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Excavator Operator - Queenstown

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Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown
Categories: Trades, Construction

Downer has been designing, building and sustaining New Zealand’s infrastructure for over a century and is a leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.

With over 10,000 employees in New Zealand, we work alongside some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses, councils and government agencies.

Downer New Zealand is a leading provider of integrated services.  Our commitment to building long term relationships and supporting our customers with high calibre services and solutions; the talents of our people; and consistent excellence in operational delivery sets us apart.

Downer are proud to have a number of exciting construction projects in the pipeline and are on the hunt for an experienced Excavator Operator to join our established team. The construction division is highly respected and has a great resume of successfully delivery projects across the region. Key for us is someone who has proven machinery experience, can impart their knowledge on the rest of the team and champion our outstanding health and safety record.

About the role:
In this role, you’ll be involved in planning, organising, directing and controlling activities and operations on site on a day to day basis. You will support the team by operating machinery to support with trench digging, concreting, and digging out curb lines and backfilling. We operate a collaborative approach, and are looking for someone that is happy to provide general support with other work. 

  • Ensure work is completed to the satisfaction of customers and all targets including productivity, quality and safety are met.
  • Monitor operations under your control to ensure compliance in relation to H&S, the environment and quality assurance
  • Ensure efficient use of materials, supplies and equipment to minimise cost and wastage
  • Communicate effectively with clients, crew and supervisors
  • Lead by example, driving Zero Harm through operational excellence

About you:
You will have plenty of experience operating Excavators (1.5T - 20T) within the civil construction industry – particularly in drainage, earthworks and 3-waters projects.

You will have an organised and systematic approach to the work environment and take pride in your work. This is a great opportunity to display your all-rounder skills and develop expertise in other areas. You will also:

  • Hold Class 2 drivers licence with W, T, R endorsements (Class 4, 5 an advantage)
  • Have practical work experience in Carpentry, bridge maintenance, concreting and/ or structures work
  • Hold strong planning skills and the ability to deal with unexpected events and problem solve
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills
  • Be physically fit and able to carry out manual tasks
  • Be able to demonstrate Leadership qualities that empower others


Benefits of joining Team Downer:
Downer is committed to delivering excellence by ensuring our people have the environment and the means to be successful. We also offer:

  • Stable employment with an industry leader
  • Long term training and development opportunities
  • Full time (40 hours) guaranteed, and overtime available during peak Summer season
  • Tools of trade including your uniform and safety gear provided
  • Access to a range of company benefits and partnered discounts

How to apply?

Get your career moving by registering your interest today! Simply head over to, enter reference 586757

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 & 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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Applications close: New Zealand Standard Time

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