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KBR Water Resources Engineer in Sydney, Australia


Water Resources Engineer

Are you a Water Resources Engineer looking to join a fast growing, national water resources team delivering some of the most exciting and challenging projects in Australia? Do you like working on a wide variety of water resource projects delivering innovative solutions to local and state government and private sector clients? Would you like working in a fresh new office intelligently designed to cater to the modern flexible working culture?

If you do, the KBR water resources team is the place for you. Joining a global company like KBR will expose you to some of the most exciting projects in Australia and the world and enable you to work alongside and learn from the industry leaders across a range of engineering disciplines.

The Opportunity

As a member of KBR’s Water Resources team in Sydney you will have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of challenging projects that expand your skill base and keep you engaged. On any given day you could be building and calibrating a riverine model on one of Australia’s largest river systems or be part of the design team for a major infrastructure project in Australia or globally.

While the role will be preferably based in Sydney, we are open to discussing the role with anyone located regionally or in other major centres across Australia.

You will work with a national group of highly regarded industry practitioners who value technical expertise and innovation. You will apply practical on-the-ground problem solving and engineering solutions and work with our clients collaboratively to deliver successful outcomes. You will have the opportunity if desired to lead projects and manage work-winning activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct hydrological and hydraulic investigation and design for a wide range of studies including rural and urban flood studies, transport and mine infrastructure, floodplain management, water balance modelling, stormwater management and mine water management

  • Support the delivery of water resources projects nationally

  • Provide technical expertise and support to the engineering and environment team

  • Work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams to support the delivery of design solutions that meet client and community expectations.

  • Maintain an interest in technological advances and applying innovation to project delivery.

  • Develop strong relationships with our clients.

  • Produce technical models and reports to a high standard, contributing to KBR’s reputation for the delivery of quality project outputs.

  • Support the preparation of proposals including methodology, study team, documentation, and fee estimate.

  • Act as a project manager on small to medium sized water resources projects. Monitor costs on an ongoing basis against the predetermined and approved budget costs

  • Commit to safe and sustainable delivery of our projects.


  • Graduate or postgraduate qualifications in environmental science, environmental engineering or other relevant discipline

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience in preparation of bid budgets, writing proposals and preparation of marketing materials

  • Knowledge and understanding of federal, state and local legislation, regulatory frameworks, and policy, and experience applying it to achieve practical outcomes in the field of water resources

  • Demonstrated expertise in writing high level technical reports, conference papers and presentation of technical material

  • Competence in development of hydrology and hydraulic models in line with scope requirements

  • Ability to integrate design solutions with other disciplines in the transport sector i.e. road design, drainage design, rail design and structural design.

  • Ability to guide more junior staff in the preparation of models and reports

Other skills and attributes, while not essential, would be nice to have:

  • Proficiency in the following software packages: TUFLOW and RORB (necessary). Experience in other hydraulic/ hydrology software such as HEC-RAS and 12D Model would be well regarded

  • Proficiency in the following software packages: QGIS, ArcGIS & MapInfoProven ability to analyse, interpret and communicate information and modelling results

  • Awareness of business development and marketing activities would be highly regarded

  • Be on the pathway to obtaining CPEng.

  • Maintain curiosity and interest to continuously improve technical knowledge and skills

Who are you?

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that working together to reach common goals cannot be done without passion and commitment behind them.

We are looking for a skilled and passionate technical professional who wants to continue to progress their career. This role is perfect for the ambitious professional seeking opportunities to develop their technical, project management and general management skills.

Benefits of KBR

  • We offer flexible and family friendly working arrangements including flexibility with hours as well as your work location

  • Ongoing professional development opportunities

  • Employees may benefit from up to 8 additional hours of accrued flexible leave every 4 weeks

  • A global business with a local feel

  • A variety of work across a wide range of projects and market sectors

  • An opportunity to work with technically eminent professionals

About Us

KBR have been established for over 100 years and we pride ourselves on being an innovative and forward-thinking company with a reputation for delivering on challenging and complex engineering projects. We deliver science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world.

So how do I apply?

If what you've read resonates with your values, experience and career aspiration then we want to hear from you! Just click apply and upload your resume and cover letter.

KBR values an inclusive and diverse work environment and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds, to apply. Our hiring decisions are based on the key requirements of each role and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and experiences.

KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and solutions across the asset and program life cycle within the government services and technology sectors. KBR employs approximately 28,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. ​

KBR is proud to work with customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long- term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver.

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