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Coastal and River Specialist


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, science, geology or similar field with a coastal specialisation.
  • At least 10+ years relevant industry experience (e.g., river or coastal processes, hydrology, natural resource engineering).
  • Proven project management experience.
  • Strong understanding of the processes in relation to river and coastal flood protection.
  • Proficiency with GIS and modelling software.
  • Sound understanding of the requirements of working within the coastal marine area.
  • 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 is between $111,330 to $123,700 gross per annum, depending 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 on the 17 January 2023, however we may contact suitable candidates as they apply so submit your CV today

 To view the job description please click here.

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About us | E pā ki a mātou:

At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security.  

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 


20 December 2022

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