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.


Conservation Architect / Building Conservator

Based in Dunedin

Part-time 20 hours per week

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is New Zealand's primary agency for cultural heritage protection and advocacy.  We are looking for someone with passion and skill to be an effective conservation advocate for the historic places of Otago and Southland.  You will provide expert building conservation and cultural heritage preservation advice to our property staff, councils, iwi, owners, and stakeholders in Otago and Southland, in regard to heritage management, and the adaptation of listed and scheduled historic places. Travel within the area will be involved.

The role calls for expertise in building conservation practices and principles, strong understanding of building and construction, and proven ability to write fit-for-purpose heritage assessments.  You will also be representing Heritage New Zealand in public forums.  Candidates also need the ability and confidence to foster strong relationships and negotiate positive outcomes with stakeholders.

A qualification and experience in a relevant field of building and/or architectural conservation is required.

Salary range is $75,000 - $82,000. Read the job description.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 25 October 2021.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and completed application form to recruit@heritage.org.nz.

Archaeologist Poutairangahia 

Based in Wellington

This role is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution as part of Heritage New Zealand’s National Policy Team, working to protect and conserve New Zealand’s historic heritage through the administration of the archaeological provisions of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act and other statutory tools.

You will work as part of a supportive, friendly, high performing team of heritage professionals in Wellington and nationwide as professional colleagues. The National Policy Team’s archaeologists are responsible for national oversight and administration of the archaeological provisions of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act.  

Heritage New Zealand is seeking applications from people with a degree in archaeology and an interest in the statutory archaeological processes under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.  You will be required to communicate expert archaeological advice to internal and external stakeholders, assist in the development and management of internal and external processes, policy and guidance, and be able and confident to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a high level of attention to detail and need to be extremely organised in order to assist the Team meet its statutory timeframes.

A tertiary qualification (MA or higher) in New Zealand archaeology or equivalent is essential.

Salary range is $68,000 - $73,000. Read the position description.

Applications close at 5pm Wednesday 27 October 2021.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and completed application form to recruit@heritage.org.nz.

Visitor Host - Clendon House, Rawene Northland

Part-Time, Permanent 

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga manages some of the country’s most iconic historic properties with Clendon House being the one of Hokianga’s key heritage sites.

Built in 1862, Clendon House is the fascinating home of Captain James Reddy Clendon, ship owner, trader and witness to the Treaty of Waitangi, the house also celebrates his wife Jane, of Hokianga Māori descent.

We are looking for an energetic team player to join our small team. The Visitor Host, reporting to the Property Lead, will be responsible for the daily operations of this property. The role is varied and interesting and involves welcoming and guiding visitors, administration, security and housekeeping.

Our ideal candidate will have outstanding customer service skills and training and/or experience in a relevant field such as event management, tourism or heritage would be an advantage.

Though the role is based at Clendon House Rawene, there is an expectation of occasional flexible working across the other properties in this area, Māngungu Mission and Te Waimate Mission

The role includes working on weekends on a regular basis with some evenings for events. The role is 2 days per week, with some extra days in summer, which could be fulfilled by one or two part-timers.

If you are a good communicator and enthusiastic about telling a story this role is for you!

The salary range is $46,000 to $50,000 FTE.  Read the position description.

Applications for this role close at 5pm on Sunday 31 October 2021.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and completed application form to recruit@heritage.org.nz.


Visitor Host - Māngungu – Horeke Northland

Part-Time, Fixed Term

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga manages some of the country’s most iconic historic properties with Māngungu Mission being one of them. Established on the spectacular Hokianga Harbour in 1828 as a Wesleyan Mission station, on 12 February 1840 this simple building was witness to the largest national signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

We are looking for an energetic team player to join our small team. The Visitor Host, reporting to the Property Lead, will be responsible for the daily operations of this property. The role is varied and interesting and involves welcoming and guiding visitors, administration, security and housekeeping.

Our ideal candidate will have outstanding customer service skills and training and/or experience in a relevant field such as event management, tourism or heritage would be an advantage.

Though the role is based at Māngungu there is an expectation of occasional flexible working across the other properties in this area, Clendon House Rawene and Te Waimate Mission.

The role includes working on weekends on a regular basis with some evenings for events. The role is three days per week over the summer season (December- April), which could be fulfilled by one or two part-timers.

If you are a good communicator and enthusiastic about telling a story this role is for you!

The salary range is $46,000 to $50,000 FTE. Read the position description.

Applications for this role close at 5pm on Sunday 31 October 2021.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and completed application form to recruit@heritage.org.nz.