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About Us

At WSP we are driven by curiosity, looking at challenges from fresh angles to deliver creative, comprehensive and sustainable solutions for a future where society can thrive.

We are one of the world’s leading design, engineering and environmental consultancy firms with over 550 offices across more than 40 countries. We’re propelled by international brainpower while remaining a part of the local communities where we operate. Our technical experts and strategic advisors bring a wealth of collective experience and a collaborative approach that sets us apart.

With unrivaled local knowledge harnessed from 150 years of pioneering the important infrastructure and environments of New Zealand, we know this place like no other. But we’re always looking for fresh talent to bring a new perspective and shape the future. Join our network of more than 50,000 WSP experts around the world to generate solutions that question today, imagine tomorrow and create a more sustainable future.

What We Do

We develop creative, comprehensive and sustainable solutions for a future where society can thrive.

Equipped with an intimate understanding of our local communities, world-class talent and proactive leadership, we plan, design, manage and engineer impactful solutions to bring long-term improvements to the communities where we live and work.

Our areas of expertise:
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Our Purpose

Creating what matters for future generations.

Our Guiding Principles

We value our people and our reputation.

We care about individuals and their progress, offer the most fulfilling career development for our professionals, and promote our young recruits, because we believe fresh perspectives bring great ideas and new energy.

We are locally dedicated with international scale.

We provide our clients with the same personalized services as a specialist firm while at the same time leveraging our worldwide expertise to undertake the most complex projects and assist our clients to realize their ambitions.

We are future-focussed and challenge the status quo.

We are problem-solvers who evolve, improve, modernize, and excel to create solutions that will shape the communities of tomorrow and help societies thrive sustainably.

We foster collaboration in everything we do.

We embrace and support a high-performing culture, always strive to learn from others, and foster a stimulating work environment.

We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable.

We are empowered to turn challenges into opportunities while being held accountable to standards beyond the norm.

Our New Zealand locations

WSP Internship and Graduate Opportunities Locations
We have 40 offices across New Zealand – from Whangarei to Invercargill (and everywhere in between).

Find out more about WSP on our website.

We hire students studying

Engineering
Urban Planning
Sciences

Available Positions

Why choose WSP?

WSP provides you with a number of ways to learn, grow and succeed

Know you’re doing meaningful work

Devising solutions to help the communities of tomorrow can open a wide spectrum of career paths. We’re future-focused experts who propose innovative ideas for our clients, so you’ll be at the cutting edge, building and honing your skills and knowledge. This is fascinating, absorbing work where you’ll enjoy the professional and personal rewards that come from solving truly complex issues.

Become a local expert with global reach

When you have talent, you want it to grow. So do we. Careers at WSP connect you to a vast array of opportunities.

Join a collective of like-minded international experts and leverage mentorships, tools, training, and colleagues’ strengths to build your career. Build diverse expertise as you contribute to some of the world’s most unique and challenging projects.

We often work on projects in our towns and cities, but we can also draw on global expertise to help our clients, with more than 50,000 colleagues across 550 offices in more than 40 countries.


Bring your whole self to work

We want all our people to achieve rewarding careers. At work we celebrate integrity, treat people with respect, and welcome all perspectives, strengths, skills, creeds, and genders. We support each other and embrace diversity to create a place where people from every background can come together and do great things. 

Our Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group helps us shape the right environment for everyone to reach their full potential, and we continue to promote equality, inclusivity, and diversity through our Diversity & Inclusion plan. Our LGBT+ employee network, VIBE, is also active in expanding awareness at WSP to matters important to the LGBT+ community.

A flexible working environment

The world is changing, and 9 to 5 in an office no longer suits everyone. We know that for everyone here, work is only one part of life, and making time for family, friends, hobbies, and passions is vital. That’s why we’ve created an environment that allows you to do your best work in the way that best works for you. So, if working from home or having a flexible start and finish to the day will help with this, we will try to make it happen.

Find out more about WSP on our website.

Giving back

WSP believes that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow.
Many of our people are involved in volunteer and charity initiatives. Here are a few examples…
WSP volunteer and charity initiatives

We are also reducing our carbon footprint. Here’s what we’re doing…

Applications now open

Apply here now for our 2023 Graduate jobs.


Our Graduate Programme

Our two-year Graduate Development Programme is designed to provide the best start for a rewarding and fulfilling career. Our Graduates are encouraged to tailor their development to suit their areas of interest, challenge, and aspirations. Opportunities within the programme include…

“WSP


Find our more on our website

We don’t simply employee Graduates; we foster and enrich them.

Hear from those who know! A few of our Graduates share about a day at work at WSP:

Alice Gibson

Graduate Engineer – Bridges & Civil Structures (Kaipūkaha Paetahi Arawhata)


Alice joined WSP in August 2020 as part of the Bridge team in Ōtepoti Dunedin.

