Current Vacancies
Reticulation Operator

Are you an experienced Reticulation Operator/Fitter, or have you:

  • Got some experience in a hands-on role - plumbing, drain laying, pumps, farming, maintenance or similar?
  • Worked on job sites?
  • Maybe you're good with heavy machinery, and know how to operate a digger?
  • Perhaps you've got some engineering knowledge?

If you have a great attitude, a desire to be out and about on the tools every day, and you are looking for a genuine career opportunity then WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

We are looking for staff to join our reticulation team as Reticulation Operators. Our reticulation team are responsible for looking after the Waipa District's drinking water pipes - a busy and varied role where no two days are the same and you won't be stuck in an office. If you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, and you like the idea of a role where you're out and about around the district every day, learning new skills, solving problems and interacting with the public, this could be a fantastic opportunity for you. Full gear and training and support are provided, including the opportunity to achieve relevant qualifications on the job.

If this appeals, don't delay - APPLY NOW!

To apply for this job, please go online to and enter the job code 15535WAIOG

Applications Close Date: Sunday, 23 May at 5:00 PM

Water Operator Serviceperson

Taupō District Council’s Water Treatment Team has an opportunity for a suitably experienced Water Operator Serviceperson to come on board!

Our Water Treatment Team ensure water quality meets the requirements of the NZ Drinking Water Standards and Taupō District Council’s resource consents as well as maintaining & operating the treatment plant to a high standard. The ideal applicant will have operational experience in a treatment/processing plant environment and demonstrated mechanical aptitude. We are looking for a flexible team player who’s a quick learner - the successful candidate will be expected to train in the National Certificate in Water Treatment as part of the role (if you don’t already hold this qualification).

This is a challenging & rewarding position and as a Water Operator Serviceperson at Taupō District Council you will be part of an award-winning team who have achieved several national awards within the water industry. If you have what it takes to contribute to the success of this team then we would like to hear from you.

Applications close Friday, May 28 at 4pm. For more information and to apply, please visit  Vacancies - Taupo District Council ( 

Team Lead Wastewater Treatment

Taupō District Council is looking for a Team Lead Wastewater Treatment to provide a strong culture of high performance and accountability within the wastewater team.

This role is responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective operation, maintenance and development of Council’s wastewater facilities. The successful candidate will need to be a proven leader with good analytical skills and a minimum of five years’ experience in water and wastewater treatment operations. Some project management experience would be desirable, as would a sound knowledge of compliance with resource consents.

If you're looking for a challenging and exciting role then this could be the opportunity for you!

Applications close at 4pm, Friday, May 28 2021 information and to apply, please go to: Vacancies - Taupo District Council (

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 

Do you have a keen eye for detail and enjoy getting things done?

An exciting opportunity for a positive and driven wastewater operator to join the Whanganui District Council Infrastructure team. This close-knit team of experienced professionals, provides the chance to work on and develop efficient, safe and economical treatment and disposal of wastewater at our newly commissioned Wastewater Treatment plant.

We are looking for someone passionate about delivering high quality service, who is able to assist the Wastewater Team to meet its internal and external compliance and reporting obligations.

This role is varied and will require the successful person to be able to operate and maintain our new wastewater treatment plant located at airport road, conduct necessary resource consent sampling and compliance monitoring. Evaluate problems and take necessary steps to remedy.

To be successful in this role you will need the following attributes:

  • A current, clean drivers licence
  • Proven ability to follow procedures for maintenance programme
  • Perform well under pressure
  • Understand data and be able to draw appropriate conclusions
  • Comply with all safe work procedures, policies and instructions
  • Able to work weekends and participate in an on-call roster
  • Support and participate in Emergency Management for the wider Council when required
  • Being a team player is essential as you'll work closely with all the other members of the Infrastructure group, and at times you will supervise and work with contractors external to the Whanganui District Council. You will be a hands-on person not afraid to get your hands dirty.

If you are a hard-working individual who enjoys a challenge, is an above average communicator and eager to provide excellent customer service we want to hear from you.

Enquiries about this vacancy can be made to Dave Rudolph, Senior Engineering Officer on 027 453 9788. (Only online applications will be accepted for this role).

Applications Close: Sunday 2 May 2021

Interviews: Thursday 6 and Friday 7 May 2021

To apply for this job go to: & enter ref code: 5450177.

Water and Waste Water Treatment Operator

Are you an experienced water treatment operator? Or do you have working knowledge of microbiology, chemistry, hydrology and hydraulics within the water and /or wastewater treatment industry?

Whakatāne District Council has an opportunity for a Water and Waste Water Treatment Operator to play an integral role in making sure we continue to provide high quality water and waste water services that meet our community needs. As our new Operator you will be working with a small team of technical experts to support the continuous operation and maintenance of water supply, storage and treatment across our District, ensuring our water treatment is effective and compliant with all standards and regulations.

