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Dunedin is an amazing place to live and work, and if you were to ask anyone living here, they’ll tell you that there’s something indescribably special about our city. It’s small enough to feel like you’re part of a community, but big enough to ensure that there’s always something going on. From the great outdoors to arts, culture and education, all within 10 minutes of the city centre. Dunedin has so much to offer, so why not come and feel just how special it is?


We are looking for an experienced Team Leader who has extensive knowledge managing people, resources and processes. You will be responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient daily operation of Dunedin’s wastewater treatment plants, while providing line management to our wastewater treatment technicians. You will be working in a collaborative environment to help achieve clear goals for our wastewater services. You may be required to be part of the stand-by roster and to respond to emergency calls.

You may already be in Dunedin and know that it is one of the world’s great small cities, but if you aren’t, Dunedin offers you a fantastic, affordable place to live and work, with access to a wide range of recreational, cultural and entertainment opportunities all in one of the country’s most beautiful locations.

If you have proven experience managing and motivating teams, highly developed communication and leadership skills, and a strong customer service philosophy, then we want to hear from you!

Applications close Friday 14th September 2018.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity and to apply visit our website:


Te Mato Vai, meaning ‘Water for the People’ is a water scheme to provide potable drinking water to the people of Rarotonga. McConnell Dowell is currently in the construction phase of the project which includes the design and build of 10 water treatment plants and the build of 5 trunk mains.

The water treatment plants consist of a gravity fed systems which has primary treatment (concrete sediment tanks with the use of a coagulant), secondary treatment (automatic valveless gravity filters (AVG’s)) and storage tanks across the island where the 10 major streams are located.

To assist McConnell Dowell with the commissioning and performance assurance phase of the contract we are looking for a water treatment plant operator with the following attributes for a full-time role commencing in approximately February 2019 through until March 2020 in Rarotonga:

  • New Zealand National Certificate of Water Treatment.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in this line of work.
  • Ideally has experience on rural water treatment plants in New Zealand (less than 5000 m3/day).
  • Hands on experience with low sophistication plants.
  • Experience with optimising coagulation processes on small treatment plants.
  • Experience with water quality testing.
  • Basic Microsoft office skills.
  • Proven ability to deliver capacity building which involves:
    • Previously employed in a position that includes responsibility for delivering structured on the job training for one or more people
    • Has been known as a leader within an organisation and has a reputation for managing a team that achieves results
    • Known to form and develop a new team and integrate new staff.
    • Has demonstrated the ability to mentor staff and or other team members.

The contract will be spilt into the following two sections;

  • Initial Operation Period (9 months)

The operator will optimise the process performance, carry out on-the-job training for the local government staff and undertake water quality sampling to prove the performance of the system. There are specific turbidity performance requirements which must be met during this phase.

  • Secondary Operating Period (3 months)

The operator will be responsible for ensuring that the local government are able to manage the operation of all sites. This will include; ensuring that water quality sampling data continues to be collected and complies with the requirements, continuation of refinement of the process, continued on the job training and monthly reporting.

If you would like to be part of a committed team who are dedicated to providing an outstanding service to its customers and community, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact James Taylor on [email protected]


The Nelmac treatment team operates and maintains two treatment facilities servicing the wider Nelson area and a large reticulation network of pump stations and rising mains.

Bell Island is the largest of the two treatment facilities, it provides treatment for a population base spanning from Nelson and Richmond to Mapua. It is a complex treatment plant comprising of activated sludge process, A.T.A.D sludge digestion and an extensive pond system.

There is a continual strive for improvement, from utilising environmentally friendly solutions such as the newly installed wind-powered mixer/aerators in the pond system, forestry disposal of treated biosolid, as well as utilising cutting edge technology like s::can influent monitoring to analyse load patterns and troubleshoot process operation.  Imagine working with all of this and living in one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.

It is a dynamic team environment where focus is on continual process improvement and optimisation always looking to the future.

Key tasks in this role include:

  • Ensuring optimal day to day operation of the treatment system
  • Working alongside an experienced team of operators and mechanical engineers
  • Monitoring and trending of plant data and identifying abnormalities based upon laboratory and process data results
  • Problem solving of treatment and mechanical issues and developing initiatives to further optimise the treatment process
  • Maintaining a high level of health and safety culture within the team 
  • Implementation of preventative maintenance programmes
  • National Certificate in Wastewater Treatment or working towards (highly desirable).

As a 24/7 operation the role demands flexibility for team members in working hours and being part of an after-hours duty roster. 

We are proud of our people and what we do. If you’ve got the enthusiasm, skills and energy to become part of our team, we’d love to hear from you.

In return the successful candidate can expect a competitive base salary with a provision for duty and call-out allowances, mobile phone, fully equipped ute to undertake work activities, and a commitment to ongoing development and training. 

Please note that applicants must have a clean driver’s licence, NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa, and will be required to undergo pre-employment medical checks and drug screening.

To apply, please email your CV and Cover Letter to [email protected] Applications welcomed via email until Wednesday 12 September 2018.

For any enquiries please contact Allan Jones | Operations Manager Treatment | M: 021 845 810 | E: [email protected]


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WIOG advertises positions vacant free of charge as a service to our members and the wider water industry. WIOG is in no way involved in the application or selection process for any advertised position. Please contact the organisation/company directly with any inquiries or applications.

Last updated: 28th August 2018

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