Vacancies

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


Rates Officer

(Permanent - Full Time) 

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic person to join the Council team in Kaikōura.  Whether you are already experienced in rates and rating systems, or you have excellent skills and the capability to develop into the role, we welcome your application.

 

Candidates with appropriate skills and experience might have a background in customer service, communications, the use of databases, financial or other business systems, or other relevant areas, and be ready to be trained in this interesting field.

 

You might be joining us from another Council, excited to grow your skills and experience, or looking for a change and something interesting and challenging in a welcoming workplace.  Either way, this could be the refresh and restart you've been looking for – the lifestyle is great here in Kaikōura, and positions like this are hard to find!

We will consider suitable candidates at varying degrees of experience – from those at a relatively early stage of their career through to experienced senior practitioners.  Remuneration and other terms and conditions are negotiable for the right candidate.

 

This role involves a challenging mix of validating and reconciling valuation data, processing new land titles and service connections, formulation of rates to be invoiced, arranging quarterly invoicing, applying rebates and remissions, as well as rates penalties for overdue rates.  Abilities in MS Office products (particularly Excel), and interest and ability to analyse, reconcile and work with data and databases is essential.  This role is also customer-facing, with phone, email, and face to face enquiries to respond to, and overdue rates to follow up, and so relies on your excellent interpersonal skills.

 

The following experience and skills are necessary to be successful in this position:

  • Delivery of high-quality administration services
  • Effective communication skills
  • Efficient and experienced in financial, administration, establishing and implementing business systems and processes
  • Strong time management and multi-tasking abilities
  • Experience and interest in database management and analysis
  • MS Office, particularly Excel skills at an intermediate level or above
  • A high standard of interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people at all levels and work well in a team

 

You will have a calm, friendly disposition, and enjoy working as part of a small dynamic team. Providing exceptional customer service will come naturally to you as well as having a 'can do' attitude and willingness to help with priorities needed in our small team. You will be highly motivated with excellent attention to detail and be able to work autonomously and take ownership of the responsibilities in this role.

We also offer a range of benefits including medical insurance, flexible work arrangements, and a friendly team environment.

 

Applications close at 8am on Tuesday 8th February.  Note suitable candidates may be progressed to interview stage as applications are received.  Applicants are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

 

 

A full job description is available here.
Applications should be emailed to HR@kaikoura.govt.nz

 

 

Planner - Resource Consent Focus

(Permanent – Full Time)

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic Planner to join the Council team in Kaikōura. Opportunities for both junior/ intermediate level and senior planners. You might be joining us from another Council, excited to grow your skills and experience, or wanting an opportunity to influence real change. Or maybe you just want to live in a unique and world-renowned location?

Either way, this could be the refresh and restart you've been looking for – the lifestyle is great here in Kaikōura! With activity and development trending right up, there has never been a better time to be part of our team and the community.

We can accept suitable candidates at varying degrees of experience – from graduates through to senior planners. Remuneration and other terms and conditions such a relocation expenses are negotiable for the right candidate.

In this role, you will apply your planning expertise to a range of matters, including being the key team member providing advice at pre-application meetings, processing and assessing resource consent applications, and making recommendations that foster quality outcomes.  You will also attend hearings as a reporting officer and process Project Information Memoranda. You will also have a key role interacting with applicants and general public enquiries and be across all the development occurring in our world renowned District. 

 We have a track record of welcoming and developing Planners with a wide variety of interesting work.

A full job description is available here.
Applications should be emailed to HR@kaikoura.govt.nz