Early Career Award

The early career award recognises a young/early career person who has already made a significant contribution towards sustainable management of New Zealand Rivers. This may be at a local, regional or national scale and could include (but is not limited to) achievements in river-related research, engineering, community engagement, planning, policy or advocacy.

Applicants should be rivers group members who have less than 10 years’ experience in river-related work (this includes postgraduate study relating to rivers but excludes time taken for parental leave).


Candidates can apply directly or be nominated. To make an application/nomination please email rivers.group@engineeringnz.org. Applications must contain:

  • A summary describing why the candidate deserves the award (500 words or less).
  • A CV.
  • Names and contact details of at least 2 referees.
  • A summary of how the candidate meets the eligibility criteria.