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Drainlayer / Leading hand

  • Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
  • Full Time - Permanent

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. Our Transport Construction and Maintenance divisions are widely respected and have a steady track record for delivering high standards of work for our communities and for offering our people opportunities for growth.  
About the job:  
We expect continuous growth across the region and are seeking a Civil Drainlayer / Leading Hand to join our work whanau, deliver to project plans, and get home safely at the end of each day.   
You will be a hands-on expert with regards to drain laying (civil and roading operations). Your day-to-day will involve conducting and leading activities including drain laying, benching and haunching, water, waste-water and storm water projects, completing reporting, plant maintenance and emergency repairs.  
You will be confident to step up and act as the site Foreperson as needed - supporting the delivery of contract requirements, maintaining a safe site for all, optimisation of resources, achieving targets, as well as providing training to up skill the crew. 
This is an opportunity for you to take charge of your career, gain exposure to a major project and utilise your expertise and crew management skills.  This is primarily a Monday – Friday, full time-permanent position based out of our Whangarei depot and involves occasional weekend and night work.  
About you:  
Along with your keen interest and experience in Civil Drain laying, you will take pride in your work, be a solid team player and like to have a good laugh! We’d really value:   

  • A certified drain layer / someone working towards their qualifications 

  • Strong safety and quality focus to keep the public and team safe 

  • A Full Class 1 drivers license 

  • Strong planning skills and the ability to deal with unexpected events and make decisions 

  • Demonstrated leadership experience is beneficial 

  • Excellent communication skills with the confidence to speak up and direct others 

Benefits of joining team Downer:  
In return for your expertise, we commit to offering professional development through mentoring and on the job training and personal development through a range of Health and Well being initiatives. Our top priority is our people - Downer is committed to delivering excellence by ensuring our people have the environment and the means to be successful, some of our perks include:  

  • Stable employment with an industry leader  

  • Weatherproof pay – Guaranteed 40 hours per week 

  • Coverage under the AWUNZ Greater Waikato/BOP Regions Union agreement with access to penal rates including overtime pay and meal allowances 

  • Tools of trade provided including Downer uniform and all PPE gear provided  

  • Access to a range of company benefits and partnered discounts including subsidised health insurance, retail specials, vehicle rentals, banking offers, free counselling services + more! 

How to apply?  
If you’re interested or know someone who might be - Simply head over to, enter reference 592658 and apply. Alternately, drop in to our depot or contact us at or call 0800877327 for support.  
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. 

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