Job vacancies

Job vacancies at Heritage New Zealand are advertised on this website, and across a range of other appropriate media including daily newspapers.


Financial Accountant

Based in Wellington

Looking for an opportunity to progress your career in finance? We are offering an exciting role for an innovative candidate with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, an Autonomous Crown Entity and New Zealand’s lead agency for heritage protection, advocacy and heritage properties management.

Reporting to the Manager Finance and as part of the Corporate Services Team, the Financial Accountant will be involved with retail systems management. You will be responsible for preparation of the monthly accounts, internal and external reporting, budgeting advice, and ensuring the integrity of the financial systems.

What would make you the perfect candidate?

  • You hold a tertiary degree in accounting
  • You are someone with interest in the cultural sector, heritage, and work of our organisation
  • You have sound communicative skills and a proven ability maintain positive professional relationships with managers and staff
  • You are well-organised with attention to detail.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 24 January 2021.

The salary range for the position is $75 000 - $82 000. Read the position description.

How to apply

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


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 operational tasks required to conserve the place and promote heritage education and visitor engagement.

The daily operations of this property also include the successful French Coffee House Café and retail gift shop which add a vibrant dynamic to this busy site.

As a key part of the Russell community, liaising with iwi/hapu and other 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 or event management, would be an advantage.

The site is open to visitors seven days a week and this role includes 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 the position is $77 000 - $82 000. Read the job description.

Applications close Wednesday 27 January 2021 at 5pm.

How to apply

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


Visitor Services Co-ordinator - Thames School of Mines

Thames School of Mines is part of a portfolio of historic properties managed by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and is one of Coromandel’s high profile visitor sites.

Thames School of Mines tells early New Zealand history, starting with the chief Te Apurangi whose descendants lie in the sacred urupā. The original education buildings look (and smell!) much the same as they did in the past, and feature authentic period equipment and laboratories. The Mineralogical Museum holds one of the best collections in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 3000 specimens which include fossils from both New Zealand and abroad. Gold mining made this part of the Coromandel into a boom town and Thames School of Mines reflects the history and science of gold mining in the Hauraki Gold Fields.

This is an opportunity to be part of a small team to move this exciting property forward and realise its full potential as a leading heritage attraction.

The Visitor Services Co-ordinator will be a customer service superstar and assist the Property Lead in the daily operations of the property. The role is varied and interesting involving welcoming visitors, coordinating retail operations, organising events and assisting with administration and housekeeping.

Marketing and Communications, specifically development of site marketing collateral and social media management will be an important part of the role. 

Our ideal candidate is organised and energetic, a good communicator and enthusiastic about telling the fascinating stories of our history. You will have outstanding customer service skills, a friendly disposition and preferably experience in a relevant field, such as tourism, heritage property or event management.  The role is 'hands on' and will include weekend work on a regular basis.

If you are looking for an opportunity to engage New Zealanders with their heritage, conserve an important heritage site and lead or be part of an effective team while being enthusiastic about working in a visitor-focused environment, apply now!

The  salary range for the role is $50-55,000. Read the job description.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1 February 2021.  This is a re-advertised position.

How to apply

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


Graphic designer and heritage brand champion

0.75 FTE with room for growth, based in Wellington

Heritage New Zealand shares the stories of New Zealand’s most significant heritage places – from the glorious to the grim, these places helped shape our identity.

We need a designer who can show New Zealanders and visitors alike the wonder of these places and the importance of our work.  You’ll be technically proficient with a portfolio that makes us take notice, and the maturity to manage clients who need guidance to get the product they need.

You’ll need fresh ideas, but a classic take, be adaptable to changing workload levels and occasional tight time frames.  Experience with corporate publications, advertising and marketing, design for events and promotions, managing print, and keeping digital and social media channels lively is essential.

The salary range is $68-73,000 FTE. Read the job description.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 2 February.

How to apply

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




Director Organisational Development

  • Strategic business development
  • Project planning, feasibility evaluation, communications, promotions and funding
  • Future-focused - Wellington based.

Heritage New Zealand has exciting short and long term growth plans to increase the profile of heritage nationally.  The focus of the Organisational Development Directorate is to ensure that the organisation continues to develop its services in order to remain at the forefront of positive heritage outcomes. 

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive – Strategy, Policy and Corporate Services, the Director of Organisational Development has responsibility for the delivery of a future-focused business that includes the functions of business development, commercial property and asset management, publications, communications and media, funding development, membership management, project management, collection management and marketing and promotions management.

We are looking for an experienced, successful and creative Senior Manager with proven ability in developing future-focused solutions.  Candidates need to be highly collaborative in their approach with the ability to manage work across a diverse range of functions to create effective shared outcomes.   Strong experience across business development, project planning and promotions management will be an advantage.

This is a key appointment for the ongoing growth and development of Heritage New Zealand.

The salary range for the position is $110,000 – $125,000. Read the job description.

Applications close on Tuesday 9 February 2021 at 5pm.

How to apply

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

Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga – Ancestral Landscapes and Built Māori Heritage

Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku forms part of the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme. Through Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage, $20 million will be provided over two years to support iwi, hapū and whanau, marae, and Māori communities to care for, preserve and regenerate the irreplaceable mātauranga that is central to Māori cultural identity.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has been allocated $2 million of this funding to develop and operate two streams of mātauranga preservation and development: ancestral landscapes and Māori built heritage. We are excited to have a 'once in a generation' opportunity to highlight the importance of this unique part of the cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand and are seeking a programme co-ordinator for each of these streams of work to help us do this.