She provides an example of a day at work as a WSP Graduate:
7.00 am I start the day by reading my bible while I have breakfast and my first cup of tea for the day. Before heading to work I also like to complete a German lesson on Duolingo. I’m up to a 704-day streak!
9.00 am This morning we have a meeting with our client to update them on the progress of our projects and where we’re headed for the rest of the financial year.
10.00 am Our bridge team is meeting on Teams to go through the daily Stuff quiz. This helps us stay connected while we are not all together in the office.
12.00 pm I try to bike to work a few times a week, but since I’m working from home today, I head out for a ride during my lunch break instead. It was great to get some fresh air and enjoy the sun.
1.00 pm I’m preparing a notice to our contractors for some work to repair spill-through abutments on two of the bridges in our network which have had issues with settlement of the approaches and loss of fill behind the abutments.
3.00 pm I’m heading to site for a bridge inspection this afternoon. We inspect all our bridges every 2 years and some more frequently. I’m measuring crack widths at this bridge to make sure they aren’t getting bigger.
8.00 pm In the evenings I like to relax and watch some TV. Today while I watch I’m also crocheting a blanket for my newest future nephew.

Rory Vernon

Graduate Planner (Kaiwhakamāhere Paetahi)


Rory first joined WSP in February 2021 in our Kirikiriroa Hamilton office and has since transferred to our Whangārei office.
 
He tells about a day at work as a WSP Graduate:
6.00 am Living rurally means getting up early! But it also means I get to enjoy these types of views on my commute in to work every morning.
10.00 am Today I am off to site to complete an inspection for a subdivision consent that I am processing on behalf of a local council. It’s always nice to be able to head out of the office and get on site. There’s always great work diversity!
12.30 pm We’re not far from great lunch spots here in Whangārei. The waterfront is today’s choice and only a 10-minute walk from the office!
1.30 pm Our wider sector got the opportunity to hear from the leadership team today to communicate the goals and pathway for the coming year and to celebrate and highlight some great project wins. It provides some motivation for me personally for the year of work ahead!
2.30 pm After lunch I’m getting stuck into working on some proposals for some potential upcoming work in Northland. It’s always good getting to connect with people from other sectors in the business and getting to pull together offers for some really exciting projects.
6.00 pm Always a treat getting to be able to stop off on the way home from work to play some golf and unwind. Hard to beat such a scenic course.

Hannah Weise

Graduate Engineer Civil (Kaipūkaha Paetahi Metarahi)


Hannah joined in January 2021 as part of the water team in Tauranga-moana Tauranga.
 
She highlights a day at work as a WSP Graduate:
6.30 am I tend to make a coffee and leave the house around 6.30 am. It’s a pretty short commute from Mt Maunganui (maybe like 15 min), and I get to work early enough for a free car park.
7.00 am Our office has a group chat where we post our Stuff Quiz scores in the morning, so I do the quiz before opening my emails. My most productive hours tend to be in the morning, so I get through a bit of work before most people come into the office.
9.00 am This morning I am going out for my weekly site inspection of a transport project that we are doing Quality Assurance for in Ōmokoroa.
12.00 pm The office is quite close to a bunch of good food places. My friends and I love Falafel Metro in town; it’s our go-to.
1.00 pm Today I am doing project financial tracking for some projects that I am involved in. This involves monitoring how much we have spent, planned to have spent and have earned. I go through and call or email the task managers and get updates on where their task is up to for the week.
2.00 pm For the rest of the afternoon, I am working on some biofilter drawings for a local council.

FAQs


Q: What do I need to include with my online application?

A: You will need a current copy of your CV and your most recent transcripts (an unofficial copy is acceptable, and we anticipate you will have courses pending results).

Q: What degree disciplines do you recruit?

A: We consider Bachelor’s degree students studying in their penultimate year from a variety of academic background, including:
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building Science
  • Chemical / Process Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Geology
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Fire Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • GIS
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Land and Property Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Natural Resources Engineering
  • Planning
  • Property
  • Software Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying

Where you can work as a WSP Grad

Q: Where can I work?

A: We have 40 offices across New Zealand – from Whangarei to Invercargill (and everywhere in between). We try to accommodate the preferences of individual applicants. However, because of the volume of graduate applications, it is not always possible to offer you your first choice. The more flexible you can be regarding location, the more opportunities will be open to you.

Q: When will I start working?

A: Our Graduates typically start be the end of February. There is some flexibility on start date, and we can sometimes offer earlier start dates. We recommend that you join us before our induction event, which typically takes place in March.

Q: What salary does WSP offer?

A: We offer a competitive salary, which varies slightly depending on academic qualifications and experience.

Q: Will I get to meet and work with other Graduates?

A: Yes, we encourage networking and relationship building through our induction event and throughout the Graduate Development Programme with our Graduate Committee.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible?

A: You will be completing your degree – see recruited disciplines above – from a New Zealand university by the end of 2022 and have less than one year of relevant work experience (internships do not count toward the one-year maximum).

Q: What if I have more than one year of relevant work experience (not including internships)?

A: Please view our current vacancies for other opportunities outside of the Graduate Development Programme that are better suited to your skills, experience, and interest.

