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River Engineer

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About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Are you passionate about water resource management and sustainable river ecosystems? Do you have a background in engineering and a desire to make a positive impact on the environment? We are seeking a skilled and motivated River Engineer to join our multidisciplinary team and contribute to the enhancement and preservation of our waterways. The Regional Assets team is part of our Asset Management Group. Our team of dedicated professionals works on a range of projects within a diverse portfolio of river and coastal engineering, flood scheme operations and maintenance, and the regional park network across the Hawke’s Bay.


The team is looking for an experienced River Engineer who can hit the ground running and help deliver on our busy programme of work. We need someone who is proactive, solutions-focused and has a passion for our environment. This is an exciting opportunity to get into the engineering space with Council while being part of a passionate team working in a diverse environment. As a River Engineer at HBRC you will play a pivotal role in designing, planning and executing project that revitalize and protect our waterways. You will undertake design works for bank protection, stop banks and river training works along quality assurance work for operations and capital delivery teams and assess gravel sustainability.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be able to remain calm under pressure, pick up systems with ease, and able to juggle multiple tasks on the go.  You will also be a great communicator who gets along with a wide variety of people from a diverse range of backgrounds.


In addition to the above you will also:

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree equivalent tertiary qualification in engineering or other relevant area
  • 5-10 years’ experience in engineering aspects of local government, utilities or engineering consultancy organisation. Engineering in natural resources is desirable.
  • Professional experience of river / flood management and / or hydraulic structure
  • Chartered Professional Engineer is preferable (or in the process)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to initiate and engage effectively at all levels, internally and externally.
  • Solution focused mindset and can-do attitude.

If you are a dedicated professional with a strong background in river engineering and desire to contribute to the sustainable management of our water resources, we encourage you to apply!


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $97,930 to $108,700 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


Other benefits of working for our team include:

  • Flexible working and working from home options
  • Limited income protection and life insurance
  • Additional week of annual leave after 3 years’ service
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives.
  • HBRC has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a 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:

If you are seeking an exciting and fulfilling opportunity to work closely with motivated, passionate and knowledgeable Māori Partnerships team making a difference for both our organisation and our community then we are eager to hear from you!


Applications close 17 September, 2023.

View the full job description here.

Please apply via Seek.


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. 

18 August 2023

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