Hydrologist or Hydraulic Modeller

The opportunity:

Are you looking to take your modelling career to the next level? Looking to work in a smaller organisation where you can directly influence and develop professionally. At Awa we have hydraulic modellers of all levels of experience but are looking for more intermediate and senior experience in our Wellington office. Because you need a 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 modelling careers will be valued for their ability to help grow our innovative service offerings.

This is a unique opportunity for hydraulic modellers with backgrounds in hydrology and/or water engineering. This role will offer plenty of opportunities to broaden your skills and experience in the fields of hydraulic modelling, flood risk assessment, and 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 in the hydraulic and geospatial fields.

Depending on your interests and experience, this will be a technical role with hands on modelling, 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. The role focus will be on running computer-based, mathematical models of wastewater, stormwater, water supply and river systems to test scenarios and understand 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 developing our own technology.

Reports to:
Water Team Leader
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.

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:

  • 4+ years experience using hydraulic modelling software applications such as DHI's modelling suite (Mike Flood, Urban, Mike 21, Mike 11), InfoWorks ICM or TuFlow. 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 in the project team
  • the ability and desire to train graduate modellers
  • 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 modelling solutions, and a keen interest in contributing to Awa's modelling software and automation practices
  • 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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