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.
  • Additionally, for the early career award only, a summary of how the candidate meets the eligibility criteria.