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Senior Lead, Geotechnical Engineering


Vancouver, British Columbia, CA Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Closing Date: December 23, 2022

Reporting to the Director of Technical Services the Senior Lead, Geotechnical Engineering will provide leadership and accountability for defining sustainable, practical, and economically sound geotechnical, geohazard, avalanche, mine rock management, and dewatering strategies for the development of the Galore Creek Project. This will require the successful candidate to work across disciplines and technical study groups and collaborate closely with the Social, Environment and Regulatory Approval (SERA) team to ensure the geotechnical and mine rock management approaches are considered and incorporated into ongoing environmental baseline, community engagement, mine development, and overall infrastructure studies.


The full-time salaried position with benefits and bonus incentives is based out of the Galore Creek Vancouver Office, with travel to the Project site as required. 

Located in northwestern British Columbia, Galore Creek is one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper-gold-silver deposits. Galore Creek Mining Corporation, a partnership between Newmont Corporation (Newmont) and Teck Resources Limited (Teck), is committed to advancing the asset towards development. Working closely with the Tahltan Nation and local communities, we strive for excellence in all our activities, with continuous improvement and responsible practices that contribute to sustainable development. 

More information on the Project is available at


  • Be a courageous safety leader, leading by example and fostering a proactive safety and sustainability culture based on common values of health, safety, environment, and communities (HSEC) shared by the owners (Teck and Newmont).
  • Be the principle technical lead in developing and managing geotechnical, geohazard, avalanche, hydrogeology, dewatering, and mine rock management plans and infrastructure designs ensuring integration of technical studies, regulatory requirements, and social engagement strategies.
    • Lead the open pit slope, dewatering, rock storage facility development process inclusive of environmental and social impacts appropriately integrating Design for Closure concepts in alignment with owner requirements, ensuring appropriate Tahltan involvement and appropriate integration of traditional land use information, cultural heritage, and Indigenous Peoples knowledge, in particular Tahltan knowledge.
    • Collaborate with the Social, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs (SERA) team to ensure integration of technical studies with regulatory requirements and social engagement strategies. 
    • Oversee the provision and field collection (e.g., planning, field team training, quality assurance, and data compilation) of high quality geotechnical, geohazard, avalanche, and hydrogeology data to support project studies and regulatory activities, including training and quality assurance.
    • Working with other team members, assist in development of geohazard (e.g., glaciers, rockfall) and avalanche mitigation strategies for the project including avoidance and/or implementing passive and/or active systems.
    • Support development of mine rock management plans considering long-term management of PAG materials (e.g., segregation, encapsulation, inundation) and development of geotechnically-stable configurations.
    • Provide technical expertise related to hydrogeology design criteria (e.g. peak flows and volume for various frequencies of rainfall and snowmelt events), hydrogeology assessments, site-wide water balances, option assessments for dewatering infrastructure, hydraulic and streamflow evaluations, and design of water diversions and control structures.
    • Support development of water balance / water quality model, excess water management plans, including developing an understanding of anticipated water quality and any potential treatment requirements.
    • Coordinate geotechnical, infrastructure foundation, geohazard and avalanche management engineering aspects of the Galore Creek project with EPCM firms working as part of the owner’s team.
    • Support the development of capital and operating costs estimates for geotechnical, geohazard, and avalanche management design along with inputs and assumptions for specific economic analyses related to the required studies.
    • Provide input into the overall project and operational business model, along with other disciplines such as geology, mining, tailings, water management, and metallurgical process engineering. 
    • Develop and oversee annual budgeting and periodic forecasts for geotechnical and geohazard studies and development.
    • Participate as a member of senior technical staff, in decision-making and initiatives site wide. 
    • Follow appropriate internal accounting controls and take the necessary corrective action to protect the assets of GCMC to enable effective cost, financial and management reporting.

The above accountabilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.


  • Degree in Engineering with Geological or Civil-Geotechnical specialization or a related technical discipline from an accredited curriculum.
  • Demonstrated experience in the mining industry, preferably in remote and complex mountainous terrain, ideally with direct experience working in NW British Columbia or the Yukon.
  • Greater than 15 years of solid, progressive experience in open pit mining, ideally with experience in an operating setting.
  • Eligible for Professional registration with Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC).
  • Good understanding of mine development and operating best practices including management of health and safety, exploration, resource development and planning, mining and mine rock management, processing, logistics, and specifically regulatory matters including closure planning.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. The ability to write clear and concise reports is particularly important, as well as the ability to present technical information to a variety of audiences.
  • Proven ability to build relationships across multi-disciplinary technical teams and work as an effective team member on projects.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.

At Galore Creek, we value diversity. Our teams work collaboratively and respect each person’s unique perspective and contribution.

Qualified applicants interested in joining a dynamic team are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter electronically.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Your application to this posting is deemed to be your consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of personal information for the purposes of recruitment. Galore Creek respects the privacy of all applicants and the confidentiality of personal information.

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