Environmental Scientist (water)

The opportunity:

Are you looking to take your environmental science career to the next level? Looking to work in a smaller organisation where you can directly influence and develop professionally. At Awa we have water scientists, infrastructure engineers and hydraulic modellers of all levels. We are looking for more intermediate and senior specialists for our Wellington office. Because you need a bit more experience for this role, you'll enjoying sharing your knowledge and growing in other areas like project and client management. Those who are more senior in their careers will be valued for their ability to help grow our innovative service offerings.

This is an unique opportunity for an earth scientist, environmental scientist or environmental engineer with an interest hydraulic modelling, hydrology and GIS. This role will offer plenty of opportunities to broaden your skills and experience in the fields of water modelling, flood risk assessment, and to work within broader water infrastructure and catchment planning projects. You'll be part of a collaborative, inclusive and supportive culture where you'll mix and work with other specialists. Having already established a strong client base, we have a pipeline of exciting work.

Depending on your interests and experience, this will be a technical role with hands on data analysis, modelling, GIS, scenario analysis and project management responsibilities. You will support or lead in the delivery of projects to meet client expectations and relevant industry standards/ statutory requirements. A key focus of the role will be on running computer-based, mathematical models of wastewater, stormwater, water supply and river systems to test scenarios and understand environmental impacts. As Awa relies heavily on our in-house software development capability, you'll have opportunities to contribute ideas and effort into developing our own technology.

Reports to:
Water Team Lead
Direct reports (approx):
Primary work location:
About you:

You will be a driven and innovative thinker, keen to contribute to building Awa's capability and culture. You will have consultancy experience and be seeking the opportunity to take on more responsibility to further develop your career.

You will need a Masters degree in environmental management, earth science, geography or engineering. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • 4+ years experience working with water resources
  • a keen interest and ability in rainfall, hydrology or hydraulic analysis and proficiency in ArcGIS or QGIS
  • ability to work with and analyse monitoring data such as rainfall and tide records
  • experience in modelling software applications such as DHI's Mike Flood, InfoWorks ICM or TuFlow
  • ability to project manage client work and delegate tasks to others in the project team
  • the ability and desire to train graduates
  • ability to translate and communicate complex technical information to clients
  • an eye for detail, but able to keep the big picture in mind
  • a practical, real-world approach to developing scientific and technology based solutions for clients
  • entitlement to work in New Zealand because you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or have permanent residency

Some additional skills that would be beneficial depending on your experience:

  • ability to produce information for flood risk assessments and lead summary reporting
  • experience in water infrastructure design and delivery
  • experience working alongside both public and private sector clients
  • experience within engineering projects
  • a practical attitude and a keen interest in helping to develop and innovate Awa's delivery processes


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