Graduate City Design & Place Planning
Wellington City Council
Wellington CBD, New Zealand
3d ago

Start your career as a Graduate at the Wellington City Council.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a recent graduate to come on board with Wellington City Council's City Design and Place Planning team.

  • You will have a structured programme of learning and development plus receive on-going support including the allocation of a consistent line manager and host managers for each of your placements;
  • you will also be assigned a sponsor, who will be a director from the Executive Leadership Team.

    Wellington is growing significantly. By 2050 our city will have grown by at least 50,000 inhabitants, with a projected total population of up to 280,000.

    To accommodate all of these new Wellingtonians we need to develop our city. In early 2019 we asked Wellingtonians how we should accommodate this growth.

    The results of this Our City Tomorrow engagement set a clear direction for increasing density in our central area and suburbs, but not at the detriment to environmental or social well-being.

    Wellington's development and growth should be compact, inclusive, connected, greener, resilient, vibrant and prosperous.

    The purpose of the City Design and Place Planning business unit, where you will be placed, is to support the Council in planning for this anticipated growth to create great places for people and unlock the city's potential through collaborative design-led processes.

  • Our two-year Graduate Programme will provide you with accelerated learning and development via rotations through the four main areas of City Design and Place Planning;
  • Urban Design
  • Heritage
  • Place Planning
  • Transport Planning
  • The two-year programme will have a strong focus on Urban Design with projects of all sizes and shapes located throughout Wellington.

    You will have opportunities to help deliver some of Wellington's strategic urban transformation projects, smaller public space upgrades and everything in-between.

    We are passionate about projects that enhance mana whenua presence, visibility and participation in the experience and design of our built and natural environments.

    As part of our team, you will

  • be encouraged to contribute to the organisation beyond project work through open and honest communication
  • hone your technical skills on a variety of projects from concept to delivery
  • be supporting your team both graphically and technically
  • be working collaboratively with other creative disciplines including landscape architects, architects, urban designers, heritage advisors, transport engineers, project managers and planners
  • be getting your hands 'dirty' in research and development
  • be contributing to the team social culture; we believe in work life balance and having fun
  • About you :

    Your passion, design and problem-solving mindset will be matched with a desire to work on meaningful and significant projects across Wellington.

    You will be a creative thinker with a knack for problem solving and innovative solutions. You will also have an enquiring mind and ability to problem solve and think laterally, with a keen eye for design, graphics and visual communication (both from a sketch and computer-aided perspective).

    How you work is also important to us - we will value your agility, your enthusiasm and motivation to continue to learn from your peers and more senior members of the team.

    Working in local government gives you the opportunity to serve your community directly. Fully functional, efficient and effective local governments are the foundation for vibrant communities and economic opportunities.

    You will need to be excited about the public life of cities and committed to making a difference by creating a vibrant and prosperous, resilient, inclusive, connected and greener Wellington City.

    You will have :

  • A qualified degree in Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and / or Architecture.
  • An interest in contributing to a more sustainable future for New Zealand's built and natural environments
  • Critical thinking skills, and a collaborative and agile mindset
  • An ability to work within a team environment, as well as take initiative as a thought leader
  • Experience in the use of AutoCAD, SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Sounds exciting? Please click the apply button to submit an application. All applications must be submitted online. If you have any questions or require further information please contact Gary Haddon at gary.haddon

    Applications close 30 November 2020.

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