Senior Animal Management Officer

Far North District Council

Northland, New Zealand

Full time

NZ$59.6-70.1k (annually)

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Apr 23

This job is no longer accepting applications.

Te wero – The Challenge

A pivotal role has become available for a highly motivated professional who is looking for a challenging yet rewarding position. This is a key position within the Animal Management team which manages and administers the enforcement and compliance with the Dog Control Act 1996 and associated bylaws and the Impounding Act 1955 and associated Bylaws.

This is a highly interactive role that will see you working with, and alongside, a range of positions and people, both within council and in the community. It is essential you are able to build relationships quickly and foster a positive working culture.

Previous experience in animal management is essential and ideally you will have prior investigative experience with an ability to come up to speed quickly with new legislation and policy requirements.

You will support the Team Leader - Animal Management as an escalation point for difficult issues and coach, and mentor our highly skilled and committed Animal Management Officers.


This role is also responsible for the following:

  • Training and evaluating Animal Management Officers
  • Preparation of duty rosters, make field assignment, monitor field activities and perform related work as required.
  • Ability to act in a Team Leader capacity to cover leave
  • Overseeing and management of council’s dog shelters, including procedures of operations
  • Responding to public complaints and concerns
  • Seizure and impoundment of animals
  • Education of dog owners and the general public
  • Investigating complaints, taking statements, and completing report files and administration



I ā koe– About You

You are passionate about the welfare of animals and enjoy finding solutions to difficult situations. Being a skilled communicator, you will have exceptional customer service, enabling you to offer unbiased customer service to all parties. 

The skills and attributes we are looking for are:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in the Animal Management industry
  • NZ Firearms Licence (or the proven ability to be able to obtain a licence)
  • Effectively execute investigative procedures
  • Ability to handle stressful situations with calmness and composure
  • Detailed and through approach to maintaining records and workloads
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Current drivers licence.
  • Proven ability to interact successfully with members of the general public
  • Excellent team player
  • Strong Health and Safety ethic.
  • Sound knowledge of the Dog Control Act 1996 and the Impounding Act 1955



Tā mātou āroha – What we Offer

Far North District Council is a progressive and growing Council filled with like-minded people who love what they do and are committed to providing superior services to residents in their community.

The salary for this position is Grade 13 within Council's salary structure ($59,577 - $70,091 per annum) dependent on qualifications and experience, plus Kiwi Saver. We offer you flexible work arrangements and the chance to enjoy the lifestyle and beauty only the Far North region can provide.

You will also be given all the tools of the trade you need to hit the ground running including a laptop, mobile phone, and professional development plan to ensure your ongoing growth and success within the organisation.


Positions like this don't come along often so don't wait - apply now!

Creating Great Places, Supporting our People


 Applications close on Sunday, 9 May 2021

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