Project Engineer (Kaipūkaha), Flood Protection - Wairarapa

  • Make a positive change to the river environment and water quality

  • Use your skills to help protect urban and rural communities

  • Work in an enthusiastic team doing work that matters

We are seeking a full time Project Engineer in the Wairarapa flood protection team based in our Masterton office.

About Greater Wellington:

There's a lot more to us than meets the eye. Here at Greater Wellington Regional Council, we're working on the big things that will impact everyone in our region. Ensuring we have uninterrupted access to drinking water, staying safe from the threat of flooding, protecting and enhancing the environment, improving the quality of our fresh water, ensuring we are all connected through our public transport network and planning ahead for the potential impact of climate change across our region. We're people who are genuinely passionate about the work we do, because we believe what we do counts.

We provide a diverse range of benefits including working options that help our staff balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. We're also all about growing our people through professional development and experience across everything the council does.

About the role:

The Project Engineer will assist with the investigation, design and construction of new flood protection assets in the Wairarapa Area. They will help plan and deliver large packages of targeted maintenance work to improve flood protection resilience. Delivery of this work will be undertaken using both contractors and internal field staff.

The role is also responsible for managing all aspects of the gravity and pumped drainage schemes throughout the Wairarapa.

All project and maintenance work will be undertaken with full consideration to the environmental effect and in many cases the main objective will be to improve on the environmental outcome with a focus on water quality.

Responding to public enquiries and providing flood hazard information is also a key part of the role.

Skills and experience required:

The ideal candidate will be skilled in project management, planning and programming including reporting on project status. A high level of computer literacy is also required.

Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a friendly and cooperative manner, in close association with staff and the community is also required.

You will also need:

  • An engineering qualification in civil or natural resources.

  • Relevant practical skills in rivers and drainage or related civil fields.

  • Able to assess environmental and sociological effects.

  • Be self-motivation and the ability to work without close supervision.

How to apply:

Click on the link to view the job description and to apply for the role with a cover letter and CV.

For further information, please contact Hamish Fenwick, 021-195-7816.

Applications close: Monday 26th May 2021.


We’re also recruiting for an Engineering Officer in our Flood Protection team in Lower Hutt. More information can be found here:-


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Permanent Full Time

Job no: DZFK147846

Location: Masterton

Closing Date: Monday, 24 May 2021