Specialist Landscape Architect

Date: 12 Sep 2023

Location: NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

  • Are you a landscape architect with 3-5 years experience, with a passion for Tāmaki Makaurau and an interest in landscape planning ?
  • Looking for a change of scene, scale, or responsibilities?
  • Are you a landscape architect with landscape assessment and design review experience?


He angitūtanga: The opportunity
In this pivotal role, you'll be a go-to expert in landscape architecture and 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 and providing design review services for significant public realm and streetscape projects. From major land use resource consent applications to subdivisions, your expertise will contribute to achieving excellent landscape outcomes for the city. You'll have the chance to influence Unitary plan changes, and transformative projects with a focus on landscape effects assessments, landscape characterisation, and public realm design review. Collaborating with Council Controlled Organizations (CCOs), other Council staff and highly experienced external consultants, you'll ensure development is consistent with national legislation.


As a representative of Te Kaunihera, your expertise will be sought after in various settings, including pre-application meetings, Auckland Urban Design Panels, Te Kaunihera / Council hearings, meetings, and forums. Your ability to provide expert advice on landscape architecture and landscape visual effects, will be crucial to this role. At the very heart of our mahi, the Tāmaki Makaurau Design Ope seeks to drive and support the move from Auckland to Tāmaki Makaurau.


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.


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He kōrero mōu: About you
To thrive in this role, you'll need a minimum of an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in landscape assessment.  You'll have honed your skills in landscape visual 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.

Your ability to provide specialised design advice for built form and landscape architecture matters will set you apart. Building and maintaining relationships will come naturally to you, and you'll thrive in a collaborative environment where we work together to achieve our goals. A good understanding of Te Tangi a te Manu: Aotearoa New Zealand Landscape Assessment Guidelines and the Auckland Unitary Plan is expected. Proficiency in software applications like Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-Up, CAD platforms, Microsoft Office, and hand drawing will be a useful asset.


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 Friday 06 October 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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