Job Vacancies

Masterton District Council supports and facilitates sustainable community growth and development. In partnership with central government, local iwi, businesses, education providers and community groups, Council staff make a vital contribution to the District’s wellbeing.

We provide governance, leadership and advocacy for the people of the District. We build and maintain quality infrastructure, including community facilities, roads, sewerage, water and stormwater systems. We deliver regulatory services focused on public health, safety and wellbeing, and we develop long-term plans and strategies to provide a framework for change and sustainable development in our District.

We aim to deliver excellent services to ensure that present and future generations can continue to enjoy our great climate and superb, natural environment. We want to foster and support a friendly, caring community and be known as a great place to live, work and play.

Current Vacancies 


E te tini, e te rahi – aro mai ki tēnei kaupapa

Are you looking for an opportunity to join your local Council serving the Masterton community? We’re looking for a Resource Planner or Senior Resource Planner to join our small, busy Planning team.

Day to day you will be responsible for administering the Wairarapa Combined District Plan, processing resource consent applications and working with our community to support the sustainable development of our district. Your work will be done within relevant legislation, timeframes and delegated authorities, with a focus on providing high quality advice and support to Council staff, customers and other stakeholders. Applicants at a senior level would have the opportunity to mentor and support the development of others.

So, what’s different about us?

  • We’re about to commence a review of our District Plan which could provide new opportunities for developing your planning skills and experience.
  • We have the flexibility to structure the role as either a full or part time position to best meet your preferences.
  • You’d get the chance to work in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful districts – and we’re just over an hour from the capital city.


It’s our aspiration to be the best provincial Council in New Zealand. To achieve that we need the right people on board – attitudes and behaviours are just as important to us. We need someone who can demonstrate an ability to get things done, keep promises around service delivery and timelines, manage expectations and use a common-sense approach.

To be successful, you will bring to this role:

  • A tertiary qualification in planning or resource management
  • Knowledge and understanding of RMA and LGA legislation
  • Excellent understanding of planning principles, tools and public policy
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication, consultation, and negotiation skills
  • A full NZ motor vehicle licence (current)

If you have a passion for people and planning and have the skills and experience we are looking for, we would love to hear from you.

You can contact Vicki McLachlan, Human Resources Manager, for a confidential chat on 06 370 6267.

To apply for the role please send us your application (CV and covering letter) specifically addressing your fit to the competencies we are looking for to [email protected]

Applicants must have the right to work in New Zealand.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 28 February 2020.  

View the Position Description (PDF, 573KB)

Speculative Applications

We don’t always have roles available but we are always keen to hear from people that would be a great fit for Council. You can submit a speculative CV below which will be stored by our HR team, if a role becomes available that you are suited to then you may be contacted by one of our team. Fill out the form below or send us an email.

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