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Emerging Professionals Programme - Engineers & Planners

Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch
Opportunities across multiple locations Receive mentoring and training from some of the best in the industry A two-year rotational programme with the chance to design your career journey

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job

Application dates

Applications Open
20 Apr 2021
Applications Close
2 May 2021

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Automotive & Transport Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction
Engineering Management
Environmental Engineering
Geomatic Engineering
Mathematics & Statistics
Property, Land & Real Estate
Sustainable Development
Urban Design & Town Planning

Ko wai mātou | About us 

At Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation's performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for Aotearoa. Waka Kotahi has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years time.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity 

Our Emerging Professionals programme will bring some of the country’s top emerging talent together with the best people from across Waka Kotahi, NZ Transport Agency. Through the work that you do, you’ll get the chance to improve and enhance New Zealand’s transport network and systems. On offer is a unique opportunity for you to go places you never expected within our organisation to help deliver our customer promise – great journeys to keep New Zealand moving.

We’re currently hiring into the programme across two talent streams – Engineering and Planning.

You can expect:

  • A two-year rotational programme – designed by you, to meet your ambitions
  • Opportunities to contribute to meaningful work that makes a real difference to New Zealand
  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities that will set you up for the future
  • To gain an understanding of a complex public-sector organisation and our industry
  • Mentoring from a senior manager
  • Opportunities to apply for permanent or ongoing roles at Waka Kotahi on programme completion. 

Ko koe tēnei | About you 

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • The desire to collaborate and engage with a broad range of people
  • A desire to learn and explore the new and gain skills and knowledge
  • Natural curiosity around how things are done and how to make things better
  • A pro-active approach


You will demonstrate knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an understanding of Te Ao Māori and promote tikanga and Te Reo Māori. You will also have knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an appreciation of te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) as it applies in the public sector.


Rā Katinga | Applications close: Sunday 2 May 2021

For a copy of the position description: www.nzta.govt.nz/careers

For further information, email: [email protected]

To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

Waka Kotahi is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). At the Agency we recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values. Please let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.

Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications. We encourage early applications as we may withdraw the advertising at any time