Careers

Working at Woods

Join a dynamic, innovative team with a great team culture where you will be supported to develop your skills and pursue a career in any direction.

We are a multi-disciplined consultancy comprising engineers, surveyors, planners, urban designers, and architects who are passionate about what we do, the people we work with, and the communities that benefit from the services we provide.

We are proud to provide an environment where there is no barrier to success for people of diverse levels of education and qualification. It is this diverse mix of backgrounds that makes Woods a great place to work, socialise, and develop your career while creating lasting friendships with good people. In fact, we've got 6 staff who have been here for over 20 years and another 12 staff who have been here for over 10 years.

Our practical, hands-on approach and ‘no doors’ policy means there’s no ‘managers managing managers’ and our employees can cross-pollinate ideas to gain new perspectives and create innovative solutions.

Don’t just take our word for it, we are humbled to have received the Aon Best Employer accreditation in 2017 and 2018.

But it’s not all about work. We care about our people and we’re a social bunch too; we’re as much good friends as colleagues (or bosses). Our regular social events provide opportunities to get to know and understand each other better and improve the way we work together – as well as have a good laugh.

If you are a graduate or professional who wants to join a team of good people who work hard and have fun while doing it, we want to hear from you.

Developing your career

We offer a variety of opportunities for you to develop your skills and the freedom to explore areas you are interested in, regardless of your role or skill level. From on the job learning through special projects or more responsibility to secondments, mentoring, coaching, essential skills courses, and leadership initiatives - we’ll support you to develop technically and professionally at every level.

Everyone is different and every career development journey is unique. Your individual development plan will be created by analysing where you are now, where you want to go, and identifying what needs to happen to get you there.

Our Career and Development Pathways include:

Career Development – Engineering

Woods offers multiple career and development pathways to support new employees to develop technically and professionally including non-standard pathways for engineers who have not completed the Bachelor of Engineering degree.

The Woods Graduate Development programme supports new employees from graduate through to professional assessments (CPEng, and all membership levels of Engineering NZ).

Woods are accredited Professional Development Partners with Engineering New Zealand and can recommend candidates for Full Membership (from Graduate Membership) on completion of the Woods Graduate Development Programme.

Engineers who have gained knowledge and experience in the industry and completed the 2-year Diploma in Engineering, the 3-year Bachelor of Engineering Tech degree, or have an overseas engineering qualification that is not recognised under the Washington Accord are encouraged and supported to achieve Washington Accord equivalency through Engineering NZ Knowledge Assessment. Candidates can then work toward and apply for CPEng from Diploma, BEngTech or overseas non-Washington Accord qualifications.

Mentors are available to staff and an external assessor is available to review applications and provide valuable feedback prior to lodging applications to Engineering New Zealand to assist in development towards Knowledge Assessment and/or CPEng.

The annual subscription costs for Engineering New Zealand Membership and costs for applications for Knowledge Assessments and CPEng are covered by Woods for all permanent staff.

Woods also hosts at least three core competency training events in-house per year along with many other training opportunities to support Continued Professional Development. Support with further studies is also possible.

Career Development – Surveying

Woods provides a career and professional development pathway to support new employees from assistant, technician or graduate through to professional accreditation.

Assistants and Technicians are encouraged to undertake the New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6) through Toi Ohomai or Unitec. The Diploma can be gained while retaining full-time employment and fees are covered by Woods for permanent staff.

Woods also has a Graduate Development Programme for Licensing that is nationally recognised and one of the most successful graduate programmes in the country. Graduates will be given the opportunity to carry out all compulsory aspects of Licensing alongside various optional components.

Woods offer support and assistance through the Cadastral Law Exams and mentoring prior to Professional Interviews and examination and application fees are covered by Woods for permanent staff.

Woods also host frequent ‘Spatial Spiels’ which are in-house training events on a wide variety of survey and land development topics to support Continued Professional Development.

The annual subscription costs for Survey and Spatial New Zealand membership and Cadastral Surveyor Licences are covered by Woods for permanent staff.

Career Development – Planning

Woods provides a career and development pathway to support new employees to develop technically and professionally to a high standard.

Planners are encouraged and supported to attend specialist CPD training to gain a wide range of Planning knowledge and/or pursue further education such as part-time university courses.

The structure of the Woods Planning team provides junior members of staff opportunities to learn on the job with Senior and Principal members.

Membership to the New Zealand Planning Institute is encouraged and annual subscription costs are covered by Woods for permanent staff.

Career Development – Architecture/Urban Design

Woods provide a career and development pathway to support new employees from graduate through to professional accreditation (registered architect).

Graduates are encouraged to undertake the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ structured Registration programme which incorporates online seminar resources, workshops in each area of required experience, and study groups of peers to guide the process as required by the Registered Architect’s Board. Woods provides mentoring and support throughout this process.

All employees are encouraged and supported to pursue continuing professional development (CPD), which comprises formal and informal learning.

The annual subscription costs for New Zealand Institute of Architect membership and costs for NZIA’s APL Registration programme are covered by Woods for permanent staff.

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Join the team

Are you interested in a career with Woods? If so, please email your résumé and a cover letter in MS Word or PDF format to vanessa.bosen-machee@woods.co.nz