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.


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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.


Legal Services Advisor

Preferably based in Wellington

(Ref 111)

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is New Zealand’s lead agency for heritage protection, advocacy and heritage properties management.

As part of the Regional Services Team, reporting to the Manager Legal Services, the Legal Services Advisor will assist with the provision of Legal Services for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic person to give legal advice to a broad range of disciplines.

Experience in resource management and a related area is required, as is eligibility for a practising certificate.

If this sounds like your ideal role, then we would love to hear from you. 

Applications for this position close at 5pm on Sunday 22 May 2022.

The salary range for the position is $75,000 - $82,229. View the job description.

How to apply: 

Please send your CV and cover letter to recruit@heritage.org.nz.


Kaiurungahoe – Team Leader

Preferably based in Auckland

(Ref 116)

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is Aotearoa's lead agency for heritage identification, protection, conservation and advice.  

Reporting to the Director Māori Heritage and as a member of Te Tira (Māori Heritage Team), the Kaiurungahoe will:

  • be Auckland based and have a working knowledge of local narratives, histories and relationships
  • provide input to the Māori Heritage component of the archaeological authority and resource management processes including planning
  • consult with kaitiaki Māori to better manage sites of significance
  • provide heritage advice training and guidance to kaitiaki Māori
  • actively engage with iwi/hapū regarding the listing of Wāhi Tapu/areas, Wahi Tupuna and historic places of interest to Māori
  • engage in outreach projects directed by the Director
  • promote the conservation of Māori heritage buildings

A key focus of the position is to work with Te Tira/the Māori Heritage Team to support Māori communities with the protection and recognition of their heritage, particularly in the archaeological authority process and on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero and National Historic Landmarks.

A tertiary qualification, technical competency and experience in a relevant professional field such as: Māori heritage, archaeology, heritage conservation, museum and indigenous studies, statutory advocacy, urban planning, environment science, resource consent management, cultural monitoring or related field is required.

Experience working with iwi/hapū/kaitiaki/runanga and other Māori organisations, and key customers is essential. A working knowledge of the relevant statutory and legislative processes and an understanding of tikanga Māori, the Treaty of Waitangi and proficiency in Te Reo Māori is required. Experience as a cultural monitor and kaitiaki is preferred.

You must have a Vaccine Passport to be considered for this position.

Applications close at 5pm on 29 May 2022.

The salary range for the position is $76,000 - $84,000. View the job description

How to apply: 

Please send your CV and cover letter to recruit@heritage.org.nz.


Policy Advisor / Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Here

Based in Wellington

Two (2) roles

(Ref 117)

Are you passionate about the history of New Zealand and its heritage places? Do you have a strong interest in te ao Māori and New Zealand’s cultural landscapes? Do you have excellent critical thinking and organisational skills? Are you interested in developing public policy?

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is New Zealand’s leading heritage agency. An autonomous Crown entity, we have key statutory roles in conserving New Zealand’s cultural heritage and in advocating for its protection.

We are seeking two (2) policy advisors who will develop heritage policy, coordinate policy processes, and advocate for heritage protection. Both roles are fulltime. Key aspects of the roles include:

  • developing policy advice on heritage matters
  • drafting submissions to public bodies advocating for heritage protection
  • administering consent processes
  • coordinating work on technical guidelines and conservation plans
  • representing Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga in interagency policy processes

The successful applicants will have a tertiary qualification in a relevant field such as public policy, Māori studies, planning, history, art history, archaeology or heritage studies. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential.

You must have a Vaccine Passport to be eligible for these positions.

Applications for these positions close at 5pm on Sunday 29 May 2022.

The salary range for the position is $66,000 - $82,229. View the job description.

How to apply: 

Please send your CV and cover letter to recruit@heritage.org.nz.


Pouārahi - Māori Heritage Advisor

Based in Wellington

(Ref 115)

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is the lead agency for heritage identification, protection, conservation and advice in Aotearoa.

