Tonkin + Taylor

Building, Construction & Engineering

We’re New Zealand’s leading environmental and engineering consultancy, with offices in New Zealand and Australia.

Our national and international award-winning engineers, scientists, planners and project managers stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the world.

Equally, their personal and professional values are as important to us as their internationally recognised expertise. For you, that means working alongside people with whom you can build solid, enduring relationships founded on trust.

Our team culture is second to none; T+T is 100 percent employee owned and operated. Our focus is 100 percent on you, your needs, your project, your aspirations to create reliable, well-designed, future-proof infrastructure while maintaining a caring eye on the environment.

Graduate and Intern Opportunities

Why T+T?

At Tonkin + Taylor (T+T), you’ll find much more than just a graduate job. You’ll find people: 1000 bright individuals who are committed to making a difference through positively impacting people and our environment. We’re passionate about what we do, we love a good challenge, we care about our planet and we’re fond of a good morning tea (or ten)!

T+T is a 100% New Zealand-owned specialist environmental and engineering consultancy. We shape the interface between people and the environment – earth, water and air – using science and engineering. Don’t just take our word for it! In March 2019, our clients voted T+T the ‘Best Engineering Consultancy in Australasia’ at the 2019 Beaton Client Choice Awards.

Learning never stops!

T+T is home to an array of award-winning engineers and scientists, and you’ll have the opportunity to not just work with the best of the best but learn from them too. To support your learning, our graduate programme includes:

  • A wide range of training sessions focussed on developing your expertise, strengthening relationships and best positioning you for business success
  • Buddy support: pairing you up with an established T+T professional to provide you with invaluable support and accelerate your development
  • Professional Development Goals for deciding which skills you are looking to sharpen, how fast you want to learn and where your skillset will take you
  • Professional membership funding with support and encouragement to become chartered

Everyone at T+T, from graduates to seasoned professionals, are always looking to improve and grow. We are firm believers that learning never stops!

Joining T+T

Our summer internship programme runs from mid-November through to mid-February. Our graduates tend to join in February although we are flexible and do our best to accommodate different start dates to suit our graduates.

When you turn up on your first day you will participate in our induction process where you will meet all the other graduates and get to know everything and anything about T+T.

On this day you will also meet your buddy. Your buddy will help to guide you through your first experiences and show you the ropes (such as where to get the best coffee)!

Frequently Asked Questions

I have already graduated, can I still apply for a graduate role?

Yep definitely, especially if you have taken a gap year, are completing an overseas experience or pursuing further study. If you have more than a year of relevant work experience or are currently on a graduate programme, we’d recommend keeping an eye out for experience hire opportunities instead.

At what stage in my degree do I need to be to apply for a summer internship?

Most of our interns will be in their penultimate year of study at the time of their internship, but we do employ students who still have 2+ years of study to go before graduating too. If you are in your final year of study or have already graduated then check out our graduate vacancies instead.

I am an international student, am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply for our graduate and summer internship roles if you are legally entitled to work in New Zealand on a permanent basis. For more information, please visit

What are T+T looking for in graduates and interns?

We look for really well-rounded individuals (no, it isn’t just about grades!). This includes students with work experience, extra-curricular activities, achievements, sports or team experience, clubs, community or volunteering involvement, strong interpersonal skills and problem-solving ability.

What salary can I expect as a graduate?

We ensure that our base salaries are highly competitive with other consultancies. On top of your base salary, you’ll also receive:

  • Paid overtime
  • KiwiSaver (on top of base salary)
  • Graduate transition allowance
  • Relocation allowance
  • $500 annual well-being allowance which you can spend on anything related to well-being (think yoga classes, dentist bills, new golf clubs, a spa day….anything!)
  • A whole range of other benefits including travel insurance, airline memberships, wellbeing programmes, monthly staff drinks and long service leave
  • Personal career development – courses, mentors and guides
  • A contribution towards and assistance with professional membership rewards

I can’t find the answer to my question!

No problem – email and we’ll get back to you.

Career Development

Are you ready to give your career a boost?

Shoulder-to-shoulder with industry experts… fostering innovation, technical rigour and achievement of results.

Choosing the right environment has everything to do with how well you can grow your career.

Let’s face it, finding pathways for your talents and professional aspirations is as much about formal development opportunities as it is about the calibre of people you’ll work with.

The T+T career development framework ticks all boxes

It is tailored to maximise on-the-job learning with a raft of opportunities and support that will let your talent shine.

It goes without saying that formal coaching and mentoring, informal development discussions, internal and external learning and development courses, study assistance and professional memberships are all part of the recipe for mutual success.

In a nutshell: you’ll find fertile ground for growth

In the context of a culture where people are recognised as the most important asset, this approach brings out the best.

It makes T+T way more than just a place to work!

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Diversity & Inclusion

Our people are our most valuable asset here at T+T Group. The experience, knowledge, innovation, self-expression and talent our people bring to their work make up a significant part of our culture, reputation and achievement.