The programme will run until December 2022 involving the development of a series of pouhere mātauranga wānanga for each stream. These wānanga will bring together pukenga and hapū, whānau and hapori representatives to enable the sharing and growth of matauranga across the country. We will open a contestable fund mid-2021 to enable hapū, whanau and hapori to nurture that māturanga themselves.  Your role would design and deliver one of the streams of mahi to advance these pou generating enthusiasm and revitalisation of the kaupapa and a strong uptake of the contestable fund. You’ll be responsible to coordinate contractual work to deliver the programme supported by an assistant co-ordinator for each stream and a fund developer for the programme as a whole.

Ancestral Landscapes

This stream will focus on preserving, and in some cases reviving, mātauranga as it relates to ancestral landscapes, anchoring around three pou:

  • Cultural mapping – identifying places of significance to Māori communities through traditional methods including walking the land to enable hapū, whanau, and hapori to consolidate and map their mātauranga about place
  • Recording oral histories – establishing continuity of mātauranga within Māori communities; and 
  • Waka histories – identifying waka landing sites and consolidating mātauranga related to them.

Māori Built Heritage

This stream will focus on enabling and developing mātauranga connected with Māori built heritage, again anchoring around three pou:

  • Whare building practice/traditional arts – supporting mātauranga for retaining our built heritage from the preparation of materials to construction and application to wharenui
  • Waka Tārai building – focusing particularly on the conservation of hapū-sized waka; and
  • Mahinga kai – reviving mātauranga  such as gardening and fishing.

Ancestral Landscapes Programme Co-ordinator/Pou Horanuku

Vacancy 2

A new position as Ancestral Landscapes Programme Co-ordinator/Pou Horanuku is now available working on the recently announced Te Awe Kotuku Mātauranga programme (see above) for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

The two-year fixed term full time role will be responsible for developing and delivering a national programme of wānanga for iwi, hapū, and hapōri Māori to advance the preservation and revitalisation of mātauranga Māori in ancestral landscapes. The role also  includes developing and delivering: a contestable fund for community-led preservation and revitalization of Mātauranga Māori; a mātauranga tuku iho legacy plan for the programme; and internships within the programme.

For this role you will need to be well-organised, flexible, and able to respond to the needs of Māori communities as part of a team delivering the programme. Ideally, you will be well versed in tikanga and te reo Māori, have some experience working in the government sector and the delivery of wananga type programmes, and also have existing networks in the Māori communities.  Qualifications or equivalent experience in relevant fields of ancestral landscapes mātauranga and Māori programme delivery are   essential.

The role is initially Wellington-based but can be negotiated to work out of our other regional offices.

The salary range is $76-100,000. Read the job description.

The closing date is 31 January 2021 at 5pm.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and completed application form to recruit@heritage.org.nz making sure to quote the vacancy number.


Māori Built Heritage Programme Co-ordinator/Pou Whaihanga

Vacancy M1

A new position as Māori Built Heritage Programme Co-ordinator/Pou Whaihanga is now available working on the recently announced Te Awe Kotuku Mātauranga programme (see above) for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

The two-year fixed term full time role will be responsible for developing and delivering a national programme of wānanga for iwi, hapū, and hapōri Māori to advance the preservation and revitalisation of mātauranga Māori Built Heritage. The role also includes developing and delivering

  • a contestable fund for community-led preservation and revitalization of Mātauranga Māori
  • a mātauranga tuku iho legacy plan for the programme; and 
  • internships within the programme.

For this role you will need to be well-organised, flexible, and able to respond to the needs of Māori communities as part of a team delivering the programme. Ideally, you will be well-versed in tikanga and te reo Māori, have some experience working in the government sector and the delivery of wananga type programmes, and also have existing networks in the Māori communities.  Qualifications or equivalent experience in fields of mātauranga related to traditional whare construction and ngā toi, waka, or mahinga kai taonga are being sort.  Experience in Māori programme delivery will be essential.

The role is initially Wellington-based but can be negotiated to work out of our other regional offices.

The salary range is $76-100,000. Read the job description

The closing date is 31 January 2021 at 5pm.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and completed application form to recruit@heritage.org.nz  making sure to quote the vacancy number.


Assistant Programme Co-ordinator Mātauranga Māori/Pou Taituarā

Vacancy M3

A new position as Assistant Programme Co-ordinator, Mātauranga Māori/Pou Taituarā is now available working on the recently announced Te Awe Kotuku Mātauranga programme (see above) for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

The 2 year fixed term full time role will assist the programme co-ordinators to develop and deliver a national programme of wānanga for iwi, hapū, and hapōri Māori to advance the preservation and revitalisation of place based mātauranga. The role also assists in developing and delivering: a contestable fund for community-led preservation and revitalization of Mātauranga Māori; a mātauranga tuku iho legacy plan for the programme; and internships within the programme.

For this role you will need to be well-organised, flexible, and able to respond to the needs of Māori communities as part of a team delivering the programme. Ideally, you will be cofindent working within a kaupapa Māori environment and have some experience working in the government sector.  Qualifications or equivalent experience in administration in Māori programme delivery will be essential.

The role is Wellington based and the salary range is $46-56,000. Read the job description.

The closing date is 31 January 2021 at 5pm.

How to apply 

Please send your cover letter, CV and the completed application form to recruit@heritage.org.nz making sure to quote the vacancy number.