First listed on: 28 June 2018

The Hastings District, New Zeland, is home to some of the world’s best fruit growing, horticulture, grape growing and wine production, sheep and beef farming and forestry as well as a range of related manufacturing and service industries. It is the economic powerhouse of Hawke’s Bay. It combines a large rural land area applied to primary production with a vibrant urban community centred on Hastings City and the villages of Havelock North and Flaxmere, all within the stunning context of Hawke’s Bay.


The Council has committed to a sustainable development approach that places a strong emphasis on economic and social development, alongside protection of the productive capacity of the Heretaunga Plains and surrounding areas, including the provision of high quality infrastructure and services, and high levels of amenity. 




We are looking for a Senior Water Operator with solid experience and a practical pair of hands to lead our City’s water and wastewater operations.

This is an interesting time to be part of this sector, with issues such as climate change, growing demand, ageing infrastructure all contributing to the already complex challenges we face, this opportunity is for those looking for a lifestyle change or a chance to move back home to one of NZs best regions – the Hawkes Bay.  You will know that here in Hawke’s Bay we experienced an unprecedented situation in August 2016, which has resulted in a significant number of deliverables over the next two years.  We need your help to achieve this.

The successful candidate will have

  • Experience in managing the day to day delivery of water and waste water supply operations 

  • Is experienced in providing technical and operational assistance for other water services activities (wastewater and storm water)

  •  Experience in managing a small team (preferable)
  • Speaks FACe and worries about BOD.

  • Commitment to ongoing personal development in 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 water treatment facilities

  • A cool and collected manner when working under pressure

  • Public sector experience desirable

  • An innovative and proactive approach to solving problems


Hawke’s Bay offers an affordable and enjoyable environment in which to live, work and play.  An attractive remuneration package and a great team is waiting for you to join us in leading the way to better water and waste water management.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.  Are you keen to be a part of our journey?

If so, please visit for more information and to submit an application.

Applications Close: 18 July 2018

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