Intermediate Planner - Parks and Open Space

Date: 12 Sep 2023

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Support the implementation of the local parks management plan programme
  • Connect people and ideas to deliver greater value in parks and open space planning 
  • Be part of a dynamic and supportive team transforming service and asset approaches


Come join a small team making a big difference to Auckland’s network of parks and open spaces! 


He angitūtanga: The Opportunity 

It’s an exciting time for our Regional Services and Strategy department. Driving directorate-wide change in how we plan and deliver services for the communities of Tāmaki Makaurau and strengthening our capacity to deliver for Māori. 

We have an opportunity for an Intermediate Planner to join the parks and open space tīma within the Service Investment and Programming unit. We form an integral part of delivering our Auckland Plan linking our Policy, and Customer and Community delivery teams.

As one of our Intermediate Planners, you’ll support our programme to develop community-focused multi-park management plans for Auckland’s 21 Local Boards covering over 4,000 parks. You’ll also support and lead projects to masterplan our significant parks and community spaces, and to develop our practice and processes so that we can deliver improved community outcomes and advice to elected officials and other departments. 

A key focus of the role is to continue to evolve our approach to Auckland’s parks and open space planning to meet the challenges of planning, investing in and managing the largest local and regional parks network in Australasia. Our parks, open spaces and community buildings need to respond to a growing and more diverse Auckland, and a climate emergency, within the context of a constrained financial environment. 

He kōrero mōu: About you

We’re looking for an experienced planning professional with the capability to support a significant strategic work programme. You’ll have strong stakeholder and relationship management skills and ability to work constructively within a diverse political environment. 

You’ll enjoy working in a collaborative and flexible team environment, and relish the opportunity to influence community and open space outcomes across a complex organisational environment. You’ll also enjoy multi-disciplinary research and analysing evidence to form quality advice.

Knowledge of the Reserves Act 1977 and how Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi principles impact planning and decision-making on parks would be highly advantageous.


If this sounds like the perfect role for you, but you don’t quite match all the stated job requirements, please tell us in your own words how your skills or competences could help you do the job successfully. 

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Auckland Council is one of the largest local authorities in the South Pacific providing essential services and facilities to more than 1.5 million people. 

In return for your hard work, you can expect a flexible and supportive work environment. Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini. My success is not mine alone, but the success of many.

You’ll also have access to a range of fantastic Auckland Council benefits, including discounted Leisure Centre membership and a range of other partnership discounts.

To view a copy of the position description, please use the following link –

Please note, formal title is Service & Asset Planner

Applications close Tuesday, 26th September 2023


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.


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