Everyone matters at T+T Group, and we value diversity in all that we do. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive environment where all our people can realise their full potential and create and sustain a better world.

Creating a truly inclusive workplace is an ongoing journey, and we continuously strive to be better, for our people, clients and communities.

Māori + Pacific Peoples

Our industry needs more Māori and Pacific Peoples to better reflect the communities and environments that we work in. We are committed to developing and nurturing long-term change, supported by the following partnerships:

TupuToa support Aotearoa corporates to better represent our people by successfully recruiting and onboarding Māori and Pacific employees. We have committed to a 3-year partnership with TupuToa, during which we will support Māori and Pacific interns to gain experience in our industry, and provide our managers with cultural competency training, ensuring future employees are supported when they enter our workforce.

Pūhoro STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and Mātauranga Māori) Academy seeks to accelerate Māori student achievement in preparation for university study and eventually the workforce. We are committed to attending wānanga across Aotearoa and supporting school students to understand the opportunities available to them in our industry. We are also developing a toolkit of resources to help students prepare for entering the STEMM workforce, including a job interview guide and CV writing support.

  • Tikanga training

We are committed to bringing Māori and Pacific Peoples perspectives to as much of our work as possible. Many of our staff, including our Board, senior leaders and client-facing staff have undergone Tikanga training provided by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, to better understand te Aō and te reo Māori. We are currently rolling this out across our Aotearoa locations.

Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islander people

We are developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a program outlining our commitment to reconciliation with First Nations peoples. There is a lot to be done within the industry. T+T Group’s vision is to understand First Nations people’s experiences and how we can be inclusive in our work and contribute to national reconciliation.


We are actively engaged with the Growing Greatness Programme, which supports our intermediate-level women to develop and progress in their leadership careers. 27% of leaders at T+T are female, and we are striving to increase in this number.

To support our non-binary/gender non-conforming staff and clients, we are working to provide gender-neutral facilities at our premises wherever possible.

LGBTTQIA+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui and intersex

Tonkin + Taylor and Geotechnics are Rainbow Tick certified. We are committed to supporting Rainbow diversity and have established a dedicated Rainbow Network to provide a safe, supportive space for our LGBTTQIA+ people and allies to meet, share and connect. Supported by Rainbow-inclusive terms and imagery throughout our internal communication, the network contributes to increased Rainbow visibility throughout T+T Group and ensures our LGBTTQIA+ people have a collective voice.

With the support and guidance of our LGBTTQIA+ staff, we are developing policies and guidelines to support an inclusive and informed working environment.


Flexible working increases well-being, employee engagement, innovation and performance.

Built on trust, respect and a genuine commitment to high-performance outcomes, our flexible working culture enables our people to create their own work-life balance and helps us attract and retain the best talent.


Our Purpose: Our people, through their leading expertise, create a legacy of outstanding value for our clients, our environment, and our communities.

This Sustainability Policy sets out our aspirations, commitments, and actions to respond to the global and local sustainability challenges facing our natural environment and society. It will support us in credibly delivering on Our Pathway (Purpose and Values) and demonstrating our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals in our own operations and through the work we do with our clients. We will be updating the Policy as we develop and implement our strategic response in each of our three impact areas.

Our greatest impacts are in the following three areas:

  • Provision of targeted sustainability services for our clients
  • Our ability to deliver sustainable outcomes across all our projects
  • Our people, communities, and the footprint of our operations

In this policy we consider how our collective actions can reduce negative impacts and maximise positive impacts in each of these areas.

Sustainability services

Our expertise includes sustainability strategy and reporting, along with understanding and managing specific challenges within sustainability, including climate change adaptation and resilience, environmental management systems, natural hazards and disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, and water quality. We are committed to ensuring that our people remain at the forefront of approaches to respond to these challenges, and provide strategic, long-term thinking for our clients and our communities.

Delivering sustainable outcomes on all our projects

Through our portfolio of projects, we can influence all aspects of sustainability.

T+T aspires to work with clients that have aligned values and sustainability objectives. We choose projects and clients where our advice will be taken on board, such that our involvement will leave the environment and communities better off.

In addition to providing our clients with the best technical advice and solutions, we are committed to building the ability of all our people to consider the wider context and potential impacts of each and every project. This includes considering the details of the project across its lifecycle, as well as the systemic view of how our contribution might positively influence other sustainability outcomes connected to the project.

Internal sustainability

T+T is committed to ‘walking the talk’ and integrating sustainability into how we operate.

We are implementing a wide range of sustainability initiatives to minimise our environmental footprint, support our people and communities, and enhance our natural environment.

Areas of our operations that we are targeting include:

  • Reducing our carbon footprint
  • Offsetting our carbon footprint
  • Reducing consumption and practicing sustainable procurement
  • Looking after the health, safety, and wellbeing of our people
  • Creating an inclusive and diverse team
  • Contributing to the next generation of technical specialists
  • Playing an active role in developing our profession
  • Contributing to our local communities

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