Senior Hydrologist or Hydraulic Modeller

The opportunity:

Are you looking to take your modelling career to the next level while working in a smaller organisation where you can directly influence outcomes and benefit from your efforts?

This is a unique opportunity for a senior hydraulic modeller or hydrologist to join our growing Wellington team. 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. You will be responsible for scoping, estimating and planning 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 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 building our own technology.

Reports to:
Water Team Leader
Direct reports (approx):
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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 significant consultancy experience and be seeking the opportunity to take on more responsibility to further develop your career.

You will be confident in managing projects, identifying new opportunities and scoping new work. You will be excited to pass on your model knowledge to others and eager to develop further as a professional consultant.

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:  

  • 5-8 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
  • ability to produce information for flood risk assessments and lead summary reporting
  • a practical, real-world approach to developing modelling solutions, and a keen interest in contributing to Awa's modelling software and automation practices
  • ability to translate and communicate complex technical information to clients
  • 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
  • entitlement to work in New Zealand because you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or have, or are working towards, permanent residency

Some additional skills that would be beneficial include:

  • experience in water infrastructure design and delivery
  • experience  with public and private sector clients
  • experience working with engineering design tools such as Civil3D, 12D and/or AutoCAD
  • a practical attitude and a keen interest in helping to develop and innovate Awa's delivery processes

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