Working for Us

Our Culture

Our organisational culture is critical and shapes our decision making and interactions with each other, and the wider communities we serve.  We are committed to encouraging a supportive, positive and inclusive culture where communication, ideas, collaboration, and skills are valued.  We believe that this is key to our success.  Our culture is reflected in our ‘Big 5’ behaviours which help to shape us as an organisation:

  • Relationship management – 'The power of having conversations';
  • Working as one - 'Managing our differences and building trust. Every face is a Horizons face';
  • Making regulation easy - 'Solutions and valued outcomes ahead of process';
  • Capability and capacity - 'Aligning our people to the future'; and
  • Creating an agile organisation - 'Insight and foresight for future relevance’

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The Benefits of Working for Us

When you join us you can look forward to a rewarding career full of opportunities to develop, along with a positive and supportive work environment.  We take a holistic approach to employee wellbeing, acknowledging that job satisfaction is also about enabling a balance between work and life outside work. We do this through:

  • Strong focus on employee health, wellness and wellbeing;
  • Flexible work-life-balance opportunities;
  • Family friendly work environment;
  • Assistance with tertiary education;
  • Positive health and safety culture;
  • Capability development programmes that enable advancement into leadership roles, along with skill development across different functional jobs; and
  • A supportive and social work environment where enduring friendships and collegiality develop.
We also provide an environment which supports both personal and professional growth.  We provide you with opportunities to stretch, perform, grow and maximise your potential.  These opportunities include ongoing learning and development, study assistance and internal promotion opportunities.

Meet our People

Our staff are involved in a wide variety of work. This is reflected in over 100 different roles such as scientists, accountants, river engineers, transport planners, policy analysts, plant and animal officers, and hydrologists.  The following short clips will give you an insight into what our staff do.

Note from our Chief Executive

Fancy a career in regional council?  I say great choice! Regional government in this country is an incredibly rewarding career.

Even after more than 20 years in the business, I am blown away with the variety of different work we are involved in. Scientists, researchers, river engineers, transport planners, policy analysts, plant and animal officers, hydrologists… these are just a few of the careers at Horizons.

The opportunity to move to different roles within Horizons also makes it a great career choice, so I encourage you to join our 200 dedicated staff committed to making our Region a great place to live, work and play.

Our Place

People who live in our Region have the best of both worlds – they enjoy the shopping, great food and nightlife of the city while only needing to travel a small distance to experience the rural delights, ski fields, rivers, beaches and reserves such as our regional park Totara Reserve.

You'll never be short of things to do and see; get your dose of theatre at the Regent in Palmerston North, take a walk (or jetboat) through our beautiful Manawatu Gorge or cruise the Whanganui River aboard the restored paddle steamer the PS Waimarie. 

Raising a family? Our Region offers some of the best schools in the country. Thinking of studying? We have Massey University and UCOL right on our doorstep.  Interested in sports? We also have an incredible variety of sporting opportunities, whether you are a spectator or a participant - our Region has so much to offer!

For more lifestyle information on our Region see Destination Manawatu and City of Wanganui.

Work With Us

We are always on the look out for those who take an interest in our organisation.
Drop us a line and your details if you would like to be in the know for our next opening.

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