Senior Planner Jobs

How to Enter

Collecting and analysing social, environmental and economic How to Enter

To become a Senior Planner in New Zealand, you will need to hold a degree in Planning that is recognised by the New Zealand Planning Institution and be a full NZPI member. To accomplish that, you will need:

  • To have completed a NZPI recognised planning degree and at least three years’ work experience in planning (including two years’ in New Zealand) OR
  • At least seven years’ work experience in planning (including two years’ in New Zealand)
  • To be currently working in the field of planning
  • To have already completed the following core Continuing Professional Development courses:
    • Planning for Maori Values: An Update
    • Ethics for Planners
    • Expert Witness – Presenting Planning Evidence
    • Guide to becoming a Full Member of NZPI
    • A course from the Plan Making series
    • A course from the Resource Consents series
    • Three NZPI members to sponsor your application (one must be a Full member, and have been for at least three years’)
    • To provide a statement of experience corroborated by your employer
    • To provide three copies of three separate work examples
    • To conduct a satisfactory membership interview with a panel of three


Typical Responsibilities

The role of a Senior Planner can include any of the following:

  • Planning buildings, streets, car parks, recreational parks, reserves, facilities and utilities
  • Acquiring resource and planning consents
  • Analysing the development of residential, environmental and commercial areas
  • Researching and reporting the effects of proposed developments, particularly on the environment
  • data
  • Presenting reports to Government, local councils, companies and clients



For many Senior Planners, the next step in their careers is to stead towards executive management or Policy Administration.


Salary Range

95K – 103K per annum (NZD)


To view our latest Senior Planner jobs throughout New Zealand, click here.


Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955



Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427