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Senior Geotechnical Engineer


Job Title: Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Location: Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia (Corporate Office)

Schedule / Terms of Employment: This is a full time (40 hours/week), permanent position

Please be aware that no camp facilities are available

Primary Purpose

Coordinate Conuma’s Geotechnical activities related to a full range of ground control engineering functions to ensure safety, and compliance to government regulations.

Company Information

Conuma is a leading Canadian producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry. Products from our three mine operations in Northeastern BC, Brule, Willow Creek and Wolverine, leave us well-positioned to serve customers in South America, Europe and Asia

Three time winner of the Edward Prior Mine Safety Award for the lowest injury frequency rate in British Columbia, Conuma continues to lead the industry with multi-million-dollar investments in the latest collision avoidance and fatigue monitoring safety technologies for the protection of our employees.

Conuma is much more than metallurgical coal. Conuma and its employees are embedded in our communities. The company’s Pay It Forward program began in 2017 and since then has raised over $425,000 in support of “Our Kids” at a Bolivian Orphanage and the Vancouver Children’s Foundation. Locally, Conuma’s employee winter hockey matches ensure much-needed donations to the Food Bank, while in the summer, our employees get together to assist the local high school teams as they prepare their go-karts for the Conuma Challenge.

Our local communities in Northeastern British Columbia are amongst some of the most beautiful surroundings in North America. At the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, employees can enjoy almost limitless hiking amongst some of Canada’s biggest waterfalls, ride through ATV and snowmobile trails, explore 97 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, ski cross-country trails, play ice-hockey, swim indoors and out, cycle, and enjoy the sense of community only a small town provides. An hour and a quarter away, Chetwynd is famous for its chainsaw wood carvings and offers a range of kayaking, snowmobiling and rock-climbing opportunities. Regarded as a wonderful place to raise a family, with affordable costs of living, Northeast British Columbia is the outdoor paradise our employees are proud to call home.


  • Develops geotechnical assessment programs for various stages of project development and directs geotechnical exploration and foundation investigation programs.
  • Directs and evaluates geotechnical test programs.
  • Provides design criteria to project and operational teams for excavation and construction of pits, underground wall and roof support, dumps, water management facilities and infrastructure foundations for study documents, regulatory applications, and ongoing operations.
  • Conducts periodic reviews and audits of operational SOPs, OMS Manuals, and operating practices related to geotechnical stability.
  • Keeps the Engineering Manager informed on the progress of the geotechnical programs and reviews his key activities and plans with him/her to ensure that these are in accordance with overall corporate requirements.  
  • Keeps the Sr. Project Engineer informed on the progress of the geotechnical programs for his/her project(s), and reviews key activities and plans with him/her to ensure that these are in accordance with overall project requirements.  
  • Ensures that good working relationships are established with those working with him on given projects or operational studies.
  • Coordinates with consultants (internal and external) regarding the conceptual development and feasibility designs or in delivery of geotechnical services.  
  • Provide technical advice and design analysis for ground control issues related to the open pits, dumps, stock piles, sumps, haul roads and drainage channels.
  • Carry out regular audits of the pit slopes and dumps and record results.
  • Supervise slope stabilization works, geotechnical drilling, and installation of monitoring equipment.
  • Collaborate in budgeting and forecasting and ensure adequate cost control of budget.

Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • University degree in Mine/Civil/Geological Engineering
  • Minimum 8 years' relevant experience
  • Eligible for registration with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC), with registration within 1 year of commencement of post.
  • BC Mine Supervisor Certification 
  • Valid Driver’s License

Technical Competencies and Skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to understand the practical mining implications of geotechnical decisions.
  • Good communication skills with strong ability to disseminate geotechnical knowledge.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Good understanding of mining SHE requirements.

    Work Location / Travel

    • Please be aware that no camp facilities are available. Conuma believes in supporting our local communities by promoting them as a place for our employees to call home, not just a workplace.

    Wage and Benefits

    Conuma provides competitive wages and benefits. Benefits include paid vacation, RRSP matching and extended healthcare.

    Conuma Resources is an equal opportunity employer.
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