Senior Geochemist / Water Quality Specialist

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Job Description

Your Opportunity

Stantec has an opportunity for an intermediate to senior level Geochemist / Water Quality Specialist to join our Environmental Services team in Canada. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to geochemistry water quality and hydrogeology field programs, data analysis, geochemical modeling, technical reporting and other activities for a variety of projects, with a focus on mining. Stantec is focused on growing our mining sector team in central Canada. We currently provide a comprehensive suite of services to mining clients through all stages of project assessment and resource development, project approvals, operations support and closure/reclamation. 

This position can work remotely from anywhere in Canada, but have a preference for Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Ontario offices.

Your Key Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities will be related to performing key tasks to support geochemical and water quality components of projects. Responsibilities are anticipated to include but are not limited to the following:

  • Promote a strong health and safety culture and actively participate in Stantec’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment Program.
  • Preparing proposals, developing work plans and budgets and management of projects/tasks.
  • Developing conceptual and analytical geochemical, water balance and water quality models.
  • Review field information from investigations, preparation of reports including the interpretation of geological/geochemical conditions.
  • Interpret geochemical test results including static (acid base accounting, metal leaching) and kinetic (humidity cells and field bins) data.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams on baseline and impact assessment projects, feasibility studies, groundwater and surface water assessments and contaminant investigations and rehabilitation projects.
  • Prepare technical reports and client presentations summarizing project work, findings and recommendations.
  • Demonstrate sound application of established practices, standards and guidelines.
  • Travel as required to various field sites with overnight travel sometimes required.

Your Experience and Capabilities

  • Ability to meet a strong demand for high-quality, organized and consistent results.
  • Confident individual who demonstrates strong initiative and is capable of independent action with the ability to make informed decisions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and advanced technical report writing skills.
  • Time management – balancing immediate and long-term work with varying priorities and deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Possess strong problem-solving skills and ability to make timely decisions.
  • Valid driver’s licence is required for business travel.
  • Possess a working knowledge of various software for undertaking geochemical and water quantity/quality assessments (e.g., GoldSim, PHREEEQC, or equivalent).
  • Possess an in-depth knowledge of Canadian and provincial water quality guidelines, legislation, regulations, guidance, licensing and permitting requirements particularly relating to mining.
  • Experience in geochemistry and water balance/water quality related to evaluating metal leaching potential and acid rock drainage (ML/ARD), estimating the quality of mine-water discharge for open pit/underground mine operations, pit lake chemistry and groundwater chemistry for mine projects.
  • Ability to manipulate large datasets and good knowledge of common statistical techniques used for environmental data analysis.
  • Operating GIS, three-dimensional visualization software (Leapfrog), database software and programming skills is considered an asset.

Education and Credentials

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree specializing in geochemistry from a Geoscience or Engineering program.
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant working experience in a consulting or regulatory environment, regularly using and analyzing geochemistry data.
  • Professional registration or the ability to obtain a professional registration (P. Geo. or P. Eng.) is required.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather. Ability to lift and move items and equipment up to 50 lbs.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Additional Information

  • Salary Range(s): Pay transparency laws require employers to provide the following information for positions that may be in the following jurisdiction(s):
  • Location Description: Min/Max Pay Range for postings located in BC (Lower Mainland includes Vancouver & Burnaby)
  • Min Pay Range: Lower Mainland $95,800
  • Max Pay Range: Lower Mainland $143,700
  • Note: The final agreed upon compensation is based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. At Stantec certain roles are bonus eligible.

Company Info.


Stantec Inc. stands as a global leader in professional services within the design and consulting sector. Originating in 1954 as D. R. Stanley Associates in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Stantec has evolved to offer a comprehensive array of consulting services. From planning and engineering to architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics, Stantec is committed to de

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