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We know dams inside and out. Knowing what they do and how they act is our area of expertise
Specialist Engineering Consultancy
Engineering, Dam Safety, Instrumentation
1999 to 2024
We know dams inside and out. Knowing what they do and how they act is our area of expertise
Specialist Engineering Consultancy
Engineering, Dam Safety, Instrumentation
1999 to 2024
We know dams inside and out. Knowing what they do and how they act is our area of expertise
Specialising in
Dam Safety
1999 to 2024

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Dam Engineering



Dam Safety



Geotechnical, Geology and Earthquake Engineering



Ground Investigation






Hydrology and Hydraulics



Structural and Civil Engineering



River and Coastal




Concentrated institutional knowledge of dams and hydraulic structures. A team of diverse backgrounds, all passionate about dams and dam safety. Our reputation matters - getting it right is what counts.


Peter Amos

Managing Director
Principal Engineer

Peter has more than 34 years of experience, specialising in dams and heavy civil engineering, with specific experience in structural and seismic engineering coupled with Dam Safety expertise in several countries.


Steve McInerney

Technical Director (Civil and Structural)
Business Development Manager

Steve has more than 30 years experience in dams and heavy civil engineering, with specific experience in the development of new dam and appurtenant structures and dam deficiency investigation and remediation.


Brian Benson

Technical Director (Geotechnical)

Brian has more than 34 years experience in geotechnical and civil engineering, with particular expertise in water resources engineering and forensic engineering studies.

David C-E

David Cameron-Ellis

Technical Director (Dams)

With main interests in the fields of dam design, rehabilitation, hydraulics and water resources, David's dam engineering experience extends from basic planning through to construction implementation.


Tony Harker

Principal Instrument/Investigation
Executive Manager

Tony is a geologist with 25 years experience in laboratory management, materials testing, geotechnical investigations, instrumentation and project management.


Patrick Issah

Commercial Manager

Patrick has more than 25 years experience in commercial and financial management, with particular expertise in strategy, planning and forecasting, audit, and treasury management.


Our People

Skilled practitioners, each bringing expertise to the varied disciplines of Damwatch



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Currently recruiting for the following positions. Click on a bar below. Come and join us.

Damwatch Engineering Ltd is a privately-owned specialist consultancy of world-class passionate dam engineers based in Wellington New Zealand, voted the coolest little capital city in the world. We have an exciting international portfolio of work in dam engineering and applying dam safety practices to new and existing dams. Damwatch is looking for a Dams Engineer with 10 years' experience in the development and implementation of dams and hydraulic structures. The successful candidate needs to have a strongly developed dam safety capability. This is a leadership role of a small team of similarly skilled engineers.

Damwatch Engineering Ltd is highly regarded internationally for:

  • Smart engineering solutions for dam design and remediation.
  • Seismic engineering of dams.
  • Peer review, expert advice and comprehensive dam safety reviews.
  • Applying dam safety principles to all aspects of dam design and operation.
  • Adapting dam safety and risk management for unique situations.
  • Customised dam safety training.

What we are looking for from you:

  • Experience in irrigation or hydro scheme development including investigation and design.
  • Experience in the engineering of hydraulic structures, spillways, outlets and power stations.
  • Demonstrated capability for analysis, problem solving and innovation.
  • A track record of delivering practical, buildable solutions.
  • Real understanding of dam safety and risk management principles.
  • Leadership skills to lead technical teams and represent Damwatch to clients.
  • Minimum of 10 years of dam engineering experience.
  • An ability to see the big picture.
  • Enthusiasm to work with other experts and mentor up-and-oming engineers in a team environment.
  • Capability to address client issues with pragmatic and practical solutions in New Zealand and internationally.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, proven project management and leadership skills.

Damwatch would offer you:

  • A workplace that respects and values all staff.
  • A great collegial environment with fellow engineers who love what they do.
  • The prospect of working alongside world-class technical specialists.
  • The opportunity to work on exciting international projects, based from New Zealand.
  • A competitive remuneration package.

If you are interested in joining us, please send a full CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Damwatch has an opportunity for an experienced Geotechnical Instrumentation Specialist to work on developing dam safety instrumentation solutions for our clients throughout New Zealand and overseas. You will get involved or lead project phases from concept and detailed design to implementation, maintenance and refurbishment.

Damwatch is a specialised engineering consultancy - we focus on dams and their associated structures.

The role

Candidates should demonstrate an ability to deliver quality results and be prepared to work both on site and in the office. As the Instrumentation Specialist you will have an appreciation of the relationship between instrumentation design and dam safety monitoring, you will be involved and/or lead the investigation, design, procurement, configuration, installation, commissioning, maintenance, diagnostics, decommissioning and remediation of:

  • A range of geotechnical instruments e.g. piezometers, inclinometers, flow and temperature sensors etc.
  • Deformation instruments .
  • Data capture, communication and storage systems, networks and protocols.

What you bring:

  • Hold tertiary level education preferably in science or geophysics, with a minimum of 10 years' relevant experience.
  • Ideally you will be able to demonstrate some experience on dam and/or large civil works projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the practical application of data capture, processing and analysis tools and systems.
  • Excellent communication, report writing and client liaison skills.
  • Experienced leadership and management of projects and service delivery.

If this sounds like you please send your cover letter and CV to [email protected] and we'll get back to all applicants who meet the criteria above. Initial interviews with international candidates can be via Skype.

Current position/s not quite you? Damwatch is always willing to employ talented people. If you think you and your skills would make a great partnership with Damwatch then feel free to email us with your value proposition.
Email: [email protected]

Damwatch Offers . . .

Collegial work environment.
Work alongside leading and well respected technical specialists.
Personal development opportunities.
Mentoring and technical development.
Technical responsibility.
Competitive employment package.
40% personnel born and educated overseas.
Head Office located in Wellington.
3 satellite offices strategically located throughout New Zealand.

New Zealand Offers . . .

Its rich cultural scene makes it as exciting for singles as it is welcoming for families.
30% of the country is a national reserve.
Approximately 84% of energy generation comes from renewable sources (hydro, geothermal, and wind.
10 wine regions, each with distinct soils and climatic conditions.
Mountains and sea within a 3 hour drive of most locations.
Primary and secondary schooling is free while attending state (public) schools to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.



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Wellington Office
Level 3, 88 The Terrace, Wellington 6140
Phone: +64 4 381 1300
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Auckland Office
295 Lincoln Road, Level 1, Unit 10, Henderson, Auckland 0610
Phone: +64 9 320 1114

Nelson Office
14 Oxford Street, Richmond, Nelson 7020
Phone: +64 4 381 1300

Christchurch Office
177 High Street, Billens Building, Suite 8, Level 2, Christchurch 8011
Phone: +64 4 381 1300