Chief Advisor


Wellington Water

Chief Advisor, Stormwater and Climate Resilience

  • Be a voice for the impact of climate change on people and water
  • Do you have experience in stormwater engineering, hydrology or environmental science and a keen interest in climate resilience?
  • Key thought-leadership position, based in Petone

Who are we?

We manage the drinking water, wastewater and storm water services from source to sea for our councils - Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils, South Wairarapa District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. We partner with the community and engineering consultants and contractors on projects, water conservation, operations work and asset planning.

Where you come in?

The position of Chief Advisor, Stormwater and Climate Resilience sits within our Network Development and Delivery group, which leads the investigation, modelling, design and delivery of the capital works programme that delivers fit-for-purpose 3 waters infrastructure solutions for client councils.

The Chief Advisor, Stormwater and Climate Resilience will be the key expert in stormwater and climate change resilience and adaptation and will bring technical leadership across the organisation. You will provide sound strategic advice and innovative thought leadership to respond to critical issues and risks. In addition, you will play a key role in technical decision-making as a member of the 3 Waters Decision-Making Committee.

To be successful in this role, you will demonstrate the following:

  • Be a professional engineer (chartered) or technical expert with extensive and broad experience in your discipline
  • Have a relevant tertiary qualification, such as civil or environmental engineering, environmental science or similar
  • Have at least ten years' experience in stormwater engineering (including both flooding and stormwater quality issues), hydrology or environmental science with a deep understanding of the impact of climate change
  • Have detailed knowledge and experience in the use of climate scenario analysis and climate risk modelling
  • Have experience and exposure to a wide variety of stakeholders and media
  • Have a solid understanding of climate and stormwater-related legislation, policy and regulatory development

In addition, you will have proven experience working in a collective or collaborative leadership environment and have a high degree of initiative and judgement.

Although applications close on 23 August, we will be reviewing and progressing applications as they come in, so don't delay, apply today!

What's in it for you?

It's an exciting time to join our organisation. We have some big aspirations to continue being an innovative centre of excellence for the management of three waters in the region. Your personal and professional growth will be encouraged, and you will work alongside likeminded people who are passionate about their work and have a strong sense of purpose for the region and its councils.

Applicants will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing prior to commencing employment with Wellington Water. You must also be legally entitled to work long-term in New Zealand.


Applications close: 9am, 23 August 2021

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