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Do you have a passion for Aotearoa New Zealand’s historic and cultural heritage? Do you want to make a difference to its identification, preservation and promotion? Then why not consider joining our passionate heritage team!

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We've put together some profiles of our team to give you an idea of the diversity of roles within Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga—and the equally varied pathways taken to careers in heritage.
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Current vacancies

Visitor Host

  • Te Waimate Mission, Waimate North
  • Fixed term, part-time until 28 October 2024
  • Closes 22 May 2024
  • REF 247

We’re looking for a Visitor Host (Fixed Term/Part-Time) to join our team, who can help us create and maintain a great visitor experience at Te Waimate Mission. The property is open to visitors Saturday to Monday during the winter season.

The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service skills and experience talking to groups, combined with a passion for history and the ability to work well in our small, friendly team. Attention to tikanga and knowledge of, or willingness to learn, basic Te Reo is important within our organisation. You will need to be confident using technology. Flexibility in your weekly schedule is a bonus, and reliable transport is needed for travel to Waimate North.

Daily tasks include (but are not limited to) opening the house to make it visitor-ready, managing the retail and entry fees via our POS system and daily financial records, a variety of admin tasks, weekly cleaning tasks, caring for the heritage collection and, most importantly, caring for our visitors and giving them an entertaining, interesting experience at Te Waimate Mission.

  • From June to October (13 hrs per week).  
  • Two (2) days a week between Saturday and Monday for 6.5 hours a day (the fixed-term may be extended to cover the summer season).

The job is flexible and consists of a minimum of two days per week. You’ll be required to work at least one weekend day and preferably be available to be on call for tour group bookings and events on our closed days.

Note: This role is also suitable for history or tourism students looking for weekend work relevant to their study.

The rate is $26 per hour.  Read the job description.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 22 May 2024.

How to apply

Please use our application platform to upload your cover letter and CV.

You can make a difference in New Zealand supporting the conservation of historic heritage. Your everyday business will involve working with a diverse range of local communities and councils in managing a wide range of heritage planning processes relating to buildings, archaeological sites and places of cultural significance to iwi/hapū.


  • Full-time
  • Based in Christchurch
  • Closes 22 May 2024
  • REF 248.

 There is a vacancy for an experienced resource management planner for Canterbury and West Coast based in the Southern Region office in Christchurch.  Some travel within these areas will be required.  

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

The position involves a wide range of diverse activities including proactive engagement with regulators and property owners to develop strategies, policies, plans and consenting processes to recognise and provide for the retention and ongoing use of historic heritage.  It also involves resource management planning support for Heritage New Zelaand Pouhere Taonga's NZPT’s nationally significant heritage properties throughout the South Island. Candidates also need a willingness to be mentored, to foster relationships and negotiate outcomes with stakeholders.
A tertiary qualification in resource management planning or related field and relevant experience is required.  Please note that emerging professionals with an interest in developing skills and experience in heritage will be considered for this role.

The salary range for this position is $69,886-$82,219. Read the job description.
If this sounds like your ideal role, then we’d love to hear from you. 

Applications for this position close at 5pm on Wednesday 22 May 2024
How to apply

Please use our application platform to upload your cover letter and CV.

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