Reporting to the Director Māori Heritage and as a member of Te Tira (Māori Heritage Team), the Pouārahi will:

  • be Wellington based and have a working knowledge of local narratives, histories and relationships
  • provide input to the Māori Heritage component of the archaeological authority and resource management processes including planning
  • consult with kaitiaki Māori to better manage sites of significance
  • provide heritage advice training and guidance to kaitiaki Māori
  • actively engage with iwi/hapū regarding the listing of Wāhi Tapu/areas, Wahi Tupuna and historic places of interest to Māori
  • engage in outreach projects directed by the Director
  • promote the conservation of Māori heritage buildings

A key focus of the position is to process archaeological authorities and deal with issues that affect sites of significance and places of interest to Māori.

A tertiary qualification, technical competency and experience in a relevant professional field such as: Māori heritage, archaeology, heritage conservation, museum and indigenous studies, statutory advocacy, urban planning, environment science, resource consent management, cultural monitoring or related field is required.

Experience working with iwi/hapū/kaitiaki/runanga and other Māori organisations, and key customers is essential. A working knowledge of the relevant statutory and legislative processes and an understanding of tikanga Māori, the Treaty of Waitangi and proficiency in Te Reo Māori is required. Experience as a cultural monitor and kaitiaki is preferred.

You must have a Vaccine Passport to be considered for this position.

Applications close at 5pm on 29 May 2022.

The salary range for the position is $75,000 - $82,000. View the job description

How to apply: 

Please send your CV and cover letter to recruit@heritage.org.nz.


Northern Region Planner – Part-time, 24 hours per week

Based in Auckland

(Ref 112)

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is this country’s lead agency for the identification, protection, preservation and conservation of our historical and cultural heritage. There is a vacancy for an experienced resource management planner for Auckland, Hauraki and Thames Coromandel areas based in our Auckland office. Some travel within these areas will be required.  

This position provides a real opportunity to make a major contribution as part of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga's Northern Regional team in promoting the protection and conservation of New Zealand’s important heritage places in the region. Your expertise, personality and creativity will complement our committed multidisciplinary team of heritage specialists.

The role calls for resource management planning expertise, you will be representing Heritage New Zealand in public forums providing expert planning advice and evidence. Candidates also need the ability and confidence to foster strong working relationships and negotiate positive outcomes with stakeholders. It also involves resource management planning to support our nationally significant heritage properties.

A tertiary qualification in planning or a related field and relevant Resource Management Act experience is required. 

If this sounds like your ideal role, then we’d love to hear from you. 

Applications for this position close at 5pm on Monday 30 May 2022.

The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $82,000 FTE. View the job description

How to apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter to recruit@heritage.org.nz.

 

Northern Region Planner – Part-time, 24 hours per week

Based in Kerikeri

(Ref 113)

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is this country's lead agency for the identification, protection, preservation and conservation of our historical and cultural heritage. There is a vacancy for an experienced resource management planner for Auckland, Hauraki and Thames Coromandel areas based in our Auckland office. Some travel within these areas will be required.

This position provides a real opportunity to make a major contribution as part of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga's Northern Regional team in promoting the protection and conservation of New Zealand's important heritage places in the region. Your expertise, personality and creativity will complement our committed multidisciplinary team of heritage specialists.

The role calls for resource management planning expertise, you will be representing Heritage New Zealand in public forums providing expert planning advice and evidence. Candidates also need the ability and confidence to foster strong working relationships and negotiate positive outcomes with stakeholders. It also involves resource management planning to support to our nationally significant heritage properties.

A tertiary qualification in planning or a related field and relevant Resource Management Act experience is required.

If this sounds like your ideal role, then we’d love to hear from you. 

Applications for this position close at 5pm on Monday 30 May 2022.

The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $82,000 FTE. View the job description.

How to apply: 

Please send your CV and cover letter to recruit@heritage.org.nz.