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Excavator Operator - Tauranga

  • Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, 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.

We are proud to be supporting the development of Cameron Road in Tauranga’s CBD, this is a large scale project spanning 2+ years and requires a crew of 100+ professionals to get the job done. 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 are after experienced Excavator Operators to join our whanau, deliver to project plans, and get home safely at the end of each day. Your day to day will include the operation of machinery including diggers, drills, loaders and rollers to support earthmoving, trench digging, concreting, curb line dig outs and backfilling works. As we are one team, you will be confident being hands on to help out when excavation work is on pause.  

We need mechanically minded people to monitor machinery, to ensure we’re compliant with Health & Safety, environmental and QA policies and targets while minimising costs and waste where we can. With the confidence to collaborate with your team and supervisors, you’ll collectively ensure works are completed to the Downer standard.

This is primarily a Monday – Friday, full-time-permanent position based out of our Tauranga depot and involves occasional weekend and night work.

About you:
You will have plenty of experience operating Excavators (1.5T - 5T) within the civil construction industry, particularly on drainage and roading projects. You will take pride in your work, be a solid team player and like to have a good laugh! We’d really value:  

  • Ideally you will have you'll Class 2 drivers licence with W, T, R endorsements
  • Practical work experience in carpentry, road maintenance, concreting and/ or structures work
  • Strong planning skills and the ability to deal with unexpected events and problem solve
  • Good communication skills with the confidence to speak up
  • A high level of physical fitness with the ability to carry out manual tasks
  • The ability to demonstrate Leadership qualities that empower others

Benefits of joining team Downer:
In return for your expertise in the Civil field, we commit to offering professional development through mentoring and on the job training and personal development through a range of Health and Wellbeing 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
  • Coverage under the Central North Island AWUNZ 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!


Whether you’re a local to the Western Bay of Plenty or looking to settle down new roots, Tauranga has got it all including great beaches, bushwalks, exciting nightlife and a warm community feel. Talk to us about how we may be able to support you with relocating to our beauty of a town!


How to apply?

If you’re interested or know someone who might be - Simply head over to www.downercareers.co.nz, enter reference 596020 and apply.

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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