-time

He angitūtanga - The opportunity

We are seeking a dynamic and motivated Community Services Manager to lead the community service functions of Council and promote initiatives that foster the wellbeing of Westland. This role reports directly to the Chief Executive, requiring a strategic and operational focus. Key responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the Library, Museum, Mayors Taskforce For Jobs, Welcoming Communities and any other community service functions that may arise.
  • Leading and monitoring corporate communication, community development, liaison and engagement.
  • Engaging with stakeholders, establishing networks and researching and responding to community needs.
  • Managing budgets and expenditure within delegated authority.
  •  Ensuring effective staff management within the Community Services functions.

He kōrero mōu - About you

You will have:

  • A tertiary qualification in business management or similar.
  • Proven experience in a management/leadership role, preferably in local government or related occupation.
  • Robust working knowledge of local government operations and relevant New Zealand statutes, regulations and codes of practice.
  • Exceptional communication skills including the ability to communicate verbally and in written form clearly, confidently and articulately.
  • The ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders (including funding bodies) determine community need, resolve conflict and promote the best interests of the Council.
  • The ability to negotiate, influence and mediate to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Sound people management skills including knowledge of HR processes and employment legislation.
  • Excellent computer literacy and the ability to utilise a range of software effectively to achieve work objectives.
  • Contract and financial management skills
  • Ability to lead by example and model Council values
  • Current and valid NZ driver’s licence.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou - What we offer

Working at Westland District Council will give you an opportunity to showcase your strategic and operational expertise and broaden your skill set through application in a range of community service functions creating a positive difference for our communities. We offer:

  • Flexible work options
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Kiwisaver 3% additional
  • Sick leave available upon commencement
  • Additional three days leave between Christmas and New Year
  • Positive workplace culture

Tono mai ināianei - Apply now

A full position description is available here.

To apply for this position, see 'How to Apply' above.

Applications close on Monday 22 April at 5pm.

Permanent - Part-time

He angitūtanga - The opportunity

We are seeking a part-time Business Support Officer to provide administrative support within the Regulatory & Compliance functions of Council.  This new role has been created to provide additional assistance to our busy Regulatory & Compliance team. Key tasks include:

  • Providing effective and efficient administrative support.
  • Providing exceptional customer service support for internal and external customers.
  • Generating purchase orders and invoices.
  • Scheduling and minuting meetings and appointments as required.
  • Ensuring effective and consistent business processes.

He kōrero mōu - About you

You will have:

  • NCEA level 2 or equivalent.
  • Business Administration and Computing Certificate (desirable).
  • At least two years business administration experience.
  • Computer literacy and the ability to learn new software/programmes.
  • An understanding of the Council environment, policies and processes (desirable).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to ensure that work is completed to a high standard and within required timeframes.
  • The ability to work cooperatively as part of a team demonstrating energy, vision and initiative.
  • Excellent Customer Service skills.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou - What we offer

Working at Westland District Council will give you an opportunity to enhance your administrative expertise through application in a wide range of administrative tasks. We offer:

  • Flexible work options
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Kiwisaver 3% additional
  • Sick leave available upon commencement
  • Additional three days leave between Christmas and New Year
  • Positive workplace culture

Tono mai ināianei - Apply now

A full position description is available here.

To apply for this position, see 'How to Apply' above.

Applications close on Monday 22 April at 5pm.

Pre-employment checks

Please be aware that Westland District Council will undertake the following background checks on all potential new employees such as:

  • Police vetting
  • Identity check
  • Evidence of qualification
  • Referee check
  • Digital literacy assessments
  • Child Safety Checks for roles identified as Children’s Workers under the Children’s Act 2014.

Prior to your application please ensure you are able to meet these requirements.