Environmental Engineer


Hamilton, New Zealand 🇳🇿

  • Full time, permanent role (37.5 hours per week)
  • Preferably based in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • $80,000 to $130,000, depending on skills and experience

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation and New Zealand’s largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science. Our core purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide an understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

What we’re looking for:

We are seeking an Environmental Engineer to contribute to our research and consulting services in the general areas of wastewater management, and management of contaminants derived from rural and urban diffuse sources.  You will use your expertise to design and evaluate mitigation systems for urban and agricultural landscapes and provide engineering perspectives to science-based solutions  

This is an outstanding opportunity for an environmental engineer to utilise their skills to have real impact on government policy and resource-use practice in Aotearoa – New Zealand. Specific projects may include the development and use of statistical and process-based water quality models and related quantitative tools to better understand how natural treatment systems work, and to provide guidance about how the performance of mitigation tools (e.g., constructed wetlands, detention basins, riparian buffers) may be improved. 

We are seeking a very positive team player, with highly developed written and verbal communication skills and a proactive, problem-solving attitude.

What you will bring:

Ideally you will have a PhD in environmental engineering, with well-developed computer programming skills (e.g., Python/R/SQL/C#/Matlab). You will be proficient in the development and use of statistical and process-based water quality models.  You will be familiar with current and emerging technology and software for determining contaminant transport and fate, including satellite and ground-based sensors, and/or interoperable modelling systems.  Knowledge of current and emerging issues in land and water management, including roles of mitigation systems in rural and/or urban settings will be essential.·

You will have proven ability to incorporate and translate science and engineering principles into written guidance for stakeholders.  A willingness to apply your skills at the interface between science, engineering and environmental policy and management will be advantageous.

Preferred candidates will have experience in providing consulting services in aquatic science and management; and will be able to demonstrate how they have worked at the interface between research that generates data and then uses data to develop models.

A bit about the position:

The preferred location for this position is Hamilton.  Along with remuneration in the range $80,000 to $130,000 (dependent on skills and experience), we offer a wide range of benefits and the opportunity to be part of a nationwide team of world class freshwater specialists.

The position involves working a 37.5 hour week. NIWA offers flexible working options (e.g., part-time, flexible start and finish times). We are happy to discuss potential flexible options for this position at the interview stage.

NIWA promotes the importance and value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, including the Rainbow Community, and pride ourselves on being a family-friendly and supportive workplace.

Job Details

Crown research institute: NIWA
Reference #: 49666
Posted on: 05 Dec 2022
Closes on: 15 Jan 2023 23:55
Location(s): Hamilton
Expertise: Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, Entomology, Marine & Freshwater Science, Meteorology & Climate
Job level(s): Scientist
Work type(s): Permanent
More details (document): Environmental Engineer PD – Dec 22.pdf





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development