Our growing geospatial industry needs people to fill a critical skills shortage to ensure New Zealand Is well placed to make the best use of location information.

What is a geospatial specialist?

'Other Spatial Scientist' is the official term used under the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) for someone who 'acquires, integrates, analyses, interprets, presents, manages and distributes information about locations in space and time, and develops related equipment, software and services'.

Other terms for people doing aspects of such work include:

  • GIS Developer
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Administrator
  • GIS Consultant
  • Geospatial Information Architect.

The Immigration New Zealand long term skills shortage list (LTSSL) now includes the occupation classification 'Other Spatial Scientist' .To meet the qualification and experience requirements of this classification, you need to have:

  • a Bachelor degree specialising in Geography or Computer Science
  • a minimum of two years of relevant experience.

Where you could use your skills

A few options, include:

  • the development and use of map-based applications for the Christchurch earthquake rebuild
  • Auckland city’s long term spatial planning
  • New Zealand’s agriculture/forestry geospatial needs.

Employing overseas geospatial candidates

If you’re a New Zealand employer thinking of employing overseas geospatial candidates, visit Immigration New Zealand’s online Employer hub. The hub also has a link to Immigration New Zealand’s 'SkillFinder' database of candidates that you can search and then send targeted candidates details of a geospatial job vacancy.

View Immigration New Zealand’s online Employer hub

View Immigration New Zealand’s 'SkillFinder' database

Joining our geospatial industry from abroad

If you are from overseas, meet the LTSSL qualification and experience requirements above, and want to work in the New Zealand geospatial industry, you should contact Immigration New Zealand.

Find out about Immigration New Zealand requirements 

Geospatial specialists in New Zealand

Check out profiles of people who have moved from overseas to work in the geospatial industry in New Zealand:

Erica Black (Spain)

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Boris Kirov (Slovakia)

Boris Kirov web image

Jana Kaeppler (Germany)

Jana Kaeppler web image

Scott Tansley (United Kingdom)

Scott Tansley web image

Trish Merz (Canada)

Trish Merz web image

Making an informed decision

To help you make an informed decision we recommend you check out the following links:

  • NZ IT jobs videos (including geospatial) from Immigration NZ web site
  • Destination Spatial web site supported by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) with geospatial career information for Australasian school students 
  • Futureintech promotes careers in technology, engineering and science, including geospatial careers to NZ school students
  • GIS jobs page from the New Zealand Esri Users Group
  • Research into geospatial skills shortage commissioned through Victoria University of Wellington by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Land Information New Zealand
  • SIBA NZrepresents the Spatial Business Sector in New Zealand and is a strong supporter of developing the spatial industry through skills growth.

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Last Updated: 25 June 2015