Dam Safety Engineer / Analyst

  • Full-time

Company Description

Dam Safety Intelligence (DSI) is a dedicated group of engineers, scientists and geologists delivering dam management expertise to dam owners in New Zealand and internationally. We partner with our clients to manage risk and provide assurance of asset safety and longevity. We’re a high-performing business in a strong phase of growth and have many exciting years ahead of us as we continue to expand our client base and service offerings.  

We’re a subsidiary of Meridian Energy, New Zealand’s largest generator of energy from 100% renewable sources – wind, water and sun.  At DSI, we place high value on relationships and understanding our clients’ needs to find solutions fit for them. We work for a range of small to highly advanced dam owners locally in NZ and internationally in Australia, Fiji, Philippines, North America and Europe.  

Job Description

What you’ll be doing

The Dam Safety Engineer / Analyst role is responsible for providing high quality dam data management and dam safety support services to DSI’s clients.  You’ll be responsible for managing a key client with the learning and development support of a senior mentor and the wider DSI team.

You will also be responsible for undertaking site inspections and preparing high quality dam inspection and performance evaluation reports for many of NZ’s major dams and water infrastructure, and for other dams in interesting international locations.

This role integrates many aspects of engineering and science including civil, geotechnical, geological, structural, hydrological, mechanical, data analysis and interpretation.

You’ll progressively work with over 100 assets of diverse designs, settings and purposes (hydropower, water supply, water treatment, flood control, recreation, and heritage), completing dam safety engineering, management, and programme products and services.

This is your opportunity to join a team where you can work alongside technical specialists in dam engineering and science, play a part in the development of the business, and work as part of a team involved in all aspects of DSI’s service provision.

DSI is a unique consulting business, internationally providing highly valued dam safety services on key strategic infrastructure of national importance, and working with iconic assets throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Wellington location is preferred for this position, however, we are also open to Christchurch, Twizel or even remote working for the right candidate. (Remote working will include 2 days per month visit to the Wellington office.)

What you’ll bring

You'll have a relevant qualification in Engineering (likely civil, mechanical or natural resources) or Science and 3-5+ years working experience including with dams and/or dam safety gates and valves.

You will have a high level of inter-personal and presentation skills, demonstrate a high level of initiative, along with a strongly analytical and interpretative mind. Report writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Other key skills and requirements include:

  • Keeping abreast of trends and issues across the water and infrastructure sector and related areas (both in New Zealand and overseas), knows when and where to go and get knowledge and expertise
  • Understanding and ability to apply relevant legislation, guidelines and standards in decision-making
  • Expertise and experience in dam safety management and dam surveillance
  • High level of computer and technology skills


  • An understanding of dam consequence assessment, dam design and construction would be of value
  • An understanding of the principles of project management would be of value
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (or similar) would be of value but is not essential

Why DSI?

We collaborate, we create and innovate, and we take ownership.

We have a great working environment, with plenty of opportunities for professional development, and an effective organisation to work for. DSI offers a diverse and inclusive culture, with benefits that are all about making life better.

What we can offer you!

We value work/life balance so our WFH and flexible work options (where possible) make things easier for you and your whānau. We also offer:

  • an attractive and competitive salary package that’s reviewed annually, performance-incentive plus discounts from a number of partnerships
  • Southern Cross Healthcare - Wellbeing one insurance, funded scheme for eligible employees to give you that extra peace of mind 
  • enhanced leave provisions: three company paid days (over the holiday period), enhanced parental leave and options to buy up to 12 days additional leave
  • life, trauma and income protection insurance (which we hope you won’t need!)
  • enhanced KiwiSaver contributions
  • access to the Meridian employee share scheme
  • excellent learning and development opportunities, we want you to be the best version of yourself and will help you get there!
  • award winning wellbeing programme that provides support whenever and wherever you need it
  • employee discounts off your power with Meridian, every bit counts
  • a one-off $400 payment to support your work from home set-up (if needed)

All in all, we’re an awesome place to work. If you think you’re an awesome fit not only for this role but for DSI, apply today and tell us why!

To view the full Position Description please Click Here – we’re not necessarily looking for someone who ticks all the boxes (an elusive unicorn), so if you think you have what it takes but don't meet every requirement in the PD, we strongly encourage you to apply!  

If you have any general enquiries please contact [email protected] and one of our team will get back to you. We're committed to becoming more accessible and providing support if needed, please get in touch via email or phone if there are any parts of our process you would like assistance with (process found here meridianenergy.co.nz/careers), we’re more than happy to help.  

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