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With an enviable climate, laid-back lifestyle, and friendly community environment, the Buller district is a great place to live, work, and enjoy.

Buller has so much to offer. You will be surrounded by national parks, beautiful beaches, and an abundance of outdoor activities. The added bonus of never worrying about traffic or parking, leaves plenty of opportunity to get out and explore, creating exceptional work-life balance.

We are a small Council that is big on people. We work hard to have the right people working with us, and are committed to building their capabilities.

If you are looking for a career where you can make a real difference to your community, we would love to hear from you.

Current vacancies

Reefton Campground Manager Contractor – Fixed Term 12 months

Live and work in one of New Zealand’s most adventurous and pristine regions. Play a key role in shaping our district. Advance your career whilst enjoying a quality work-life balance. This is live in position and the expectation is that you will be 'hands on' in all areas of our campground. You will be the face of our company to ensure the successful day-to-day running of the business.

What will you do?

  • Greet guests and check them into cabins, caravans or campsites
  • Maintain the facility including but not limited to buildings and machinery, mowing the domain grounds and camping areas, weed eating, spraying, weeding planted areas and gardens, inspecting and managing septic system and water supply, water blasting
  • Maintain and clean all the facilities
  • Carry out administrative tasks
  • Handle guest requests and complaints
  • Work with the Reefton Reserve Subcommittee to establish an online reservation system
  • Take accommodation bookings, manage reservation systems and maintain accurate records of reservation and payments
  • Clean, prepare and maintain high standards in facilities for community and visitor use
  • Keep up to date with public health requirements/restrictions
  • Respond to enquiries and requests for assistance from visitors
  • Order and/or purchase equipment and supplies, including fuel, stationery (within delegations)
  • Regular spring cleaning of facilities, including washing windows
  • Arrange contractors (within delegations or with approval of the Client and in consultation with the Reefton Reserve Subcommittee).

Who are you?

The ideal candidate would ideally have experience as a Campground/ Holiday Park Manager, or experience in the accommodation management sector. You will have:

  • Customer service skills
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety
  • Knowledge of the local area and tourist attractions
  • Business administration, management and marketing skills
  • A current driver’s license and a first aid certificate or be prepared to obtain one at your own cost
  • Practical maintenance and repair skills, such as plumbing, and skill in operating machinery would be an advantage.

This is an amazing opportunity for a motivated person or couple looking to work together in a great working lifestyle or take the next step in their career in the accommodation industry.

To apply, please read, complete and submit the following documentation: 

Applications are to be marked 'Confidential' and addressed to Jason Sellaiah, Subcommittee Liaison. This form can be posted to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866 or emailed to

Applications close 5pm Friday 8th March 2024

Governance Secretary      

Join Our Team at Buller District Council!

Are you an enthusiastic and self-driven individual with a passion to be the lead of our governance team? Buller District Council has an exciting opportunity for you to step into a pivotal role that offers flexibility and growth.

Key Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for providing and leading Council and Elected Members with specialist advice on best-practice governance and democratic processes and ensure that all Council, Committee, and Community Board meetings are scheduled and run in-accordance with legislative requirements including those in the Buller District Council (BDC) Standing Orders and Code of Conduct.

You will provide professional and efficient governance and secretarial support through management of all governance functions, will seek future-focussed solutions to any Governance related issues and will develop strong, positive working relationships with all staff, elected members and stakeholders.

What We Are Looking For:

A consummate professional with a strong understanding of best-practice governance and democratic processes, who has experience in scheduling and running Council, Committee, and Community Board meetings in accordance with legislative requirements.  Strong organisational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities and competing priorities. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the capacity to work collaboratively with various stakeholders.

Why Join Buller District Council:

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking organisation and make a meaningful impact. Join our supportive, friendly teams we work hard towards achieving our goals and contribute to the success of Buller District Council.

Your Impact:

Reporting to Manager Customer Experience, you will lead the effective delivery of governance duties. This critical role involves collaboration with Elected Members, Chairs, and the Senior Leadership Team, ensuring the smooth running of all governance meetings. Your meticulous attention to detail will be showcased through the preparation of draft report papers, agenda collation, and accurate meeting minute-taking.

Who You Are:

Leading by example and as a seasoned Secretary, you bring excellent solution-focused administration and organisational skills to the table. Your strong communication and problem-solving abilities make you comfortable navigating ambiguity. With a proactive nature, you anticipate and address obstacles, always staying one step ahead. You possess an eye for detail, intermediate to advanced Microsoft Suite skills, and technical proficiency in online meeting requirements. You have exceptional time management skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure even with competing priorities and deadlines.

This is a full-time, permanent role. Flexible working hours and some evening work is required for this role.

Applications are to be marked 'Confidential' and addressed to Human Resources, Buller District Council, P O Box 21, Westport 7866 or emailed to All applications are required to be accompanied by the Application From, a Covering Letter and a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae.

Applications close 5pm Friday 8th March 2024

Coordinator Roading

Fulltime, Permanent position

The opportunity

We are seeking to recruit a Roading Coordinator to join our Roading and Transport Division. 

Use your roading programme delivery expertise to develop and execute a work plan that ensures the districts roading, bridge and structure assets are fully functional and fit for the future!

This is a fantastic full time (40 hours per week) role which offers an excellent opportunity to work within a talented, supportive team. Advance your career whilst enjoying a quality work-life balance, working in one of NZ’s most pristine regions with nature, hiking & sandy beaches on your doorstep. 

At the Buller District Council we are a team of customer focused people who take pride in maintaining the beauty of our region.

What you’ll be doing

The successful candidate will hold responsibility for a variety of important duties including, but not limited to:

  • Lead the portfolio of our roading, structures, bridge management, maintenance and investment programmes and monitoring of the road network maintenance contract.
  • Providing innovative technical design solutions and technical advice with regards to a number of roading and transportation assets.
  • Coordinating programmes of work and delivery of roading network management tasks within our Roading and Transport Department.
  • Coordinate and lead the roading portfolio to ensure that all roading procedures and processes are compliant with both internal policies and external legislation and Waka Kotahi requirements.
  • Implement the current roading activity management plan and drive the development of future tactical asset plans.

What we’re looking for

With experience in roading you know how to deliver projects and a programme of work.  You take ownership and like to deliver results in collaboration with others. You believe in continuous improvement and will look to expand your knowledge whilst passing on your expertise to others.

Our ideal candidate will have an excellent understanding of Local Government and its Traffic and Roads operations.

Additionally, you will have proven experience of in managing a diverse, mainly rural and remote, local roading network in a New Zealand setting. 

Personally, you will be a positive, collaborative self-starter who enjoys driving and being accountable for a portfolio of work.  You will work with a great attention to detail.

What’s on offer

  • Permanent full-time Fixed term position (40 hours per week)
  • Attractive salary, in line with your experience
  • A positive workplace culture
  • Ongoing career development
  • An excellent work-life balance
  • Ability to coach and lead others in your technical knowledge

Skills and experience

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • The right to live and work in New Zealand
  • Experience of working within a Roading and Transportation department or similar, within a Local Government setting would be highly desirable
  • Proven road engineering experience and a technical understanding on managing a roading networks
  • High level of computer literacy.
  • Advanced technical skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal & presentation skills.
  • Exceptional written & oral communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, concise reports.
  • Honesty, integrity & reliability.
  • Resilience and the ability to cope under pressure.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to talk to you!

Applications are to be marked ’Confidential’ and addressed to Human Resources, Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866 or emailed to All applications are required to be accompanied by the Application From, a Covering Letter and a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae.

Applications Close 4pm Friday 23rd  of February 2024.