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Senior Engineering Officer

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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:

We are looking for a passionate Engineering Officer with experience in river and drainage networks to join our Operations team in this senior role. This busy team actively works to ensure the effective management and maintenance of Council’s flood control and drainage infrastructure assets and is based out of our Guppy Road depot. 

Through this full-time, permanent position where you can positively contribute to supporting our local community and environment. The role has options to specialise in Rivers or Waterways Drainage and Pump Stations depending on your preference.

This role is responsible for ensuring assets with the flood protection zone are being maintained to the appropriate level of service. Day to day this may see you undertaking a variety of tasks, including:

  • Monitoring and reporting on river management and activities regarding HBRC scheme rivers, waterways, drainage assets, pump stations and flood protection assets.
  • Prepare and manage maintenance contracts, consent and monitoring requirements, stakeholder relationships, and other activities within the flood protection zone. 
  • Undertaking reporting for monitoring and maintenance works that occurs within the rivers, streams, waterways, and drainage network in the region. 
  • Prepare and present to scheme ratepayers regarding work programmes.
  • Assisting with engineering enquires from internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Investigating engineering matters within your area of experience, regarding rivers and waterways.

About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

To succeed in this role, you will:

  • Be a natural problem solver who can analyse information and make sound judgement calls.  
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar role/relevant industry. 
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification*. 
  • Be able to show good understanding of issues associated with Hawke’s Bay rivers and drainage networks.
  • Have proven practical knowledge of river engineering including hydraulic modelling, hydrology.
  • Show an understanding of community development and how to establish confidence in those communities to effectively promote HBRC’s policies or issues.
  • Demonstrate resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC. 

*Although Minimum Qualifications and Experience required are listed, we would consider someone with some of these key attributes and a desire to learn on the job, particularly if you have good local knowledge of our regions waterways.

What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The base salary range for this role is between $83,000 to $92,000 and we will consider offering market premiums to secure the best possible person or this role. 

  • Flexible working options to support work/life balance
  • Supportive team environment 
  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years service 
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years service 
  • Life insurance and income protection benefits 
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives 
  • Payment of professional membership fees 
  • 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:

Applications close 1 November 2023 but we may contact and interview candidates as they apply

View the job description here


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. 

12 October 2023

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