Environmental Geochemist / Mine Closure Specialist Job in Vancouver for BBA inc. | Jobs.ca

Environmental Geochemist / Mine Closure Specialist

January 11 2022
Industries Architecture, Engineering and related
Categories Environment, Environment, Geological, Geotechnical, Mining, Oil & Gas, Mining, Natural Resources, Trades, Technicians, Construction
Vancouver, BC

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Type of position: Regular

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced environmental geochemist to perform and supervise various geochemical characterization studies (ore, tailings or mine waste rock) and closure plans. These studies include assessing acid and neutral mine drainage potential and contaminant leaching as well as predicting water quality from tailings areas. The geochemist will define acceptable management methods for mine tailings based on analysis results to prevent or control impacts on water quality and the environment. The incumbent must be familiar with current Québec, Canadian and international regulations on water management, mine tailings and mine site restoration.

With a solid knowledge of chemistry and mineralogy, the incumbent will also help select samples and design, interpret and supervise the various static and kinetic laboratory and field tests.

The incumbent must understand how passive treatment systems work in order to manage surface water at mine sites and will participate in their design. The environmental geochemist must also understand the main geochemical modelling tools and can supervise related studies.

Additional, tasks will include:

  • Supporting the professional development of personnel from the Environment-Geochemical discipline
  • Participating in project meetings for components related to the assigned discipline
  • Taking part in drafting proposals


  • Business acumen and internal and external entrepreneurship
  • Functional and technical skills
  • Action oriented
  • Client-oriented
  • Good communication skills
  • Managerial courage and agility


  • University degree in Geology, Geological Engineering or Inorganic Chemistry with a specialization in Mineralogy or in Environmental Geochemistry
  • At least 10 years of experience in Applied Geochemistry in the fields of environment and mine site characterization and remediation, with some experience in contaminant hydrology or hydrogeochemistry
  • The incumbent should be familiar with interpreting static and kinetic testing as well as with key geochemical modelling software, such as WATEQ4F, MINTEQ/MINTEQA2, MINQL, PHREEQE/PHREEQM, HSC Chemistry, CHESS.
  • Fluent in both French and English
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • The incumbent should demonstrate excellent teamwork skills within multidisciplinary engineering teams composed mainly of geotechnical engineers, hydrogeologists and environmental specialists

BBA is committed to promoting diversity and employment equity. We thank you for your interest in our firm. Please note that only those candidates selected will be contacted.

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