Principal Landscape Architect

Date: 25 Mar 2024

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

•    Permanent full time position 
•    Great opportunity to further your career
•    Assessment  and design review experience required 

At the very heart of our mahi, the Tāmaki Makaurau Design Ope seeks to drive and support the move from Auckland to Tāmaki Makaurau.

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

In this pivotal role, you'll be a go-to expert in landscape planning, providing landscape advice that will shape our region as part of the Tāmaki Makaurau Design Ope. The role is region wide and encompasses sensitive landscapes in urban, coastal and rural areas as well as complex and large-scale urban applications. 

Day to day you can expect to:
•    Influence Unitary plan changes
•    Work on transformative projects with a focus on landscape effects assessments, landscape characterisation, and public realm design review
•    Collaborate with Council Controlled Organizations (CCOs), other Council staff and highly experienced external consultants
•    Ensure all development is consistent with national legislation
•    Provide expert advice on landscape architecture and landscape effects
•    Advocate for Te Kaunihera's standpoint through well-crafted written reports and persuasive oral communication
•    Support and mentor Specialist Landscape Architects within TMDO


We're committed to fostering highly skilled and knowledgeable landscape architecture practices that respect Māori Design Principles, including the Te Aranga Māori Design principles. As part of our team, you'll contribute to the formulation of landscape based strategies, policies, and guidelines through innovative and collaborative strategic guidance. Taking a proactive approach, you'll organise training and educational initiatives for our staff and customers. Building and leveraging relationships and partnerships will be key to promoting best practices in landscape architecture and achieving outstanding landscape outcomes.

You can view a copy of the position description here  


He kōrero mōu: About you

To thrive in this role, you'll need a minimum of an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture and experience in landscape assessment. Ideally you will be a NZILA registered landscape architect or interest in becoming one, with at least seven years of experience. 


We will also be looking for candidates who: 
•    Have the ability to provide specialised design advice for built form and landscape architecture matters
•    Can build and maintaining strong relationships 
•    Understand Te Tangi a te Manu: Aotearoa New Zealand Landscape Assessment Guidelines and the Auckland Unitary Plan
•    Show proficiency in software applications like Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-Up, CAD platforms, Microsoft Office, and hand drawing
•    Are experienced working with Iwi Management Plans

You'll have honed your skills in landscape effects assessments, landscape characterisation, and public realm design. You'll also possess a sound understanding of resource consents processes, plan changes, and the regulatory requirements in the Local Government environment.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Joining our team means being part of a stimulating environment where we're passionate about creating a legacy worthy of Tāmaki Makaurau. You will be constantly challenged by learning new things and the work is varied across the region.  We prioritize ongoing professional development, offer connections to various parts of Auckland Council, and prioritise workplace well-being and flexible working options.

On top of that, we provide a robust remuneration package and as part of the Auckland Council Group, you'll enjoy access to numerous benefits and discounts. Click the link to explore our employee benefits package and apply today if you thrive in a team environment and share our passion for building a bright future for Auckland!

Applications close Sunday 14th April 2024

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

Auckland Council strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.