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This page contains information about careers and opportunities available at Council.
Updated: 13/03/2014 11:16 a.m.

The elected council appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to manage Council operations and lead our administrative organisation. The CEO is responsible for:

  • advising the Mayor and Councillors on policy matters.
  • ensuring policy adopted by Council is implemented.

The CEO is able to carry out this role by delegating to the senior Leadership Team and Council staff.

For further information about our administrative structure, follow the link below.

Council Structure

Career options

Through the structure of our organisation and our work in supporting the local community, we are able to offer a wide variety of career opportunities to employees. These include work in areas such as:

  • Infrastructure projects
  • Water, waste and drainage engineering
  • Roading engineering
  • Parks and recreation management
  • Library services
  • Environmental health
  • Regulatory services
  • Building compliance
  • Resource consents planning
  • Environmental engineering
  • Policy planning
  • Information technology
  • Finance
  • Customer service
  • Administrative support
  • Property management
  • Community development
  • Communications
  • Human resources.

Though we like to develop our people to ensure we always get the right person for the job we advertise all our vacancies online and in selected local media.

If you would like to work for us and think you'd make a valuable contribution to our team, make sure you check our job vacancies page regularly to see if there are any roles that may match your skills and experience.

Job Vacancies

Tertiary scholarships

The scholarship programme was established in 2005 in recognition of professional skill shortages and to demonstrate our commitment to further education for local people for the benefit of the community.

The Scholarships are awarded in the disciplines that will support our future business needs. Each Scholarship provides financial assistance and work experience while studying.

Scholarship opportunities are advertised in a similar way as our regular job vacancies and directly through local schools.

  • be current residents of the Whangarei district (six months or more) although may be studying in another centre.
  • be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand permanent residents.
  • hold the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 and/or the NZ Scholarships assessments, or other qualifications recognised for University Entrance, or
  • have partly completed a relevant tertiary qualification to a generally high standard
  • be prepared to work for a bonded period of 2 years upon completion of their qualification.


Our Cadetship programme has been set up to provide training, development and paid work experience for young people aged 17-24 to give them skills for long term work and sustainable careers. This programme reflects both the Mayoral Taskforce and Work and Income's common commitment to have all youth transitioning into further education, training or development.

The Cadetship programme is run annually and is initiated and advertised by Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).


We are grateful to volunteers who help out in the library and also with seasonal events like the Endless Summer Festival. If you would like to lend a hand please get in touch.

Contact us

Human Resources
Phone: +64 9 430 4200

Council offices - locations and hours of opening




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