Senior Planner

Date: 04-Aug-2022

Location: NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

  • Permanent full-time (40 hours per week) Senior Planner opportunities based across the Auckland region
  • Work on some of the most high-profile resource consent applications in New Zealand
  • Excellent range of development and training options offered
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Competitive salary, four weeks paid annual leave and one day of paid Oranga leave


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Are you looking for a change of direction, quality training and career opportunities, a collaborative workplace where you can make a difference?  If so, why not join Auckland Council, the largest territorial authority in Australasia, and play an important part in building a world class Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) through your valuable contributions to our fast-growing regulatory division.

We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic planners at Senior level (40 hours per week, Monday to Friday inclusive) to join our Resource Consents Department, where we process more than 17,000 consents annually. 

You will have the opportunity to play a key role in solving the housing crisis in Tāmaki Makaurau, and to work on a variety of development projects including:

  • comprehensive residential (including dwellings, terraced houses and apartments);
  • commercial, retail (including town and shopping centres) and industrial;
  • urban expansion, regeneration and heritage;
  • sensitive rural and coastal areas;
  • nationally and regionally significant infrastructure;
  • large urban and rural subdivision;
  • high profile events;
  • Māori outcomes (including marae and papakāinga) and
  • the protection of air, land and water resources.  

You will learn about the wider aspects of the consenting business in our rapidly growing region where no two days are the same.

You will join a Department where collaboration and customer service are at the forefront of our service delivery, with support and technical guidance available for your personal growth and career progression.

You will provide accurate professional advice to applicants and the public, working efficiently and collaboratively to achieve quality outcomes. Providing advice at pre-application meetings, assessing, and making recommendations on resource consent applications.


We have a number of exciting opportunities across the region:

  • Senior Planners (17 vacancies) - apply your planning expertise to the assessment of resource consent applications and make recommendations that foster high quality outcomes. You will also attend Council hearings as a reporting officer and have opportunities to represent Council as an expert witness. You will also assist your Team Leader with mentoring and developing junior planners and on occasions be a 2IC for your Team Leader and make decisions on resource consents. (4-7+ years’ experience)


He kōrero mōu: About you

You’ll bring with you anywhere from four to seven years+ of planning experience, and a tertiary qualification in planning or similar preferably acknowledged by NZPI.  With a strong working knowledge of the Resource Management Act 1991 and an awareness of the coming legislative changes, you’ll have a high level of customer service and collaboration skills with excellent case management, written and verbal communication. 

Most of all, you’ll have a desire to be part of Local Government where you can make a difference and help us to obtain good environmental outcomes!

While we encourage the use of public transport, you’ll also need to hold a full, clean New Zealand driver’s licence to drive our Council vehicles. 


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Endless opportunities to develop your planning career and exposure to a range of specialisations. The opportunities are diverse like no other planning job; this is the ultimate building block in your career.

Auckland Council’s size is one of our biggest advantages.  Variety, opportunities and a fantastic training and support system sets us apart from private practice.

We offer flexible working arrangements and a competitive salary. You’ll be joining a department of 350+ dedicated and respected experts and professionals working collaboratively across the region to contribute to the growth and development of Tāmaki Makaurau. We are committed to diversity, and have a culture built on trust and valuing individual as well as collective contributions. We have full-time Senior Planner positions (40 hours per week, Monday to Friday inclusive) available in our Henderson, Orewa, Albert Street (Central City), and Manukau City Centre hubs.

If you’re passionate about building a brighter future for Tāmaki Makaurau like we are, and looking for flexibility in your working week, then apply today! 


Salary range

  • Senior Planners (from $85,600 to $128,400)


Annual leave entitlements

  • Four weeks of paid annual leave; and
  • One day of paid Oranga leave.


Please click here for link to Position Description



Applications close 20 August 2022


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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