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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

Animal and Bylaws Officer

We are looking for an Animal and Bylaws Officer to join our team on a full-time permanent basis.

You’ll be working as part of the Environmental Services team with a focus on providing a safe environment through education, customer service and enforcement for animal owners and the community.

Your key role is to enforce animal control regulations and bylaws, as they relate to dogs and other animals and to provide advice to customers on animal and bylaws matters. Other bylaws that you will be helping to administer include areas such as waterways, overhanging trees, parking.  This will be a mix of hands-on work as well as time in the office doing the administration side of the role.

Working as an Animal and Bylaws Officer can be both challenging and rewarding, requiring some specific technical skills and experience. But it’s not all about technical skills; 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, and have a common-sense approach. Without a doubt you will be a great problem-solver, be able to manage priorities under pressure and be known for thinking on your feet and trouble-shooting.

Here are some of the key skills and experience you will need:

  • Experience in animal control or a related field, including animal handling skills
  • The ability to build and maintain effective relationships with customers and community groups
  • Experience in customer-focused roles
  • Great verbal and written communication skills
  • A resilient and assertive approach
  • Well-equipped to negotiate difficult situations and people
  • Good level of computer literacy
  • Current driver’s licence
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Knowledge of by-laws and legislation
  • Preference given to candidates with National Certificate in Compliance and Regulatory Control (Animal Control) (Level 2 & 4)
  • Experience in compliance, investigation, enforcement, veterinary nursing, animal welfare or a related position on local government would be an advantage.


While you will be working during standard business hours, there will be a requirement for extra hours, on-call and weekend work as part of the team roster.

If you have a passion for the Masterton community, and have the skills and experience we are looking for, we would love to hear from you.  You can contact Terri Mulligan, Environmental Services Manager, for a confidential chat on 06 370 6244, or send us your application (CV and covering letter) specifically addressing your fit to the competencies we are looking for to [email protected]

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 2 April 2020 and applicants must have the right to work in New Zealand.

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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