To become a planner you usually need to have a degree in planning or resource management.
A postgraduate qualification in planning or research management can help if seeking more senior positions.
To enter the job you may also do another degree (such as science), and include some planning, law and resource management papers. A science degree may be required if you want to work for regional councils, as they often have to deal with water, soil and air management.
- Work as a planning assistant for councils or consultant firms, possibly during summer vacations
- Work on a building site
- Drafting or research work
- Volunteer work for community or environmental groups, or organisations such as the Department of Conservation.
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