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Principal Stormwater Engineer


Drive Greater Wellington's stormwater strategy in this technical leadership role


This employer is a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation at the forefront of water management, committed to delivering innovative solutions and ensuring the resilience of communities across the Greater Wellington region.

In this role, you will play a pivotal role in overseeing the strategic focus areas of stormwater and climate resilience. Working closely with Principal Engineers across other disciplines, you will provide technical sign-off for deliverables, and drive support for capital projects, flood mitigation, and environmental water quality initiatives.

Reporting to the Chief Advisor for Stormwater and Climate Change Resilience, you will interface with consultants and a range of key stakeholders, while supporting the wider strategy team, and drive 3 primary strategic focus areas for this role. These include the region’s flood mitigation programme, the maintenance and renewal of assets (primarily pipework infrastructure), and the strategic environmental water quality programme.

Core responsibilities for the role require you to:

  • Provide technical oversight of all Stormwater focus areas, and support of engineers on complex projects.
  • Drive, and contribute to strategic studies, focusing on climate change adaptation and water quality improvement.
  • Oversee and escalate renewal projects, ensuring efficient asset management.
  • Lead efforts to centralize information, develop Stormwater planning tools, and enhance visibility of investment needs.

Your background will include:  

  • Proven technical experience in Stormwater engineering, flood protection, and climate resilience.
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in engineering (preferably civil or environmental engineering)
  • Good understanding of stormwater modelling and awareness of calibration and identifying best-practice solutions
  • Capability to work with a variety of stakeholders, including consultants, councils, and internal teams, and direct reports.
  • Design experience preferred.
  • Experience either in local / regional government organisations and / or consultancy organisations.

You will engage in critical projects with high-profile visibility, and will be comfortable that there is committed funding and a huge forward workload. In a supportive, and family-oriented work environment, this is a culture of knowledge sharing, and an organisation that is strongly positioned for any potential future water reforms.

You will have opportunities for professional development and career progression (previous incumbents have progressed to more senior roles within the organization, showcasing the potential for career development, while demonstrating the positive and passionate working culture and employee tenure).

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Job listing published:
April 2, 2024

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