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Geochemistry Lead

2955 Virtual Way, Vancouver, BC V5M 4X3, Canada Req #383
June 5, 2024

Geochemistry Lead



Are you looking for an opportunity to…


  • Leave a positive impact on the environment through progressive design?
  • Continue to develop your technical skills while building a team?
  • Work in a close-knit group of motivated professionals?
  • Focus on continued growth and development?
  • Continue the development of your critical thinking skills?
  • Participate in a mix of local and global projects?



What makes us stand out?


KCB is an employee-owned mid-size consultancy with a reputation that exceeds our size. Our tag line “Down to Earth / Up to the Challenge” says a lot about who we are. Our staff are inquisitive, curious, and dedicated to solving complex problems. Our size allows us to draw on colleagues across the globe just as easily as if they were across the hall. We also advocate for continued professional development and encourage this by hosting a range of internal and external training sessions and encouraging staff to participate in conferences. In broad terms we think KCB’s differentiators are our:


  • size - large enough to win intriguing projects, small enough for the President and CEO to know you by name
  • creative perspectives that come through diverse and inclusive teams
  • international reputation for technical excellence, everyone maintains a technical focus
  • appetite to tackle problems with unique complexities


What you would engage in:


Our focus is on the application of critical thinking to the management of mine waste and water. If continuing your career journey with us, you would be part of our Mining Environmental Group, based out our Vancouver office. The role of Geochemistry Lead comes with the flexibility to work a hybrid schedule and will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Apply your knowledge and experience in mining geochemistry to expand your Acid Rock Drainage and Metal Leaching (ARDML) knowledge
  • Manage projects, be part of multidisciplinary project teams, and mentor less experienced geoscientists and engineers
  • Lead and/or support geochemical/environmental field programs
  • Lead and/or support projects through the analysis of large geochemical data sets and development of insightful recommendations to optimize sustainable mining developments
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for developing the mining geochemistry business
  • Apply and contribute to leading research and emerging technology within the practice of mining geochemistry


What we require:


We respect the knowledge and experience you have gained to date and are willing to support you as you build on it. We do however require:

  • A degree in geochemistry, geology, or hydrogeology: a master’s degree is considered an asset
  • 10+ years of experience in applied combination of geochemical modelling, geochemical/environmental field work, analysis of large geochemical datasets
  • You must be eligible to register as professional engineer in Canada
  • A solid understanding of geochemistry, geology, and mineralogy
  • A general understanding of mining-related environmental issues, regulations, and policies
  • Experience in translating and presenting geochemical datasets in way that non-specialists can understand
  • Proficiency in geochemical software packages and statistical analysis tools (e.g., Geochemist’s Workbench and PHREEQC)
  • Demonstrated leadership, project management, decision-making and coaching skills
  • An ability to train and mentor young professionals
  • Passion for collaborating with clients and fostering long-term relationships
  • Enhanced communication skills, which should include experience in writing proposals, technical reports, and general project correspondence
  • Experience in a safety focused environment with near miss and incident reporting requirements 


In addition to the must have requirements you will excel in the role if you have:

  • An ability to find creative solutions and know how to present them
  • A willingness to mentor others and be mentored
  • An ability to build rapport with clients, colleagues, and industry partners
  • An ability to not only manage a project but also be the technical lead
  • Demonstrate that you are flexible and seek solutions rather than focus on problems
  • A willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork
  • A proven ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team


The salary for this position is $120,000 to $160,000 per year. Salary is based on applicable experience, education, and skill level.


Along with continued career development, KCB offers:


  • Hybrid work opportunities
  • Annual performance and salary review
  • PSMJ’s supported track record of profitability, leading to above average bonus payouts
  • Vacation policy that aligns to your experience
  • Paid OT, and sick days
  • Flexible benefits, including RRSP, social, and mental well-being initiatives
  • Dedication to WEF’s “Four Pillars” of Environment Social Governance framework, Governance, People, Planet and Prosperity


We are a global organization committed developing a respectful workplace founded on the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to be a workplace where our employees, clients, and the communities in the regions we operate, feel valued and are treated equitable. We respect the uniqueness that makes you, you. We encourage applications from all qualified career seekers, regardless of gender, sex, religion, or nationality. We offer professional career development tracks and salaries commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package and thank all candidates for applying; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.


To learn more about projects you could be a part of check out Projects - KCB (klohn.com) and our Careers page for more details.

Other details

  • Job Family Scientists
  • Pay Type Salary
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  • 2955 Virtual Way, Vancouver, BC V5M 4X3, Canada