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Working at Masterton District Council means being part of a motivated, professional and customer-focused team in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful districts.

Our people are the key to delivering great services for our community and they do everything from building roads to catching roaming dogs and more.

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Finance Administrator

There’s more than one reason we were named New Zealand’s ‘Most Beautiful City’ in 2017. The Tararua Ranges soar above the valley, we have beaches that are perfect for swimming and fishing, and our award-winning parks create acres of greenspace in the heart of town. And the commute? Let’s just say you can be most places inside of 10 minutes in our neck of the woods. Skip sitting at traffic lights (there aren’t any here) and get on with doing the things that make life good.

The Position

Masterton District Council is looking for a Finance Administrator to fill this full-time, permanent position, based in Masterton. It is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to take their skills and experience to the next level. Joining a small team of three, this position provides administration support to ensure that finance operations at Council are efficient and effective.

Job Tasks include:

  • Process bank transactions
  • Monthly payments
  • Produce accurate reports
  • Data entry of leave and employment changes
  • Provide backup for creditors, debtors, and rates administrators

Job requirements:

You need to have:

  • An eye for detail
  • Data entry skills
  • Experience in using Microsoft Excel
  • Team player
  • Great communications and interpersonal skills
  • Proven confidentiality

More Information

At MDC we look after our people. We offer five weeks’ annual leave, medical insurance, and more (we even have free parking), and we actively invest in the development of our staff. You will know that you are making a positive contribution to our amazing community!

For more information about this role, please see the position description (PDF 156KB), or you can email [email protected].

How to apply

If you are excited to join our team, please send a covering email and a copy of your CV to [email protected]. Applications close 5:00pm, 6 December 2021.

Applicants must currently have the right to work in New Zealand.

Building Control Officer

Full time permanent role

The Role

Masterton District Council’s building team has a varied workload with a diverse range of building projects across the region. The team processes more than 900 building consents a year.

We are looking for a person with advanced technical knowledge and great relationship management skills to join our Building Control team. This role focuses on keeping our community safe by helping stakeholders in the building sector understand their responsibilities under the Building Act and related Legislation. Day to day responsibilities include processing building consents, undertaking inspections, coaching some of our newer team members and serving the public.

The Candidate

Our ideal candidate for this role will:

  • Hold a relevant qualification
  • Have demonstrated knowledge of the building industry and relevant building legislation and current residential and commercial competency in processing and / or inspections
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deescalate conflict, and manage risk
  • Be able to work with a broad range of community stakeholders
  • Hold a current clean NZ Drivers’ licence
  • Be a team player

More Information

At MDC we look after our people. We offer:

  • Five weeks’ annual leave
  • Medical insurance
  • We actively invest in the development of our staff
  • And more (we even have free parking)!

You will know that you are making a positive contribution to our amazing community!

Check out our website to find out more about Masterton District Council.

For more information about this role, please see the position description (PDF, 212KB), or call Charlie Bargh, Building Control Team Leader, on 027 444 2017.


If you believe you have the necessary skills and attributes to be successful in our role, please email a covering letter and a copy of your CV through to [email protected] This role will stay open until 5pm, Monday, 20 January 2022.

Beautiful Masterton

In Masterton people enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with a great climate and access to amazing natural resources. Lakes, rivers, surf beaches and mountains make our district an adventurer’s paradise.

In 2017 we were voted New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City, an honour we are proud to have achieved against strong competition from Tauranga and Napier. In fact, the judges said Masterton’s entry blew them away with its wide range of environmental and heritage conservation projects, and the strength of the community engagement “with numerous community groups working hard to make the city a safer and more beautiful community”.

Masterton offers easy living without compromising on access to resources such as great education opportunities for all ages. Our residents also run lots of active clubs and organisations that are always welcoming new members so there are lots of options for new or existing hobbies.

With a mixture of big-box retailers and small independent stores, you can buy almost anything you need from custard squares at a ‘bakery of the year’ award-winning cafe, to top designer brands like Kow Tow in the Kuripuni Shopping Village. With two cinemas, two theatres and lots of restaurants you won’t be lost for entertainment. We play host to huge events such as Wings over Wairarapa, the Balloon Fiesta and Wine and Food Festivals every year to keep your social calendar packed and the family busy.

Speculative Applications

We don’t always have roles available but we are always keen to hear from awesome people. You can send a speculative CV in the form below. This will be stored by our People and Capability team and if a job opens up that matches your skills, they’ll get in touch. Fill out the form below or send us an email.

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