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

HR Administrator
  • Brand new role
  • Full-time permanent position

By working at council you can help make your district a better place every day.

Everything we do is about making sure Masterton has what it needs to thrive. From our Animal Services Team to the crew at the Water Treatment Plant, everyone is part of making Masterton the best of provincial living.

We offer great benefits like five weeks of annual leave every year, medical insurance and a dedicated training budget to help you develop your skills.

We are on the lookout for an administration wizard to join our tight knit and productive People and Capability team.

In this role you will provide administrative assistance to the People and Capability Manager and HR Advisor. On a day to day basis your responsibilities will include:

  • Recruitment
    This includes providing admin support to hiring managers as they shortlist, interview and select candidates, liaising directly with candidates to schedule interviews, and preparation of interview and onboarding packs.
  • Completing myriad administrative functions in line with expected standards. You will need to be a champion of our brand and style guide and be able to (re)format documents to meet prescribed formatting conventions. This will be tested via interview.
  • Preparing Employment Agreements and Variations
    You will need to have an eagle eye for detail and be a stickler for accuracy. You will also need the ability to understand employment legislation and understand the context of how it applies to our work. This will also be tested via interview.
  • Being a Health, Safety and Wellbeing advocate.
    You will need to have a strong interest in this area because it influences all areas of our team’s mahi.
  • Electronic records maintenance and filing.
    We are committed to making information accessible and need someone who is going to help us get everything where it should be, so that people can find it.

Our ideal candidate will be experienced HR Administrator or someone with a keen interest in HRM (Human Resource Management) who is already studying or prepared to undertake study.

This is a busy portfolio with a broad programme of work. Our small team operates on a basis of good communication, respect, and collaboration to prioritise and achieve our goals. You will need to be glass half full, ‘I’ve got this’ kind of person, with an excellent sense of humour.

Please see the position description (PDF, 625KB) for more information about the role.

If you believe you have the skills we are looking for please email [email protected] with a covering letter explaining how you match the requirements above, and your CV.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 21 September 2020

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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