Opportunities at Beca in Christchurch

We're looking for an Associate / Senior Stormwater Engineer and an Intermediate / Senior Stormwater and Flood Modeller to join our Christchurch Water Resources and Stormwater team.

These roles offer the opportunity to contribute to and lead stormwater management, flood modelling projects, and multi-disciplinary projects, in a well-supported environment. Our clients and projects are diverse, and you will have the opportunity to build relationships with a range of clients on projects in Canterbury and throughout New Zealand, and overseas.

Senior / Associate Stormwater Engineer

As an Associate or Senior Stormwater Engineer your work will range from catchment planning/management options assessments, through to detailed design, construction and handover.  Working with a talented and diverse team of stormwater and water resources professionals, you will have peers and specialists to call on, as well as working with and coaching more junior staff.

We expect you'll have a tertiary level degree in civil engineering or a related discipline, with sound experience over 10 - 20 years. This may include hydrology, pipe and open channel hydraulics, catchment planning, water quality treatment, and flood risk assessment, as well as civil engineering design. You will have an excellent technical understanding of stormwater and of infrastructure projects, over and above the more routine design skills.

Intermediate / Senior Stormwater and Flood Modeller

As an Intermediate / Senior Stormwater and Flood Modeller your work will include flood hazard studies, options assessments, and contributing to detailed design of complex infrastructure. As part of this role Beca expects you to have experience in modelling urban pipe networks and rivers including floodplains in both 1D and 2D, including knowledge of DHI, Innovyze, HEC and GIS software. You will have the ability to model hydrological parameters using a range of methods, and be able to provide technical support to more junior team members.

We expect you'll have a tertiary level degree in in environmental engineering, physical sciences, or a related discipline, with more than five years' experience, preferably in a consultancy or design environment. Some project management or field experience would be welcomed, but not necessary.  

We are looking for people with well-rounded experience and for both roles, strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.  We want people who take pride in and accountability for their work, delivering high quality work on-time and on-budget, but enjoy working as part of a team.  We also want people who can build strong relationships with clients, based on understanding their needs, as well as maintaining their trust and confidence in our performance, leading to continuing work. We encourage professional body certification and registration. We would expect you to keep abreast of new developments in your technical area; taking a lead role introducing new methods and technologies to Beca, as well as attending and presenting at industry conferences.

Beca has so much to offer you: managed career development, competitive remuneration and, because we're employee owned, the opportunity to own a slice of the business.

If you are interested in either of these roles, send your CV and a covering letter to Ian Macbeth ( or to discuss either role please call Kate Purton (+64 3 374 3649) regarding the Senior / Associate Stormwater Engineer position or Elliot Tuck (+64 3 367 2458) regarding the Intermediate / Senior Stormwater and Flood Modeller position.


Hydrogeologist (groundwater) Adviser

A volunteer placement is available for a hydrogeologist to support the Department of Water Resources in Vanuatu. This is a two year joint EWBNZ and VSA placement which is based in Port Vila with travel to outlying islands. The role will involve strengthening local resilience to water-related risks through identifying alternative groundwater sources, developing a plan for community water bore drilling, and strengthening the technical capacity of the Department of Water Resources' hydrogeologist.
For more information or to apply visit the VSA website HERE.

Closing date: 29 October 2017



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Senior Scientist - Groundwater Quality

(12-month fixed term)

Canterbury's groundwater systems are the most extensive in New Zealand, and they are critical to the wellbeing of the region. Take the next step in your career by joining our highly regarded groundwater science team and helping us to understand and manage this precious resource. 

You will bring solid technical experience to the role along with a strong understanding of groundwater chemistry and hydrogeological processes. Experience with nutrients and pathogens in groundwater would be an advantage. You will have accomplished interpersonal skills that help you work in a team. Your high level of communication skills will enable you to work collaboratively to interpret scientific data for community groups and key decision makers. 

The position, based in Christchurch, requires a relevant post-graduate qualification and at least five years of relevant work experience.

Closing date: 29 October 2017 

Click HERE to apply




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Principal Scientist – Groundwater Quality

Technical Futures are New Zealand's leading, independent Recruitment and Search Consultant specialising in the built environment, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

Fancy a move to the sunny Hawke's Bay? We are looking for a Principal Scientist who would be interested in taking on a challenging and rewarding role at Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

Are you interested in working for an innovative and progressive Council while enjoying all the benefits of a great lifestyle region?

This is a fantastic opportunity to act as council's Technical Expert, managing groundwater quality monitoring and hydrogeological investigation programmes across the region. You will deliver information that helps manage regional natural resources, with opportunity to distinguish yourself as a scientist.

Sounding like your new role? Do you have the skills?  Recognised tertiary qualification in an environmental science or
engineering discipline, with a specific hydrogeology post-graduate qualification.

At least five years relevant experience.

Previous experience effectively managing complex (multi-disciplinary, multi-agency and multi-objective) technical projects.

An ability to design and manage routine monitoring programmes and specific investigation programmes

Advanced computer skills

Excellent report writing, compelling presentation skills and strong stakeholder management

To discuss this role in confidence, please contact Samantha Calvert on (09)304 1700 or 021 108 1575 or Chris McKinney on 021 990 271 or email your CV in confidence to






Senior Water Resource Engineer/Scientist

· Leading research and water and land management consultancy

· Develop and grow Aqualinc North Island water and land business

· Hamilton based 

About the Company

Aqualinc Research Ltd. is a leading New Zealand research and water and land management consultancy. They work closely with primary industries, Local Government and government agencies to achieve world-class water and land management. The company is committed to a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of their business.

Due to current and projected growth Aqualinc is looking to appoint a Senior Water Resource Engineer/Scientist to join their Water & Land team. You will be responsible for Business Development and the delivery of technical projects in the North Island.

Role and responsibilities

o Develop and grow Aqualinc North Island business and continue to build Aqualinc's excellent existing reputation, through the delivery of technical work and business development

o Identify new clients, and develop relationships with the key decision makers

o Plan, manage and develop the growth strategy for Aqualinc's range of services in the North Island

o Manage projects and undertake the technical work to meet our clients' expectations

o Develop and manage business proposals and respond to RfP to meet clients requirements

o Translate market demands into business opportunities

o Identify opportunities to expand the customer base and Aqualinc's service portfolio

o Prepare and manage contracts consistent with company guidelines

o Ensure a successful delivery of secured new work to the team

Skills and experience

o Relevant experience required of a minimum of 8 to 10 years' experience in a similar role

o Existing established relationships with key stakeholders in the water and environment space in the North Island

o Background in a water related industry, ideally in a water resources environment

o Understanding of land use and water quality/quantity issues in NZ

o Technical experience in some of the following areas;

         - Hydrogeology

         - Groundwater modelling

         - Irrigation water requirements

         - Nutrient management

         - Irrigation management

         - Farm environment plans

         - Land based waste treatment

o Ability to think strategically and see the 'big picture'

o Excellent presentation and communication skills

Please apply now or contact Helen Rutter on 03 964 6516 for a confidential discussion.








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Wellington 6144

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