Geotechnical Engineer, Tailings and Mine Waste

Company: Teck Resources Limited
Location: Kimberley, British Columbia
Email: [email protected]

Reporting to the Manager, Engineering and Remediation, the Geotechnical Engineer, Tailings and Mine Waste is responsible for supporting the geotechnical needs and managing geotechnical projects at Teck’s Legacy Properties. The scope includes tailings and water retaining structures, coarse coal refuse piles, waste rock stockpiles, natural terrain, mine openings, and underground mine workings.

The nature of the work is diversified and will require both strong field and analytical skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, strong organizational and task prioritization skills, and the flexibility to handle changing priorities and travel across Canada.

Leadership forms the basis of a safe and healthy workplace and involves both making a commitment to put health and safety into action and proactively managing it. The Geotechnical Engineer, Tailings and Mine Waste will lead by example in ensuring that safe and healthy working conditions are maintained, and that workers follow safe work practices and receive adequate training in their specific work tasks to protect their health and safety.


  • Be a courageous safety leader, adhere to and sponsor safety and environmental rules and procedures.
  • Staying current with geotechnical surveillance technology and recommending maintenance and upgrades to monitoring programs based upon that knowledge.
  • Oversee geotechnical monitoring programs, including instrumentation data and visual inspections.
  • Manage implementation of GeoExplorer and remote data monitoring at various sites.
  • Linking into other geotechnical practitioners across Teck.
  • Act as Tailings Qualified Person at closed tailings facilities in Canada.
  • Supervise, train, and mentor staff involved in management of geotechnical structures.
  • Provide technical guidance and apply expertise with regards to tailings and water retaining structures, coarse coal refuse piles, waste rock stockpiles, natural terrain, mine openings, and underground mine workings.
  • Coordinate and review work by external geotechnical consultants.
  • Assist in the identification, mitigation, and reduction of geotechnical hazards and risks.
  • Conduct geotechnical inspections at sites across Canada.
  • Implement recommendations from geotechnical inspections, reviews, and audits.
  • Participate in dialogue with Communities of Interest (regulators, Indigenous peoples, communities, etc.) with respect to risk evaluations, emergency preparedness and responses, and risk mitigation projects.
  • Oversee short- and long-term projects related to geotechnical structures, including supervision of consultants and contractors.
  • Participate in dam safety inspections, dam safety reviews, Independent Tailings Review Board reviews, and Corporate governance reviews.
  • Coordinate internal reviews and engage with internal Teck senior expertise in a proactive manner.
  • Prepare deliverables for government and Corporate on activities related to geotechnical structures.
  • Participate in annual tailings emergency response exercises and risk assessment workshops.
  • Oversee implementation of Towards Sustaining Mining (TSM) objectives at high risk facilities, and ensure commitments are maintained.


  • Bachelor’s degree in mining, geological, geotechnical or civil engineering with specialization in geotechnical engineering.
  • Eligible or registered as a professional engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.
  • A minimum of 5–10 years relevant and progressive geotechnical experience, including a recent geotechnical role at an operating mine with responsibilities for tailings and water retaining structures. A master’s degree in engineering will count towards this experience and will also be considered an asset.
  • Experience in geotechnical data analysis, dam safety inspections, geotechnical drilling programs, and project management.
  • Experience with waste rock dump monitoring and/or underground mining is an asset.
  • Experience with advanced surveillance methods, inclusive of remote sensing, will be considered an asset.
  • Previous supervisory experience is an asset.
  • A results-oriented individual who has exceptional organizational, research, planning, writing, and communication skills.
  • Keen to take initiative, act proactively to anticipate needs, and work independently and in a team environment. Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively.
  • Self-directed individual who enjoys working outdoors and is willing to travel.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office®, GeoExplorer, AutoCAD, various stability and seepage packages, FLAC or similar and GIS software.
  • A valid driver’s licence.
  • Knowledge of BC’s Health, Safety and Reclamation Code is an asset.
  • Demonstrates Teck’s commitment to safety and sustainability.