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Senior Hydrotechnical EngineerVancouver Are you looking for an opportunity to…

  • Make a meaningful difference and leave a positive impact on the environment?
  • Work in a close-knit group of like-minded, motivated professionals where relationships matter?
  • Continue the development of your critical thinking skills?
  • Solve some of the most complex problems faced by the mining industry?
  • Work on 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. By continuing your career journey with us, you would be part of our Mining Environmental Group, based out our Vancouver office. The role of Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer will provide you with the opportunity to: 

  • Work with the latest versions of software, including GoldSim, PCSWMM, HEC-RAS, HEC- HMS, Flow-2D/3D
  • Work on mine site wide water balance and water quality models (with the opportunity to use GoldSim)
  • Design hydrotechnical components tailings storage facilities for global mining projects
  • Incorporate climate change resiliency in hydrotechnical design
  • Contribute to risk assessments, Dam Safety Reviews and risk-informed decision making
  • Engage with clients, colleagues and suppliers on environmentally focused field programs and design solutions
  • Lead less experienced staff through the methodologies of design solutions
  • Build client rapport as projects progress from feasibility through to mine closure

 What we are looking for: We are looking for a Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer to join our Vancouver-based engineering team to work on local and international mining and resource projects. Your experience will be applied to the planning, investigation, assessment, design and construction of tailings and water dams and waste storage for mining. Career development can be managed to support personal preferences such as niche, technical design specialists, or project participation in both technical dam engineering scopes and project management, or all-round engineering specialists. 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: a master’s degree is considered an asset
  • 10+ years’ civil design experience related to surface water controls (preferably for mining or related industries), with a track record of continued development
  • You must be eligible to register as professional engineer in Canada
  • Experience in hydrotechnical designs analyses (e.g., water balance, open channel flow, erosion protection)
  • 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.
  • 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

 You will excel in our team 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 $110,000 to $160,000 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 RSP, 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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