Intermediate Open Space Planner

Date: 21-Jul-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Lead planning projects to increase the pace of delivery and quality of decisions about community facilities and open spaces
  • Connect people and ideas to deliver greater value in community and open space planning 
  • Be part of a dynamic and supportive team transforming service, asset and open space planning approaches 


He angitūtanga: The Opportunity 


It’s an exciting time for our Regional Service Planning, Investment and Partnerships department. We have recently created a new leadership team to drive directorate-wide change in how we plan and deliver services for the communities of Tāmaki Makaurau and to strengthen our capacity to deliver for Māori. 


We have Intermediate Open Space Planner opportunities within the newly established Service Investment and Programming team. We form an integral part of delivering our Auckland Plan linking our Policy, and Customer and Community delivery teams. 

You will lead or support projects across our Planning Framework Development and Implementation portfolio including:


  • community-focused multi-park management plans for each of Auckland’s 21 Local Boards covering over 4000 parks 
  • reserve management plans and masterplans for our significant parks and community spaces 
  • developing our practice and processes so that we can deliver improved community outcomes and advice to elected officials and other departments


We’re continuing to evolve our approach to Auckland’s 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, within the context of a constrained financial environment. 

He kōrero mōu: About you

We need a focused, dynamic professional to help us reach our milestone of developing local, regional and co-managed parks management plans over the next seven years. To thrive in our team, you’ll need policy or planning experience (preferably in parks and open spaces), the ability to research and analyse issues in an operational context and be confident applying your project management skills to develop plans and guidelines. 

Ideally, mana whenua and community consultation sit within your existing interest and practice as this is our bread and butter. We need to create a space for local boards, Auckland Council, mana whenua and communities to engage in the future planning and management of our parks, open spaces and community buildings to meet the needs of a growing and more diverse Auckland.


Knowledge of the Reserves Act and how principles of the Treaty of Waitangi impact planning and decision-making on parks would be highly advantageous. 


With a number of opportunities available, you may also be looking for your next career step and a growth role – and we’d like to hear from you. 


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. This is a highly covetable opportunity to be involved in developing and implementing investment strategies and plans, for Tāmaki Makaurau, at a very exciting time of pace and change. 


Join a thriving workplace culture that offers flexible working conditions and prioritises your wellbeing. If you’re looking to use your strategic, analytical, and creative skills to improve outcomes for Aucklanders, this could be the ideal opportunity.


To view a copy of the position description, please use the following link: bit.ly/3adaiaW

Please note, the official job title for this role is ‘Service and Asset Planner’.

Applications close Wednesday, 4th August 2021

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.