Once training is completed to a satisfactory level, you'll then join a roster to provide on call and after-hours duties (including weekends and statutory holidays).

We're looking for someone with:

  • A good level of fitness, this role is varied and you'll be active every day getting stuck in.
  • A good eye for detail and a commitment to health and safety, as a technically skilled person this will be second nature to you.
  • A want to keep learning new skills and keep learning to make sure we keep providing best practice service delivery.
  • A good sense of humour! Fun and team work is important to us so we're looking forward to another colleague to join our team.

What will you bring?

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience operating water and/or wastewater treatment plants or similar facilities.
  • National Certificate in Water Treatment and/or National Certificate in Wastewater treatment or equivalent.
  • Working knowledge of process control, field and laboratory analytical instrumentation, calibration and maintenance of continuous reading analysers
  • Familiarity with monitoring and sampling of water and wastewater

What can we offer you?

Here at Whakatāne District Council we are passionate about delivering well-needed services to our communities, making sure that we are providing what is needed to support our communities to be the best they can be and support our vision of being the place of choice for people to live, work and play.

Working with us means being part of a close-knit, customer-focused team in one of New Zealand's sunniest locations. We pride ourselves on employing talented professionals who like to have fun, embody our values of trust, excellence, learning and teamwork and enjoy living in our superb environment. In a world full of turmoil, come and enjoy some more life in life!

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Neal Yeates, Team Leader Water Treatment Plant, or a member of our People & Capability team on 07 306 0500, or apply now.

Applications close Wednesday 5 May 2021

Taitara Mahi – Senior Operator Wastewater Treatment Plant Permanent Full-time

Tihei mauri ora!

Nau mai, haere mai, tahuti mai ki Heretaunga!

Heretaunga haukūnui, Heretaunga ararau, Heretaunga haaro te kaahu, Heretaunga takoto noa!

Welcome to Heretaunga, the area renowned for its rich and fertile landscape that is sustained by its life-giving dews and waterways. Welcome to Heretaunga, whose beauty is observed by the sharp eye of the harrier hawk; a landscape rich in history and with an esteemed legacy of caring and providing for its inhabitants.

Water and wastewater Industry experts!  We are looking for a Senior Wastewater Operator with solid experience and a practical pair of hands to add to our wastewater operations team.

This is a great opportunity for those looking for a lifestyle change or an opportunity to move back home to one of NZs best regions – the Hawkes Bay!

The successful candidate will have

  • Experience in managing the day to day delivery of waste water treatment operations 
  • Is experienced in providing technical and operational assistance for other water services activities (water and storm water) from time to time.
  • Experienced in managing small renewal and capital, waste water projects at the plant.
  • Experience in managing a small team (preferable)
  • Commitment to ongoing personal development in waste water treatment methods, principles and practices
  • The ability to coach others in the methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in the operation, inspection, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of waste water treatment facilities
  • A cool and collected manner when working under pressure

Situated in the heart of Ngāti Kahungunu, the Hastings district and Hawke’s Bay offer an enjoyable environment in which to live, work and play.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. Are you keen to be a part of our journey? To apply please visit our careers site

Applications close: 11 May 2021

Water serviceperson

Downer maintains longstanding contracts and significant operations to over a quarter of New Zealanders. We are proud to be working on a long-term maintenance contract with the Taupo District Council.

A bit about your role;

Our Taupo Water team have positions available for either experienced water service people or alternatively, candidates with a good understanding of the water industry, are keen to work and enjoy using your practical skills ideally with relevant engineering, mechanical, or trade qualifications and/or experience.

A bit about you;

You will have previous experience with the Water Industry and will bring with you;

  • A full driver's licence and class 2 HT licence preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of civil construction, labouring, preferably involved in water, wastewater and stormwater would be an advantage
  • Proven experience and an interest in Water Reticulation
  • Experience working with Water Mains and Service lines
  • Traffic management skills TC and or STMS trained would be an advantage
  • Current confined space entry trained would be an advantage
  • Strong focus on Health and Safety

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, head to and enter reference number 574357 to apply.    

A role with the Downer Water Team can advance your career and expand your skills. We offer you the opportunity to join our diverse and inclusive culture, and be part of a great team, working in a collaborative environment. We provide comprehensive training to meet the stringent criteria of our industry, a competitive remuneration package reflective of your skills and experience, and all the tools of trade you need to do your job.

Downer NZ is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture

Our workplaces are drug and alcohol free - all successful applicants will be required to undertake a pre-employment drug test and medical. 

Due to the fast-paced nature of Downer, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change, so don't delay and make sure you apply as soon as possible.



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Last updated: 12th February 2021

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