Kennel Officer

We are looking for an experienced Animal professional with a commitment and passion in animal control, welfare and enforcement. A confident communicator with a natural ability with people and animals.

Hastings District Council’s Animal Control team work across our diverse communities to minimise harm and nuisance from dogs and other animals, and provide essential services such as dog registration and raising public awareness of responsible dog ownership.  We have a strong focus on education and quality customer service.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • You will assist in ensuring all animals in the accommodation area are cared for which includes feeding, exercising, and cleaning. With strong communication skills you will be customer focused by way of assisting with adoption, education and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You will be releasing dogs to the public, updating systems where appropriate and assisting with vet treatment of animals where required.

  • You will need to demonstrate animal handling skills and outstanding customer service as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. . Ideally you will also have previous NZ animal husbandry or vet clinic experience. You will need to be reliable, have a great work ethic and be able to withstand the physical requirements of this role. A full, clean NZ driver's licence is also preferred.

  • Working within the Dog Control Act 1996, Council’s Dog Control Bylaws 2016 and to administer the provisions of the Stock Impounding Act 1955, and HDC policy and procedures to ensure compliance and public safety

    What you will bring:

  • Demonstrated capability to work with animals and experience in dealing with aggressive dogs. Confidence in handling dogs and stock.

  • Hard working with high standards for the environment provided in the Welfare Centre

  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office and other software

  • A full clean NZ driving licence and the ability to drive a manual vehicle


Please note: This is a 20 hour week permanent part-position Tuesday to Saturday.


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Applications close: 27 May 2018


Permanent Part Time

Job no: EJAO839151

Location: Hastings

Closing Date: Sunday, 27 May 2018