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Intermediate Tailings EngineerVancouver Are you looking for an opportunity to… 

  • Make a meaningful difference and leave a positive impact on the environment?
  • Develop your critical thinking skills?
  • Work in a close-knit group of motivated professionals?
  • Focus on continued growth and development?
  • Develop a career that provides a mix of local and global projects?

 What makes us stand out? KCB is an employee-owned mid-size consultancy with a reputation that exceeds our size. Our tag line “Down to Earth / Up to the Challenge” says a lot about who we are. Our staff are inquisitive, curious, and dedicated to solving complex problems. Our size allows us to draw on colleagues across the globe just as easily as if they were across the hall. We also advocate for continued professional development and encourage this by hosting a range of internal and external training sessions and encouraging staff to participate in conferences. In broad terms we think KCB’s differentiators are our: 

  • size - large enough to win intriguing projects, small enough for the President and CEO to know you by name
  • creative perspectives that come through diverse and inclusive teams
  • access to some of the sectors leading talent
  • international reputation for technical excellence, everyone maintains a technical focus
  • appetite to tackle problems with unique complexities

 What you would engage in: Our focus is on the application of critical thinking to the management of mine waste and water. If continuing your career journey with us, you would be part of our Mining Environmental Group, based out our Vancouver office. The role of Intermediate Tailings Engineer comes with the flexibility to work a hybrid schedule and will provide you with the opportunity to: 

  • Conduct site assessments and feasibility studies to evaluate tailings management designs.
  • Develop conceptual and detailed engineering designs for tailing storage facilities, including embankments, liners, and drainage systems.
  • Perform numerical modeling and analysis to assess the stability and performance of tailing structures under various conditions.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to clients throughout the project lifecycle (i.e., from design, to construction and operation).
  • Engage with multi-disciplinary teams to integrate environmental, geotechnical, and regulatory considerations into tailings management strategies.
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop mitigation measures to minimize environmental and safety hazards associated with tailings storage facilities.

 What we require: We respect the knowledge and experience you have gained to date and are willing to support you as you build on it. We do however require:

  • A degree in civil engineering, or geotechnical engineering: a master’s degree is considered an asset
  • 3+ years’ experience in civil or geotechnical engineering (preferably for mining or related industries)
  • You must be eligible to register as professional engineer in Canada
  • Proficiency in geotechnical analysis software (e.g., FLAC, PLAXIS, GeoStudio)
  • A general understanding of mining-related regulations and industry best practices
  • Passion for collaborating with clients and fostering long-term relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multi-task, maintain flexibility, high degree of organization, and work independently with minimal supervision in a deadline-driven environment
  • Enhanced communication skills, which should include experience in writing technical reports and general project correspondence
  • Experience in a safety focused environment with near miss and incident reporting requirements 

 In addition to the must have requirements you will excel in the role if you have:

  • An ability to find creative solutions and know how to present them.
  • A willingness to mentor others and be mentored.
  • An ability to build rapport with clients, colleagues, and industry partners.
  • Demonstrate that you are flexible and seek solutions rather than focus on problems.
  • A willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork.
  • A proven ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

 The salary for this position is $80,000 to $105,000 per year. Salary is based on applicable experience, education, and skill level. Along with continued career development, KCB offers: 

  • Hybrid work opportunities
  • Annual performance and salary review
  • PSMJ’s supported track record of profitability, leading to above average bonus payouts
  • Vacation policy that aligns to your experience
  • Paid OT, and sick days
  • Flexible benefits, including RRSP, social, and mental well-being initiatives
  • Dedication to WEF’s “Four Pillars” of Environment Social Governance framework, Governance, People, Planet and Prosperity

 We are a global organization committed developing a respectful workplace founded on the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to be a workplace where our employees, clients, and the communities in the regions we operate, feel valued and are treated equitable. We respect the uniqueness that makes you, you. We encourage applications from all qualified career seekers, regardless of gender, sex, religion, or nationality. We offer professional career development tracks and salaries commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package and thank all candidates for applying; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. To learn more about projects you could be a part of check out Projects - KCB ( and our Careers page for more details.  

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