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Principal Engineer - Coastal


Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.

 About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

This is an exciting opportunity for a coastal expert to join our Engineering team. As part of the wider Asset Management group, this crucial role plays an active part in managing complex engineering processes and supporting our multi-disciplinary team to achieve positive environmental outcomes for the Hawke’s Bay region. You will be kept busy managing projects, providing expert advice, and proactively engaging with stakeholders both internal and external. There is a focus on technical expertise and advice in the area of coastal, and river engineering so your subject matter knowledge will be put to good use. You will be a key player in projects associated with the mitigation of risks associated with natural hazards, including but not limited to coastal erosion.

 About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be a motivated team member, with an interest in our local environment and an understanding of its relevant hazards/areas of concern. Alongside this you will have a passion for sharing knowledge, reviewing the work of your peers, supporting their growth and development with coaching and mentoring. A positive attitude will take you far in this productive and engaged team who enjoy working collaboratively on a diverse range of projects.

It will be essential that you have a proven ability to effectively gather multiple sources of information and apply technical and analytical skills to make effective decisions.

On a technical level you will be able to demonstrate practical knowledge of river engineering, including substantial experience with modelling software, plus:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in Engineering. A Masters qualification  in Engineering is desirable.
  • At least 15+ years relevant industry experience (e.g., river or coastal processes, hydrology, natural resource engineering).
  • Proven project management experience.
  • Strong engineering design capabilities in relation to flood protection infrastructure.
  • Proficiency with GIS and modelling software
  • Sound understanding of the following legislation: Resource Management Act, Biosecurity Act, Reserves Act, Local Government Act, Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act, Public Works Act.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC.

What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance, subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment. To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website:

We value diversity and as such we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status although applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.

How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 17 October 2022 so apply today via SEEK.

View the job description here

23 September 2022

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