Cool Careers in Local Government
Because each Council is different, there are many kinds of staff in each. Large Councils employ hundreds of staff, while small Councils may have as few as 20.
Every Council employs a Chief Executive Officer. This employee may be called the Town Clerk, District Clerk or City Manager. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Council and makes sure that all Council's decisions are carried out. The Chief Executive Officer also makes sure that the money the Council receives and spends is accounted for and that Council records are looked after properly. This is called administration.
Council employs people with a variety of different skills, including clerical staff, computer operators, accountants, rate clerks, properly valuers and other specialists to help with administration.
Councils may also employ engineering staff. Engineers are responsible for public works - roads, streets, bridges, parks, gardens and special projects. The engineer advises the Council on what work is needed and is in charge of construction staff. Many Councils also employ a number of other specialists like traffic engineers and mechanical engineers.
Environmental health officers look after public health and make sure that the environment is clean and safe. Some of their duties include supervising garbage services, controlling infectious diseases and inspecting shops and restaurants for health and safety.
Local Government planners ensure that development occurs in an orderly way. For example, this may involve making sure large factories and homes are kept in separate areas of the Council. They prepare plans setting out where particular activities can take place and they work with building surveyors, who approve building applications and check construction work to make sure that building rules are followed.
Councils provide many community services, as well as looking after construction and the environment, and need specific staff to carry out these tasks. Some Councils employ childcare workers to operate childcare centres and before/after school centres. They may also manage senior citizen centres and employ youth officers, recreation officers, librarians and community relations officers.
Not all the people working for the Council work at the town hall or civic centre. There are many more people who work out in the community, like garbage collectors, gardeners and road workers.
All these people have an important part to play in making sure that the work of Council is done. You might even want to consider a career in Local Government one day!! For further information about careers Click Here