Careers at Council

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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A word from our CEO

At Masterton District Council we’re focused on getting great outcomes for our communities. We’re passionate about what we do, have some of the best in the business working here and understand what needs to get done to make change in our district.

I’m dedicated to developing talent and creating a space where teams can bring innovative ideas to the table to enable these positive outcomes. We’re all learning as we go with upskilling and professional development a key part of our organisational culture.

In short, the Council is a workplace that offers a unique opportunity for our team members to support the community and find personal and professional fulfilment everyday.


Job Vacancies

  • Full time permanent position

There’s more than one reason we were named New Zealand’s ‘Most Beautiful City’ in 2017.

The Tararua Ranges soar above our valley, we have beaches that are perfect for swimming and fishing, and award-winning parks creating internationally renowned green space in the heart of town. And the commute? Let’s just say we tried traffic lights a few years back, but we got rid of them quick.

We are about making a difference to the community without travelling for hours to do it.

About the role

Part of the Strategic Leadership Team, and reporting to the Chief Executive, the Communications and Engagement Manager guides and supports a tight-knit team of three direct reports. The team provides strategic communications and community engagement advice and support to maximise awareness of Council’s activities and services.

Masterton District Council is in an exciting period of change and business improvement, including developing a new 10-year plan for the district. In this role you will be responsible for delivering the strategic objectives of Council’s Communications and Engagement Strategy and overseeing the development of internal and external communications to support the delivery of our projects and initiatives.

Who we are looking for?

The ideal candidate for this role will be a successful people leader with a tertiary qualification and/or experience in a relevant discipline.

We want someone who challenges themselves to be brilliant – who lifts up rocks to see what’s underneath them to find the best ways to engage with our fabulously diverse community about the issues that matter to them.

You will be collaborative, have strong relationship management skills, and the ability to build and develop positive working relationships within a team, across the wider Council, and with external stakeholders. You will have a sense of fun and know when it is appropriate to use it.

Along with leadership ability and high EQ, you will need:

  • a degree or postgraduate qualification in communications or another relevant field and/or experience leading a communications function in local or central government
  • an understanding of how to effectively navigate the political environment
  • demonstrated knowledge of tikanga Māori
  • demonstrated knowledge of stakeholder analysis and management

What we offer

As a valued member of Masterton District Council, we offer you an employment package that includes five weeks’ annual leave, medical insurance, and a tailored plan for professional development. You’ll also get to work as part of an organisation that is committed to (and enjoys) making a positive contribution to our community.

More information and applying

For further information about the role please see the position description (219KB), or contact Kate Conroy, People and Capability Manager, on 027 4777 066.

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV via email outlining why you are the ideal person for our role.

Applications should be sent to [email protected]

Applications close 5pm, 25 March 2021.


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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