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Regulatory Services Officer - Animal Control

Oamaru, New Zealand

Reference: 5743690

The Waitaki District Council is looking for a Regulatory Services Officer - Animal Control to join our Regulatory Services Team.

In this role you will be supported by an experienced and capable team. In addition to delivering animal control services, you will have opportunities to undertake a range of compliance and enforcement activities and to develop new skills.

We are looking for a confident and professional applicant who has:

  • Working knowledge of the Dog Control Act 1996 and experience delivering animal control services with a focus on education
  • The ability to apply a range of legislation to different regulatory scenarios to ensure compliance
  • Investigations or auditing experience, conducting interviews, and recording statements
  • The ability to exercise judgement and use discretion to make sound decisions
  • Conflict resolution and de-escalation skills

Animal handling and confidence to manage dogs or wandering stock are important, but to be considered for this role you must also be able to demonstrate how you meet the above requirements and technical competencies outlined in the position description.

Working in the Regulatory Services team at Waitaki District Council is challenging and fun. This is what our team has to say about it:

"I like the investigation side of animal control; we get to help the public and dog owners find solutions to their problems. The flexibility is incredible, and the work environment is constantly changing. I'm in charge of how I set out my day, but I also have plenty of support when I need it."

"Working in animal control can be rewarding, working with people from all walks of life, being able to educate them and help fix problems. Our work isn't restricted to the town, and we get to travel to beautiful areas in the district. There are opportunities to learn a range of skills and attend courses."

This is a full-time position with a requirement to undertake rostered after-hours on-call duties, including some weekends. These duties are shared amongst the team and attract an on-call allowance.

A contribution towards re-location expenses will be available for the right applicant and the option of part-time employment in the role may also be considered.

Council offers:

A comprehensive range of benefits, continuous professional development, and a friendly and exciting work environment. Get in touch to hear about our full range of staff benefits.

Waitaki is one of New Zealand's most vibrant on-the-grow districts and home to great lakes, ski fields, cycle trails, epic tramping, fishing and hunting, surf beaches and so much more. Award-winning restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, Steampunk and Oamaru's fascinating Victorian Precinct will be at your doorstep, along with Aotearoa's longest national heartland cycleway (the Alps to Ocean) and the fabulous Waitaki Whitestone Geopark. In 2020 Oamaru was voted the most welcoming town in New Zealand by Bookings.com. Add to this affordable housing, great schools and a real sense of community with no traffic jams! If you are thinking about a change, this might just be the place for you.

It is important for applicants to know that Waitaki District Council is currently undergoing a health and safety risk assessment to determine the risks of COVID-19 in our workplace and whether vaccinations are inherent to ensuring the health and safety of our team and customers. This role is subject to the risk assessment and depending on the outcome, may need to be completed by a fully vaccinated individual. We will update all shortlisted candidates as further information is available.

For further information about the role please contact Tristan Hope, Senior Compliance Officer, Regulatory Services on 03 433 0300.

Applications close Thursday 9 December 2021


Applications Close: 09 Dec 2021