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Auckland Council

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  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

2021 Parks Services Graduate Programme

Our Graduate Programme aims to provide you with the opportunities and support you need to launch your career and develop as a future leader or specialist within Auckland Council.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
$50,000 - $54,999
Start Date
9 Feb 2021

Application dates

Applications Close
22 Mar 2020

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Bachelor (Honours)
Graduation Results
50 - 64% WAM (Pass)
Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Sciences (all other)

"Working in the Parks Services Unit will allow you to contribute towards Auckland becoming a world-class city, through protecting our natural environment, engaging communities and encouraging Aucklanders to explore our amazing parks."

– Hannah Chapman-Carr, Senior Parks Project Specialist.

He angitutanga mutunga kore mō te paetahi pēnā i a koe: Endless possibilities for a graduate like you at Auckland Council

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

As a Parks Services Graduate, you will help to enable services that encourage Aucklanders to connect with nature, be champions for a sustainable and green environment as well as celebrate our Māori identity and heritage.

We're looking for university graduates who want to give back to communities by improving, protecting and developing local spaces. Our network of 4,000 parks is already world-class and provides a wide range of environmental, cultural, social and recreation benefits to the people of Auckland. During your two-years, you will work on a range of projects, research, and programmes which could involve working with volunteers to deliver plantings, connecting communities with their parks and assessing the needs and services to be delivered in Auckland's parks. You will be engaging with diverse communities, decision-makers and mana whenua.

By the end of this programme, you will have well-rounded knowledge and experience of the Parks Services unit, the key outcomes of the Parks Sport and Recreation Department, and familiarity with the local government working environment.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Our Graduate Programme aims to provide you with the opportunities and support you need to launch your career and develop as a future leader or specialist within Auckland Council.  With over 80 areas of business and the chance to work on large-scale projects, we want to see you achieve your goals while making a real difference to the lives of Aucklanders.    

As part of the graduate programme, you'll also be supported in securing a permanent role within Auckland Council at the end of your programme.  

You'll be supported every step of the way with a support team who want you to succeed including a mentor, graduate liaison, and graduate network.  The graduate programme is typically made up of rotations across a number of business areas, giving you accelerated learning and development, all whilst helping to make Auckland a world-class city.   

He kōrero mōu: About you

You will have a strong drive to give back to your community and care for the environment. With strong collaboration skills, you will easily engage with a diverse range of customers and stakeholders and confidently convey verbal and written information. You will be a team player, able to work collaboratively and on your own as required. 

We welcome applications from graduates in the following disciplines:

  • Parks management
  • Recreation
  • Conservation
  • Geography
  • Other relevant fields

To apply you must:

  • Be eligible to work in New Zealand, or eligible to apply for a Post-Study Work Visa
  • Have graduated in the last 2-years and hold a relevant Bachelor's/Master's Degree (from January 2018) or be a current student and graduating by the end of January 2021.
  • If successfully shortlisted, be able to attend an assessment centre on 22nd May 2020.
  • Have a valid NZ restricted driver license; a full license is preferred.

To find out more about our programme, please visit our website.

Applications for Auckland Council's Graduate Programme close at 11:59 PM on 22nd March 2020.  

If you are meet our eligibility criteria, you will receive an email with a link to complete an online gamified assessment which helps you show us how awesome you are.

If you are passionate about Auckland and the communities that make it a vibrant place to live, apply now!