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Design Engineer (Environmental/Civil)

Job No: 94553
Location: Napier, NZ

  • Exciting Local Government opportunity within New Zealand's premier wine region
  • Attractive remuneration package (negotiable) + relocation assistance
  • Fast track your career with genuine career progression and development opportunities

About Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Hawke's Bay Regional Council is the regional authority for the Hawke's Bay region in New Zealand with key roles in environmental management and education; flood control and drainage; pollution and waste; and land management. Supporting approximately 150,000 residents, Council's vision is to be a connected and vibrant region with resilient communities, a prosperous economy, and a clean, healthy environment.

About Hawke's Bay

Hawke’s Bay is a region of New Zealand located in the east of the North Island on the Pacific Ocean coast. With a mild Mediterranean climate, summer is quite often sunnier and hotter than the average for the rest of New Zealand.

If there were two words that summed up Hawke's Bay it would be 'Wine Country'. Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine. As well as being a popular stop on numerous NZ wine tours, Hawke's Bay boasts numerous forest trails, gourmet foods, a rugged coastline and is also know as an art deco city, having been rebuilt in the 1930s after a huge earthquake. 

With glorious beaches and a family-friendly community, the Hawke's Bay region is as welcoming as it is unique, with universal appeal for people from all walks and stages of life. 

About the Opportunity

Hawke's Bay Regional Council now has an exciting, full-time opportunity for a Design Engineer to join their Regional Assets team based in Napier, NZ.

Reporting to the Team Leader, Engineering Design, you will be primarily responsible for engineering design for flood control and drainage infrastructure, including stop-banks, river works and drainage works. You will contribute to the Asset Management Group in the provision of current and future asset management direction of flood control and drainage infrastructure assets.

More specifically your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Engineering design for flood control and drainage infrastructure;
  • Waterway and flood modelling for specific projects as required for asset management, emergency management and other Council business as required;
  • Monitoring and managing the region's coast and river bed gravel resources, and providing advice regarding Council's involvement in these;
  • Management of projects associated with the development of strategic plans for mitigating risks associated with natural hazards; and 
  • Undertaking hydrologic and hydrodynamic modelling and flood studies on a consultancy basis for the Territorial Authorities in the region.

To view the full position description, please click here.

What you need to succeed

To be considered for this position you will have tertiary qualifications in civil or environmental engineering (or related discipline) with at least 2-3 years post-graduate experience in river engineering, flood engineering and hydrologic and hydraulic assessment. Any experience with coastal planning/coastal protection will be highly regarded, but is not mandatory. 

Importantly, Council is looking for someone with good communication skills and the confidence to address residents at public meetings when required to explain various changes and proposals. You will be a team player who is open-minded in your approach to problem solving and willing to work as part of a team to find and implement the best results. 

Please note: Council is also open to applications from appropriately qualified engineers who have recently graduated and have limited experience and/or more senior engineers looking for a new opportunity. If either of these sound like you - please detail in your application. 

About the Benefits

With over 80% of employees consistently rating Hawke's Bay Regional Council as a great place to work in recent staff surveys, it's no wonder that the average employee tenure is 12 years! With a relatively small workforce in which 'everyone knows everyone' - Council has succeeded in creating a welcoming, fun and family-friendly environment for it's people. 

The successful candidate will receive a competitive remuneration package (negotiable with experience), plus super, relocation assistance and access to in-house benefits such as salary continuance packages. Council also encourages professional development and ongoing training, and offers great career progression opportunities within the Asset Management team for people looking to grow their career within the organisation. 

And finally - by joining Hawke's Bay Regional Council you will be moving to one of the most picturesque regions of New Zealand, offering the perfect mix of amenities, infrastructure, natural surrounds and nightlife.

So what are you waiting for?! If you are looking for a sea change and/or a chance to join an organisation that will support your ongoing interests, training and development - apply now!

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