Join the small Council working to help Kaikōura move forward as a great place to live.

Kaikōura District Council is considered the smallest Council on mainland New Zealand. While our population base of just 3,621 permanent residents makes us the ‘smallest', many of our achievements have left the ‘big' Council's following in our footsteps. 

Between 2018 and 2021 we're tackling some big work programmes that take on some of our District’s biggest issues and meet our community needs and legal responsibilities.

Council is here to help create a district that can move forward as a great place to live, with a strong, well-connected community that is ecologically exemplary and economically prosperous. 

We offer you a place to work in a spectacular district nestled between the mountains and the sea, without any of the hassles of a big city. Suited to people who enjoy the outdoors and marine activities, Kaikōura has fabulous scenery, boutique shopping, fishing, diving, cycling, walking and beaches.

Find out more about the team

Current Vacancies

Building Control Cadet (Permanent Position, Full-Time)

This is a secondary position that offers a great pathway to becoming a professional Building Control Officer (BCO), responsible for ensuring that buildings are constructed to appropriate standards. There is consistently strong demand for BCOs and as such this position can open your way to a rewarding career.

To be suitable for this role you will need to be passionate about developing a career in Building Control, a good understanding of building construction methods, have a well organised and practical nature and be good at dealing with people. You must also have sound levels of numeracy and literacy, and be able to pay close attention to detail, as is required to work in a highly regulated environment dealing with assets that are extremely important to peoples’ lives.

The position requires you to gain skills through both on the job training and enrolment in a formal building control qualification.

The position is for 40 hours per week, between 8.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Download a full job description here.
Applications should be emailed to
Closing date for applications is Friday 29th January 2021.