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Job Description

  About Us
BGC Engineering Inc. (BGC) is an international applied earth sciences professional services firm. We are proud of our talented team of over 700 employees, spanning the fields of Engineering, Geoscience, Software, Geomatics, Data Science, Accounting, Administration, Health & Safety and Human Resources.  Alongside our clients and industry partners, BGC works collaboratively as ‘One Team’, dedicated to solving the world’s most critical applied earth science challenges. BGC has Canadian offices located in Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Sudbury, Fredericton, Halifax, and offices in Golden (Colorado), Santiago (Chile), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Brisbane (Australia).   Our flat management structure creates a culture of innovation, excellence and transparency and a casual, dynamic and inclusive work environment.  BGC prides itself on offering training and mentoring opportunities to further our employees’ professional growth as well as social and wellness activities that contribute to the connection and wellbeing of our team.  We believe in One Team, Excellence, Curiosity, Common Sense and Clarity. 
The Role
BGC is seeking a Senior Geochemist or Hydrogeochemist with an expert understanding of water quality, metal leaching (ML) and acid rock drainage (ARD) theory and practice. The successful candidate will join our rapidly growing team of geochemical specialists and have a leadership role in advancing the strategic vision and direction of the Geochemistry Team. In addition to this strategic alignment, the candidate will work closely with project managers, engineers, and geoscientists across BGC on large multi-disciplinary projects as well as geochemistry-focused projects. The ideal candidate will help to anchor the geochemistry team at BGC, providing guidance, technical knowledge and leadership, and mentorship as we continue to advance our state of practice and develop the geochemistry team at BGC. This position can be based at any of BGC’s Canadian or US office locations.


  • Act as technical lead and/or technical reviewer on project scope design and interpretation for metal leaching and acid rock drainage (ML/ARD), water quality, source term development and predictive water quality modeling projects 
  • Integrate with hydrogeology and hydrology teams on coupled water balance and water quality modeling projects 
  • Manage projects, including proposals, budgets, schedules, staffing and scopes 
  • Collaborate within multi-disciplinary teams 
  • Supervise, train, and mentor junior and intermediate staff in the field and office  
  • Participate in business development and identify new opportunities, promoting BGCs capacity for undertaking innovative and advanced hydrogeochemical projects
  • Present results to internal and external groups 
  • Author or co-author reports
  • Work with client and partner representatives
  • Travel as required to North and South American remote sites to support junior team members, gain familiarity of project sites, and serve our clients
  • Help promote BGC vision, values and culture amongst BGC staff

 Required Education & Professional Standing

  • Graduate degree in chemistry, geochemistry, geology, hydrogeology, geological engineering, or related discipline
  • Registered professional, P.Geo. or P.Eng. with EGBC or similar association

Required Experience

  • 10+ years of experience in metal leaching and acid rock drainage assessments, water quality assessments, and predictive water quality modeling projects
  • Experience contributing to various stages of the environmental assessment and permitting phases of a project, including: bulk sample programs, environmental applications, permitting, water quality modeling/prediction, management and closure planning
  • Experience with the design of monitoring programs, interpretation of data from geochemical static and kinetic programs, from scoping level to feasibility; from Environmental Assessment through permitting; and from operations through closure/remediation
  • Familiar with a variety of geochemical and hydrological modeling platforms including PHREEQC, Geochemists Workbench, HYDRUS, MODFLOW and/or GoldSim
  • Experience using water quality and geochemical data to develop water quality models, set permit limits or similar thresholds/criteria, and develop a variety of operational monitoring plans

Required Competencies

  • Strong foundation in low temperature geochemistry, water quality, ML/ARD theory and practice
  • Able to work efficiently with large datasets using database management programs such as EQWIN or EQuIS, Microsoft Access
  • Proficient in technical writing; able to present, prepare and review reports
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Able to communicate with clients, understand their project goals and apply that understanding to project work
  • Experience with mentoring/teaching or leading teams of junior/intermediate staff is expected
  • Strong familiarity with a Canadian provincial regulatory environment, as it relates to metal mining project submissions for Environmental Assessment and/or permitting is expected

Position Requirements
Drug & Alcohol TestingTo ensure we meet our client’s compliance requirements and our workplace health and safety commitments, BGC has a drug and alcohol policy that applies to this position.  The policy states that an employee may be required to take a drug and alcohol test prior to engaging in field work. This testing could be requested within an employee’s first week or in the future, as required. It is important to note that some clients also require random drug and alcohol testing, and/or testing in the event of a health and safety accident or incident.
Driver’s LicenseBGC requires that employees have a valid driver's license, and that employees can drive a field pickup truck.  Upon hiring, BGC will require a driver’s abstract to allow for a safety review of your driving history.
Travel and Vaccination BGC is committed to maintaining a safe work environment to ensure the health and safety of employees while on business travel and during field assignments. To meet travel and client requirements, employees may be required to receive vaccinations such as yellow fever, COVID-19, malaria, etc. If you require an accommodation or wish to discuss your situation, please contact Human Resources. BGC requires that you have a current passport for this position. 
COVID-19 VaccinationBGC is committed to maintaining a safe work environment, and we are following current public health orders to ensure the health and safety of our employees while maintaining their privacy and respecting their individual circumstances. As of July 4, 2022, the BGC COVID-19 vaccination policy has been suspended until further notice. If BGC resumes this policy, all employees will be required to submit all COVID-19 vaccination records to HR.  If you require any accommodations or are not able to comply with this request, please inform Human Resources.
Company Benefits
BGC offers our employees the following: 

  • Our ‘One Team’ culture supporting health, wellness, safety and diversity
  • Comprehensive benefits package
    • Health, Dental and Vision coverage
    • LTD, Life, AD&D and Business Travel Insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program
  • Maternity/Paternity leave top ups
  • Professional development and mentoring opportunities
  • Flat management structure
  • Flexible workplace with office and home arrangements
  • Social and wellness activities
  • Casual and professional work environment 

The estimated base salary range for this position is $125,000-$190,000 CAD per annum, however base pay will be commensurate with job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. BGC's compensation package also includes a training allowance and a comprehensive medical and dental plan.
BGC is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If you need assistance or an accommodation with your application, please contact us.