Council jobs advice

Welcome to the Invercargill City Council employment section. Here you will find information about working for the Council, the job application process, and our latest vacancies.


  • Read the Job Description before you apply for a vacancy. This will tell you the key requirements of the role, and help you to decide if this position is for you. Job Descriptions are available for all roles.
  • Make sure you include a cover letter with your application. This is an important part of our application process, and allows you to introduce yourself and demonstrate how you are best suited to the position.
  • Be specific. Use your cover letter to link your own experience to the job specification. Short examples are a great way to do this. For instance, instead of saying “I possess superior time management skills" expand on this with “My superior time management skills are demonstrated by…” followed with appropriate examples from your experience. Try and keep this to one page.
  • One size does not fit all. Tailor your CV to the position you are applying for. It is not necessary to list all work experience if it is not relevant to the vacancy.
  • Your CV should be brief but informative. Employers don’t want long CVs - but we still want to know about you and what you have done that makes you the best person for the job. Generally two to three pages is a good guideline. In this you should list your key responsibilities and key achievements in your past positions. We are looking to see what value you would bring from your previous employment.
  • If applying online make sure you use a common file type for your CV and cover letter such as .doc (MS Word) or .pdf (Portable Document Format).
  • Check your CV and cover letter for spelling and grammatical errors. Applications with mistakes look sloppy and unprofessional. It might be useful to get someone else to look over your application before you send it to us.
  • Make sure you can be reached easily at the contact details you provide. If you have voicemail, regularly check your messages.
  • 9. Make sure your application is in on time. Generally, late applications will not be considered.

What to expect 

We believe that the Invercargill City Council (ICC) is a great place to work with many benefits including:

  • Health insurance: ICC is part of a Southern Cross group scheme: it offers staff discounts on their health insurance.
  • Annual leave: After six years of employment with ICC staff receive an extra week of annual leave, totaling 5 weeks.
  • Sick leave: Most ICC staff are entitled to 10 days sick leave for each year of service after an initial 6 months’  continuous employment - twice the amount required by statute.
  • Wellness: ICC is committed to the wellness of its employees and undertakes various initiatives to support this. Examples include annual flu vaccinations, Wellness Days in which staff can get a range of medical tests including vision, hearing, blood pressure and blood sugar, sponsorship of Council sports teams, and sponsorship of staff participating in events promoting active living such as the Surf to City and the Corporate Rowing Challenge.
  • Workplace support: ICC provides an Employee Assistance Programme in which trained professional support people visits our ICC workplaces. Staff can discuss personal or work-related issues or problems with the support staff during these visits or by phone - 24 hours a day.
  • Social Club: The ICC has an active Social Club that all staff members can join for a small fortnightly deduction from their wages. Events held include Friday night drinks, Mid-Winter Christmas Party, Movie Night, Hottest Home Baker, Children’s Christmas Party, and much more. This is a great way to get to know your ICC colleagues.


To be considered for a job with the Council, you must be currently entitled to work in New Zealand. Your application should also confirm this. If you are unsure of your entitlement to work in New Zealand, you should contact the New Zealand Immigration Service. JD

Equal opportunities

The Council is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all current and prospective employees and to meeting the various legal obligations in the equitable recruitment, selection, development and conditions of employment of employees. In all aspects of recruitment, training, development, remuneration, performance evaluation, discipline and promotion, the Council will actively ensure that no discrimination takes place on the grounds of age, marital status, gender, religion, ethnic origin, ethical beliefs, colour or race, employment status, disability (including illness), sexual orientation, political opinion, family status or employee representation.

Applying for a job at ICC

You can apply online or request application documents from Council (03) 211 1777.


  • Currently we are not accepting general expressions of interest.
  • An offer of employment is subject to a clear drug screen.
  • If you have a question that is not covered in this section, please email the Human Resources team.