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.

Heritage Assessment Advisor

Based in Wellington

REF 164

Do you have a passion for Aotearoa New Zealand’s history and historic heritage and want to make a difference in its recognition through your research and writing? Do you want to have meaningful engagement with iwi and hapū, local authorities, property owners and communities on a diverse range of historic places and heritage matters?

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading bicultural heritage agency. We provide recognition, protection, and support for heritage and heritage places throughout the country. We are after someone with the skills and enthusiam required to tell the stories of a diverse range of places through the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero and the Crown Land Disposal process. 

This role sits within the Central Region/Te Takiwā o Te Pūtahi a Māui, a team charged with championing heritage and making it relevant for current and future generations. You will be part of a team of heritage professionals that works across the southern half of the North Island and the top of the South Island. Your role will require occasional travel within the region.

We’re looking for a team-player who is also a self-starter and confident interacting with a range of individuals, institutions, agencies and authorities. We need someone who appreciates the value of accuracy, processes and reporting, but who also enjoys innovative thinking and problem solving.

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • Have a post graduate tertiary qualification in a heritage research related field such as history, archaeology, museum and cultural heritage studies.
  • Have first-rate research skills and are familiar with a wide range of sources for historical research. 
  • Are an excellent writer who can produce fit-for-purpose heritage assessments.
  • Have the ability and confidence to foster relationships and negotiate outcomes with stakeholders and work well as part of a team.
In return you will gain:
  • The opportunity to make a difference by working on projects affecting some of New Zealand’s most significant heritage places.
  • The chance to engage in active place-based story telling that connects people to places.

This is a rare opportunity to join a high-performing team in a stimulating environment. If you want to work in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere, we would like to hear from you!

The salary range for this position is: $75,000 - $82,000. Applications close at 5pm, Thursday 9 February 2023. View the job description.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter to


Ref 165 Pompallier Mission and Printery - Property Lead

Permanent, full-time

Pompallier Mission and Printery is part of the national suite of historic properties managed by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and is one of the top visitor attractions in the Bay of Islands. We are looking for someone with effective management and leadership skills who can lead an experienced team in the management of this iconic site.

The Property Lead role includes a variety of site and staff management and administration tasks required to conserve and promote this property. The daily operations of this property include the successful French Coffee House and retail gift shop which add a vibrant dynamic to this busy site.

As a key part of the Russell community, liaising with stakeholders and working in partnership is an important part of the role.

Our ideal candidate will have proven team leadership skills and experience in a relevant field, such as tourism or heritage , would be an advantage.

The site is open to visitors seven days a week and this role may include some weekend work.

If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in a top-quality heritage tourism site and are an effective team leader and enthusiastic about working in a visitor-focused environment, this role is for you!

The salary range for this position is  $77,000 - $82,000.  Read the job description.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 16 February 2023.

How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to