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Parking wardens are responsible for issuing infringement notices (fines) for illegal parking and vehicle offences such as unregistered cars.
Parking wardens usually earn
$33K-$48K per year
Source: Wellington City Council.
Parking wardens usually earn between minimum wage and $48,000 a year depending on experience and the region they work in.
Source: Wellington City Council.
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What you will do
Parking wardens may do some or all of the following:
- check parked vehicles in a given area
- mark tyres with chalk to show how long vehicles have been parked
- issue tickets when vehicles have been parked too long, or are illegally parked, and take note of the circumstances
- issue notices for vehicle offences such as not having an up-to-date warrant of fitness or registration
- call tow trucks to remove illegally parked vehicles
- service and clear parking meters/machines
- educate people on parking regulations
- give people directions and provide visitor information about the city.
Skills and knowledge
Parking wardens need to have:
- knowledge of parking regulations and by-laws.
- work regular or irregular hours depending on the city or town they work in. They may also work overtime and at weekends
- work outside in car parks and on city streets
- work in all weather conditions
- sometimes deal with upset or angry car owners.
What's the job really like?
Marina Daniels - Parking Warden
Benefits of the job are the people
Marina Daniels says the benefits of her job are people-based.
"The best thing about this job is meeting the variety of people out there, and making friends with people at work. And we are also really close to management, which is important – if the communication between staff and management is good, it makes it an easy day for you."
Marina's working day starts at about seven each morning, and she can be working in any one of 40 patrol areas of Wellington. "You tend not to get rostered in the same area in consecutive days – that's a safety feature."
The downside of the job
The downside of the job comes from the attitude of some members of the public. "There can be negative stuff because of what you do, but that comes with the territory.
"You have to control yourself really well because you are wearing a uniform, and you are representing Armourguard, which is a big company, and the Wellington City Council as well.
"You either take what they say and brush it off – or you walk away. Those are pretty much your only options."
There are no specific entry requirements to become a parking warden, as you gain skills on the job under the supervision of a senior parking warden.
Following training, parking wardens can be assessed and receive a qualification for competency.
Parking wardens who drive motorcycles need to have the correct type of licence.
Educational requirements for parking wardens depend on the employer, but NCEA Level 1 is usually preferred. Useful subjects include English, maths and computer studies.
Parking wardens need to be:
- good at listening and communicating with people
- firm but fair
Customer service work is useful experience for parking wardens.
Parking wardens need to be fit, healthy and capable of walking long distances. They must also have a neat and tidy appearance.Check out related courses
What are the chances of getting a job?
Parking warden numbers stable but vacancies limited
Vacancies for parking wardens are rare because:
- the occupation is small
- the number of people in the role is stable, not growing
- people stay in the job for long periods.
Parking wardens commonly work for councils
Parking wardens usually work for local authorities such as city or district councils.
- Auckland Transport, 'A Parking Officer’s Job', accessed August 2015, (https://at.govt.nz/).
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2006-2014 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2015.
- Nally, K, chairman, New Zealand Parking Association, Careers New Zealand interview, November 2013.
- Otago Daily Times, 'Q&A: Meet a Parking Warden', accessed August 2015, (www.odt.co.nz).
Progression and specialisations
Parking wardens can progress into supervisory roles, or move into other positions within the council or organisation they work for, such as trainer or audit manager.
Some parking wardens specialise in a particular division, as part of parking services. For example, monitoring bus lanes.
Parking wardens may also move into related jobs such as:
Last updated 7 August 2017