Careers and job vacancies

Job vacancies at Heritage New Zealand are advertised on this website, and across a range of other appropriate media including daily newspapers. Find out more about  the diversity of roles in the organisation.

Careers in heritage

What are we looking for?

Generally, we're looking for graduates with a passion for heritage and history.  Some roles may require postgraduate qualifications. Maturity and ability to work with all members of the community and a genuine desire to help care for and promote Aotearoa New Zealand's heritage are crucial.  Job advertisements and role descriptions will provide information about specific roles and the required skills and experience.

Students are encouraged to gain experience through volunteering, internships, field schools even taking part in research.  This type of experience is invaluable irrespective of your career choice.  Curiosity and enjoyment count too!

Careers in heritage

We've put together some profiles of our people (pdf) to give you an idea of the diverse roles within Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and the equally varied pathways taken to careers in heritage.

Archaeologists on the Hauiti marae

Project/Programme Coodinator / Kairuruku Kaupapa

Based in Wellington

Do you have a passion for heritage and an eye to the future? Are you ready to make your mark helping redevelop one of the most high profile heritage sites in the country?

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is New Zealand’s leading heritage organisation advocating for heritage across Aotearoa. We also proudly care for 45 of New Zealand’s most distinctive historic places, including a new addition to our portfolio, Turnbull House. Built originally to house the highly significant Turnbull Library, this landmark building sits opposite Parliament in the heart of Wellington’s government precinct. The seismic strengthening and full upgrade of Turnbull House presents a rare opportunity for you to play a pivotal role co-ordinating this exciting project.

The role sits within Organisational Development – a dynamic team charged with championing heritage, making it visible and relevant now and for future generations. You will be part of a project group that engages with far-ranging areas of work including buildings and conservation within a stimulating environment that will help you to grow your skillset and follow your passions.

We’re looking for a team-player who is also a self-starter and confident interacting with a range of stakeholders from local and national Government officials to iwi and the general public. We need someone who appreciates the value of accuracy, and process, but who also enjoys innovative thinking and problem solving.

We’d love to hear from you if you are:

  • A skilled communicator and relationship manager.
  • An excellent writer with an eye for detail, and experience reporting at governance level.
  • Familiar with project management including contractor procurement, design management, consultant engagement, and/or project programming (preferably in a government setting).
  • Experienced with budgets and cost management.
  • Someone with a demonstrable interest in history and culture.

In return you will gain:

  • Expertise working on major, nationally significant, heritage projects.
  • Involvement from design through to completion.
  • A great team culture and supportive environment in which to grow your career.
  • The opportunity to work in central Wellington in the midst of everything the capital has to offer.
  • The chance to work on meaningful, high-profile projects with a team of like-minded individuals.

This is a rare opportunity to join a high performing team. To be successful you must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and a great communicator who is fascinated by history and understands its value. If you want to work with an organisation that is committed to growing its people in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere, we would like to hear from you!

Applications for this role close at 5pm on Monday 27 September 2021.  Read the job description.

This is a readvertised position.

The salary range is $77,000 - $82,000.

How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to