Water Resources Engineer

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Date Posted: 3/10/2021

Location: Mount Milligan, BC, Canada

Reference No.: 2021-1766

Position Type: Fulltime


Reporting to the Superintendent, Environment, the Water Resources Engineer is responsible for leading the development of the Site Integrated Water Management Plan and Water Balances for Mount Milligan Mine while ensuring alignment with Operations and Centerra Water Governance Framework. In addition, this role will be responsible for driving the Mount Milligan activities related to necessary Tailings Construction Sequencing, surface water and groundwater hydrology, and operational water management.



  • Lead a multi-disciplinary team to develop an Integrated Site Water Management Plan that is consistent with business, regulatory, and Centerra water governance requirements
  • Maintain and implement operational and long-term Water Balance Models through Goldsim, excel and other software programs to provide water sourcing requirements and to inform key decision makers with critical water balance information to plan annual Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) construction planning
  • Implement and champion the development of a Water Steering Committee including involvement from all departmental stakeholders
  • Provide senior level technical review of permitting applications and regulatory submissions including stakeholder engagement and maintaining relationships with government agencies, indigenous groups, and other local communities of interest
  • Inform surface water, groundwater, and hydrology monitoring programs including working with the Environmental Coordinator using Aquarius in the development and maintenance of stream rating curves used for establishing compliant daily water taking volumes as governed by the Site-Wide Water Adaptive Management Monitoring Plan (SWAMMP)
  • Develop a site based, proactive process, for water management as part of mine planning to deliver efficiencies in mine development, operations, and regulatory authorizations
  • Proactively manage risks from project findings and risks associated with regional water quality modelling and site operations
  • Ensure regulatory commitments relating to Water Management Plans and Water Management Facilities are met
  • Prepare and submit all necessary data and reports to meet regulatory and other commitments, including presentation of technical information to a variety of audiences
  • Identify areas for innovation to ensure continuous improvement of water management
  • Ensure project management best practices are applied to new projects
  • Identify opportunities for water efficiency through integrating water costs into project development and operations
  • Identify operational water supply needs, supply risk, and develop feasible mitigation based on defined permitted mine life water needs
  • Identify and control stability and hydraulic risk associated with water management facilities
  • Collaborate with the Engineering, Operations, Processing, Permitting and other Business Unit teams to inform water management decisions
  • Identify water management issues and undertake analysis to support responsible decision making



  • Engineering or Science Degree in environment, geochemistry, hydrology, hydrogeology, or related field with a post-graduate qualification preferred
  • Minimum of five years hydrology (surface water) experience, preferably in the mining industry
  • Experience leading development and implementation of water management plans and programs (eg. Goldsim), and risk evaluation of water quality and quantity
  • Technical knowledge of federal and provincial mining water practices and regulations is required
  • Minimum five to ten years’ demonstrated experience in roles of progressively increasing responsibility in project management and delivery
  • Excellent project management experience, that includes management of technical direction of multiple environmental projects and budgets in excess of 5 million
  • Professional designation and meet the BC provincial requirements of a qualified professional in a water-related field is an asset
  • Proven team leading skills
  • Proficient in environmental analysis and reporting
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to relate to all levels internally and externally, and in both formal and informal settings
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Ability to influence, supervise, coach, and lead a team of professionals
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, including leading change, and making recommendations


The Company is committed to high quality safety, environmental and continuous improvement practices and applicants should be able to demonstrate shared values in this area.

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We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Centerra Gold is an equal opportunity employer.