Our Application Process

We keep our application process streamlined to ensure you have a positive experience.
WSP 2022 Application Process

About Our Summer Internships


As a Summer Intern, you’ll be able to connect with our technical experts and strategic advisors, who can impart a wealth of collective experience and knowledge. We recruit students from various disciplines of study, including engineering, planning, project management, architecture and science degrees.

Opportunities during our Summer Internships include…
WSP Internship Programme eligibility

FAQs


Q: How do I apply for a Summer Internship at WSP?

A: Applications for our Summer Internships typically open in July/August. You can apply at www.wsp.com/nz/summer-interns.

Q: What do I need to include with my online application?

A: You will need a current copy of your CV and your most recent transcripts (an unofficial copy is acceptable, and we anticipate you will have courses pending results).

Q: When do applications close?

A: Applications typically close 2 to 3 weeks from the opening date. Once applications open, please look to our role advertisement for the close date.

Q: What degree disciplines do you recruit?

A: We consider Bachelor’s degree students studying in their penultimate year from a variety of academic background, including:
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building Science
  • Chemical / Process Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Geology
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Fire Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • GIS
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Land and Property Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Natural Resources Engineering
  • Planning
  • Property
  • Software Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying

Where you can work as a WSP Intern

Q: Where can I work?

A: We have 40 offices across New Zealand – from Whangarei to Invercargill (and everywhere in between). We try to accommodate the preferences of individual applicants. However, because of the volume of applications, it is not always possible to offer you your first choice. The more flexible you can be regarding location, the more opportunities will be open to you.

Q: When will I start working?

A: Our Summer Internships typically start once exams have finished in mid-November. Roles carry on through the Summer break, usually concluding in mid-February. There is some flexibility on start and end dates if required, so please be sure to specify your availability in your application.

Q: What salary does WSP offer?

A: We offer a competitive salary, which varies slightly depending on your year of study.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible?

A: You will be completing your second-to-last year of study in your Bachelor’s degree – see recruited disciplines above – from a New Zealand university before the Summer break. You should be finished with your practical work hours (if applicable).

Q: What if I have already graduated?

A: Please view our current vacancies for other opportunities outside of our Summer Internships that are better suited to your skills, experience and interest.

Our Application Process

We keep our application process streamlined to ensure you have a positive experience.

Our Cadetship Programme


The Cadetship Programme at WSP is designed to help support you to achieve a New Zealand Diploma (Level 6). A Cadet role will lead into a career as a Technician with multiple pathways to choose from, including draughting, Revit, surveying, contract management and more..
WSP's Cadetship Programme

Our application process


WSP's Cadetship Programme Application Process
We keep our application process streamlined to ensure you have a positive experience…

Online Application

The first time you apply you will need to create a username and password on our application system.
You will need an updated CV and your most recent academic transcript (don’t worry, we know you haven’t graduate yet) to upload with your application. You can access our CV template here to help you create your CV.
We will be in touch shortly after the close of applications to let you know whether you have progressed.

Interview

The next step is an interview with the relevant team. The interviewers will ask you questions to learn about your education background, interest in WSP and your aspirations.

Job Offer

We’ll get in contact with you as soon as a decision has been made. If you’re offered a job, we’ll give you a call to let you know and send you the formal offer via email.

FAQs

Q: How do I apply for the Cadetship Programme at WSP?

A: Applications typically open sometime in September/October each year.

Q: What do I need to include with my online application?

A: You will need a current copy of your CV and your most recent transcripts (an unofficial copy is acceptable, and we anticipate you will have courses pending results).

Q: When do applications close?

Applications typically close 2 to 3 weeks from the opening date. Once applications open, please look to our role advertisement for the close date.

Q: Where can I work?

A: We have 40 offices across New Zealand. In addition to our main centres of Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, and Wellington, we have regional businesses across New Zealand. We have a network of 25 offices and 10 laboratories from Whangarei down to Invercargill.

Q: When will I start working?

A: Our Cadetship Programme begins early in the new year before diploma courses begin. There is some flexibility on start date if required, so please be sure to specify your availability in your application.

Q: What salary does WSP offer?

A: We offer a competitive salary, which varies slightly depending on your level of current qualification.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible?

A: You will have at minimum completed your NCEA Level 2 by the end of the year with at least 48 credits at Level 2. You will have an interest and strength in mathematics and science as well as a desire to study toward a New Zealand Diploma (Level 6). You will also be legally allowed to drive in New Zealand on your own.

Q: What is the application process?

A: Our application process is simple. The first step is to complete an application online. Successful candidates will then have an interview with the relevant team. The final step is for successful candidates to be offered a role.

Q: Do I need to have work experience?

A: No, previous work experience is not required.

Q: What if I am already studying for a New Zealand diploma?

A: You are welcome to apply for our Cadetship Programme if you are in your first year of study for a relevant New Zealand Diploma (Level 6). Please see our website, www.wsp.com/nz/cadets, for more information on supported New Zealand Diplomas.