Water Resources Engineer

Water Resources Engineer

Water resources engineers focus on the use and management of land and water resources in rural and urban areas. They design and develop creative solutions to protect groundwater, soil, wetlands, streams and lakes.

Water resources engineers may be involved in:

  • Design and management of systems for managing stormwater
  • Designing wastewater networks
  • Hydrological modelling (using a computer to simulate water movement through a catchment for flood forecasting, irrigation planning and estimating impacts on river flows)

Water resources engineers may work for:

  • Engineering consultancies
  • Utilities companies
  • Local and regional councils
  • Government agencies

New environmental standards mean that many local authorities are upgrading their water infrastructure, so environmental and water resources engineers are in demand.

Water resources engineers generally earn:

  • $45-55,000 starting salary 
  • $70-115,000 for more experienced engineers

Key tertiary qualifications:

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Calculus (required)
  • Physics (required)
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics & Modelling
  • English
  • Technology


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Water Resources Engineer: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • Ministry for Primary Industries
    Ministry for Primary Industries
    NIWA
    NIWA
    McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
  • Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Calibre Consulting
    Calibre Consulting
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Pattle Delamore Partners
    Pattle Delamore Partners
  • Veolia Water
    Veolia Water
    Stormwater Solutions
    Stormwater Solutions
    Fulton Hogan
    Fulton Hogan
    Watercare
    Watercare
  • Hastings District Council
    Hastings District Council
    Stantec
    Stantec
    Riley Consultants
    Riley Consultants
    Harrison Grierson
    Harrison Grierson
  • Dunedin City Council
    Dunedin City Council
    Opus International Consultants
    Opus International Consultants
    Broadspectrum
    Broadspectrum

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