Work at QLDC

Civil Engineer

Otago - Queenstown

Building Momentum | Kokiritia!

The most beautiful District in New Zealand is experiencing unprecedented growth which necessitates significant investment in both roading and 3-waters infrastructure. The proposed Capital Infrastructure programme is three times bigger than anything this community and this Council have faced.  To meet this challenge, QLDC has added some exciting new positions to its high performing Property & Infrastructure Division, providing excellent opportunities for innovative, enthusiastic and results-driven professionals like you.

The Organisation

Queenstown Lakes District Council is at the very heart of the community, employing over 500 staff; we manage infrastructure development, community recreational facilities and planning, building and other regulatory services. With an annual operational budget of over $100m and a capital expenditure programme of $990m over ten years, we are a major part of the District’s economy.

The Location

Queenstown is nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is rated as one of the World’s top destinations. Queenstown is renowned for its four distinctive seasons which offer snow-capped mountains during the winter months for snowboarding and skiing, and long hot days which are perfect for mountain biking, food and wine tasting or walking along the many trails Queenstown has to offer during the summer months. Thrill seekers, families and food and wine connoisseurs will all find Queenstown Lakes District the perfect place to call home.

The Roles

As part of the technical quality assurance function of the Project Management Office, the Civil Engineer applies technical solutions to the Council’s 3 Waters and Roading infrastructure projects.  The Civil Engineer also assists with developing works programmes for the Annual Plan & Long Term Plan through investigations and business case scoping, and manages the scoping of capital projects in the Queenstown Lakes District in accordance with the Better Business Case process, approved budgets and project objectives.

This role has been specifically created in response to the workload associated with QLDC’s capital works programme, approved as part of an ambitious and extensive 10 year Long Term Plan.

About You

The successful candidate will have strong technical, analytical, verbal and reporting skills.  Knowledge and experience with the application of project management methodologies (e.g. PMBOK, Prince2), demonstrated negotiation skills and well-developed commercial skills will be essential for delivering world-class outcomes in this role with the scope to innovate.  

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Dip Engineering, Certificate of Engineering
  • 5 years’ minimum relevant experience within infrastructure planning  and project delivery
  • Well-developed people and communications skills and a strong customer ethos
  • Practical experience - risk identification,  mitigation, infrastructure planning, design overview & management

The Benefits

  • Competitive market remuneration
  • Career progression and training opportunities
  • Regular working hours
  • Subsidised Health Insurance
  • Discounted health and fitness club rates at our great facilities
  • Relocation allowance will be considered for the right candidates


For more information on this role, or to apply, please visit or feel free to contact Simon Leary – Engineering Manager to discuss this exciting opportunity in confidence. 

Job Description

Applications close: 15 Mar 2019