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If you want to make a positive difference in your community, come and work with us.

Working here

Working at Council is dynamic and rewarding. There are all kinds of roles, each supporting a much-needed service or function in the community. Together, we are working towards our goal of a vibrant, caring, innovative, sustainable and prosperous Palmerston North.

We support our people to enjoy a healthy work-life balance, and help them advance their careers through ongoing professional learning and development.

Applying for a job

Interested in one of our roles? Here’s a quick guide to the application and recruitment process.

When you apply for a job at Council, there are a number of questions that will help us select the best person to join our team. The information you provide will help us assess your suitability for the job. There is a space to attach your CV and cover letter. Please make sure these up to date.

Once you have submitted your application, you’ll get a confirmation email letting you know we have received it. Our shortlisting process can take up to a week after the job closes, but you will hear from us before too long. If we think your skills and experience match what we’re looking for, we will invite you for an interview.

The recruitment for a lot of our jobs involves psychometric testing. This will be administered either onsite or online. You’ll get more details when we arrange the interview.

After the interview

At the end of your interview we will explain the next step in the process, including timeframes.

If you’ve become our preferred candidate, we will conduct reference checks. For some roles, we will require you to undergo a drug test before making an offer. From there, we may carry out credit checks, police vetting, Ministry of Justice criminal conviction checks, and visa checks – depending on the role you’re going for.