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.

Property Lead

Based in Wellington

REF 139

Do you love and care about buildings? Are you keen to look after two of Wellington’s most iconic and special heritage buildings? In this role you’ll report to and work closely with the Manager Heritage Assets Central Region, and be responsible for two iconic Wellington heritage buildings: Old Government Buildings and Chevening Flats.

As Property Lead you will focus on the property management and relationship needs of these historic properties. You can expect to be planning for their long-term future as well as responding to the variety of challenging issues that crop up in busy heritage buildings.

You will be based at Old Government Buildings where the office has a view of the Beehive and is really at the centre of things. You’ll be supported by creative colleagues who are real heritage experts at Old St Paul’s and at the Central Regional Office in Boulcott Street.

We are looking for a keen facilities or property manager who is fascinated by heritage and excited by the opportunity to enhance and protect these buildings by working with a great mix of stakeholders and contractors. We are seeking someone who is an excellent communicator and problem-solver, and who will bring excellent relationship- building skills and attention to detail.

We’re keen to work with someone who has experience in an area such as facilities or property management, heritage or museum management. Your experience in managing contracts, contractors, and stakeholders will be really beneficial.

Salary Range: $75,000 - $82,000. View the job description and background information.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter to

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 30 September 2022. We will be interviewing as applications come through and reserve the right to offer before closing date for the right person.

Marketing Advisor and Heritage Champion

Based in Wellington

REF 141

  • Incredible stories to tell? Tick.
  • A clear vision and strong cause? Tick.
  • Millions of people who care about what we do? Double tick.

Our places and mahi might be rooted in history but our marketing is far from behind-the-times. We’re more dynamic and driven than dusty and dated. We’re connecting the dots with a strong approach to make sure people feel emotionally connected with, and inspired by, Aotearoa New Zealand’s heritage. An exciting time? Absolutely. An extraordinary opportunity too.

We are looking for a marketing guru to join our passionate team and help shape Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga into the future. We have come leaps and bounds recently in our marketing mahi, and are seeking out the next creative spark to get us to the next level. It’s a time of transformation and we need creative brilliance, bold ideas and influential insight to take us forward.

This isn’t transactional marketing; we need people to be involved with us and emotionally engaged in order to continue our work. This is marketing with feeling. Marketing with a purpose.

You will draw on insights to reach and engage new audiences in bold and creative ways. You will shape and amplify our brand and develop powerful tools and strategies to deliver on our ambitions. You’ll know how to negotiate a great deal for various marketing channels and have a sound understanding of our national advertising landscape. You’ll know what makes our slice of paradise unique, fun and engaging. And you’ll harness the power of these special attributes in your marketing plans.

If you have a passion for heritage and great experiences, and are brimming with new ideas, then please apply! We have ambition by the bucket load and projects in the pipeline, and we need someone with imagination, drive, vision and flair to roll up their sleeves and find ways to achieve them.

You’ll be a self-starter who loves working collaboratively, values relationships, and is an expert at spotting opportunities and juggling multiple projects. Using your tech-savvy skills, industry experience and well-honed strategic eye, you’ll be a great communicator who understands the finer points of how marketing is at the heart of connecting people and places.

This pivotal role is within our dynamic and close-knit team in Wellington. Relevant marketing qualifications or experience are essential. Skills in graphic design, photography, videography and writing would also enhance your chances of landing this exciting position. View the job description.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter to quoting REF 141. 

Applications close on Thursday, 4 October at 5pm.