Job vacancies

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

RMA Planner - based in Auckland or Kerikeri

Part-time up to 28 hours per week flexible

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is Aotearoa's primary agency for historic heritage protection and advice. We have a vacancy for a RMA Planner based in either our Kerikeri or Auckland offices, covering the Northland region.

Northland is known not only for its beauty and climate, but also as one of New Zealand’s most significant historic heritage areas. Heritage new Zealand Pouhere Taonga manages some nationally significant historic places including: Kerikeri Mission, Pompallier Mission, Waimate Mission, Clendon House, Ruatuna and Māngungu Mission.

There is a variety of planning work including:

  • Assessments of and submissions on resource consent and District plans and policies
  • Preparation and management of regional and/or district resource consents processes
  • Consent compliance management
  • Assessment of Effects on the Environment preparation
  • Coordinating and advising on resource consenting projects
  • Providing evidence at hearings
  • Preparation and lodging of submissions and appeals.

Your everyday business will involve working with our multi-disciplinary heritage team and councils to establish relationships with iwi and local communities, infrastructure agencies, property owners and developers.

Sustainable development of the historic environment is a global collaboration. You can make a difference to the conservation and protection of our collective historic heritage in New Zealand.

A post graduate qualification in RMA Planning is essential, with a minimum of 3 years experience required.  

Read the job description.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please apply at Seek:

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 20th October 2019.

Fixed-term Visitor Hosts - Thames School of Mines

We are looking for part-time visitor hosts for the summer season at the School of Mines & Mineralogical Museum in Thames.

As visitor host you will tell the stories of the site as an interactive and enthusiastic guide. You will ensure the property is well presented; be hands on with housekeeping and ground maintenance; and work as part of the team in our busy retail shop.

Hours are variable, with regular weekend work required. Heritage knowledge and tourism, hosting or retail experience is advantageous, but not essential.

Read the job description.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please apply at

Applications close 5pm Thursday 24 October 2019.

For further information contact: 

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Phone: (04) 472 4341

Legal Services Advisor

Based in Christchurch

As part of the Regional Services Team, 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.

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

Applications for this position close at 5pm on Monday 28 October.

How to apply

If this sounds like your ideal role, then we’d love to hear from you.  Please complete an application form and send this with your covering letter and curriculum vitae to

You must complete an application form to be considered for an interview.

Property Lead - Kate Sheppard House

We are looking for a passionate change-maker who can network with the best of them and realise the exciting vision we have for our newest property in Christchurch – Kate Sheppard House.

Kate Sheppard House was home to the famous suffragist during the time she campaigned to get women the vote in New Zealand.  Management of the gracious villa and its surrounding gardens was recently taken over by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, with a vision to turn it into a place that tells the suffrage story, provides a space for future change-makers to make a difference, and operates as a function centre.

We want a superstar Property Lead with the passion and vision make these things happen.

You will be working with the University of Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and their fantastic Botanic Garden team, and LINZ among others – so your networking and organisational skills will be top notch.

Ideally you will be a person who loves to champion change and connect others. You will have a passion for heritage and history - especially suffrage and social change.

You will definitely have great skills in property management, tourism marketing, event management and stakeholder engagement.

It would also be an advantage if you had experience or qualifications in a relevant field such as marketing, tourism, or heritage management. Read the job description.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please apply at

Applications close Monday 4 November 2019.

Pouārahi - Māori Heritage Advisor

Based in Auckland

Reporting to the Kaiurungahoe (team leader for the northern region) and as a member of Te Tira (Māori Heritage team), the Pouārahi will:

  • provide input to the Māori heritage component of the archaeological authority and resource management processes including planning
  • consult with kaitiaki to manage their heritage
  • provide heritage advice training and guidance to kaitiaki  
  • actively engage with iwi/hapū regarding the listing of wāhi tapu/areas and historic places of interest to Māori
  • engage in selected outreach projects
  • promote the conservation of Māori buildings.

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

Experience working with iwi/hapū/kaitiaki/rūnanga 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.

Sustainable development of the historic environment is a global collaboration. You can make a difference to the conservation and protection of our heritage in Aotearoa.  

Read the job description.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please apply at:

Applications close at 5pm on 4 November 2019.