Intermediate Hydrologist or Hydraulic Modeller

The opportunity:

This is a unique opportunity for an intermediate level hydraulic modeller or hydrologist working out of our Auckland office. Awa is keen to hear expressions of interest to work alongside our growing Auckland presence. The role is to help develop our service offering in the fields of water modelling and flood risk assessment within broader water infrastructure and catchment planning projects. Having already established ourselves as one of New Zealand’s leading suppliers of hydraulic modelling and related geospatial services, we enjoy a strong client base and pipeline of work.  

This will be a technical role with hands on modelling, scenario analysis and client relationship responsibilities that places the candidate in a strong position for leadership as the team evolves. You will support senior staff in the delivery of projects to meet client expectations and relevant industry standards/ statutory requirements. The role focus will be on running computer-based, mathematical models of wastewater, stormwater and river systems to test scenarios and understanding environmental impacts. 1D network, 2D floodplain and coupled 1D/2D modelling will be applied as needed for different projects. As Awa relies heavily on our in-house software development capability, you'll have opportunities to contribute ideas and effort into building our own technology.

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Regional Manager
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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. A bachelors degree in environmental management, earth science, geography, engineering or related discipline is required, with postgraduate or double degree preferable. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • 5 years experience using hydraulic modelling software applications such as DHI's modelling suite (Mike Flood, Urban, Mike 21, Mike 11), InfoWorks ICM or TuFlow. Other exposure to other modelling tools such as EPANET, SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, InfoSWWM, XPSWMM, PCSWMM will be useful but not required
  • proficiency in ArcGIS or QGIS for mapping and analysis
  • ability to work with and analyse monitoring data such as rainfall and tide records
  • ability to project manage client work and delegate tasks to others is the project team
  • ability to produce information for flood risk assessments and lead summary reporting
  • expose to engineering design tools such as Civil3D, 12D or AutoCAD will be useful for working with the wider engineering team
  • a practical, real-world approach to developing modelling solutions, and a keen interest in contributing to Awa's modelling software and automation practices
  • excellent communication skills
  • organised and methodical approach to work, planning and delivering to plan
  • an eye for detail, but able to keep the big picture in mind
  • a desire to look out for the well-being of colleagues and others
  • are entitled to work in New Zealand because you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or have a residence visa
  • Work productively within a collaborative and geographically distributed team environment, autonomously as required
  • Working with project teams to prioritise work
  • Participate and contribute to company scaling and business development activities with Auckland and Wellington staff
  • Maintain good technical and non-technical client relationships, promoting individual and professional integrity
  • Mentor and lead junior staff

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