Parks & Recreation Technical Officer - Whangarei District Council

What’s great about this role?

Do you have a passion for our district’s parks and gardens, trees, tracks, walkways and recreational spaces?

Our Parks Technical Officers are responsible for the day to day maintenance and long-term improvement of our district’s green spaces, which enhance our community’s enjoyment of the great outdoors.

This provides variety, with your time split across the three core areas of Contract Management – Customer Service – Asset Management.

What you will do?

You will maintain a tight working relationship with external suppliers who are responsible for the upkeep of sports fields and other popular outdoor locations.

In the management of these contracts, you will audit to ensure compliance with agreed KPI’s and to keep up to date with our service providers’ activities in progress – along with their scheduled plans.

When customers have enquiries relating to the areas you oversee, you will be their first point of contact.

You will regularly review the overall condition of these grounds, helping to ensure that our assets are renewed periodically as may be necessary, and prepared in time (and to the standard required) for seasonal variations in their use.

Key skills we are looking for

You will be actively involved in helping to ensure that we offer the best possible service to our community. So, it will be great if you have the following:

  • NZQA recognised qualification in Turf Culture, Arboriculture, Horticulture and/or Recreation Management (preferred)
  • Experience in contract management (preferred)
  • Experience in financial forecasting and management of OPEX and CAPEX budgeting
  • A ‘people person’ who enjoys contributing to the overall strength of a team
  • Exemplary time management
  • Computer literacy including MS Word & Excel

Why Whangarei District Council?

We offer a professional and progressive environment, continuous learning and development opportunities, a range of flexible working and work/life balance options, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, payment of a professional membership, an active Social Club, plus much more.

Whangarei is a district on the rise. It is Northland's only city and largest commercial centre. Nestled between the forest clad hills at the heart of the beautiful Whangarei Harbour, nowhere in the district is more than 40 kilometres away from our spectacular coastline. For many, commuting to WDC's CBD location is a breeze.

There's a lot that'll make you 'Love it Here!'

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the People and Capability team on (09) 430 4200 or 0800 932 463.

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