Engineer, Tailings - Gibraltar Mines Limited

Company Background and Culture

With headquarters in Vancouver, Canada, Taseko Mines Limited is a leading North American copper producer across a range of key dimensions: operational efficiency; low energy and GHG intensity, environmentally sound, socially responsible development; healthy and safe workplaces and communities.

The Company’s foundational asset is the long-life, low-cost Gibraltar copper mine (75% owned) in south-central British Columbia, for which it has won numerous environmental and safety awards for operational excellence.  Gibraltar is a state-of-the-art facility and the second largest open pit copper mine in Canada, with a 700+ person workforce.  Gibraltar produces an average of 130 million pounds of copper and 2.5 million pounds of molybdenum each year, with mineral reserves sufficient for more than 20 years of future operations.

Taseko is also advancing the Florence Copper Project in Arizona – a near-term copper producer with an unparalleled energy, water and GHG profile per unit of production. Florence Copper is a unique ‘in-situ copper recovery’ project which,  once operating, will significantly increase Taseko’s copper production.  Taseko expects to receive its final federal permit for the Florence Copper Project in 2022, after which construction will commence. The project will  have a production capacity of 85 million pounds of copper per year over a 20-year mine life.

The Yellowhead Project is a large, long-life copper project that Taseko added to its development portfolio in 2019. Located 150km north of Kamloops in the Thompson-Nicola region of BC, the Yellowhead deposit is similar to the Gibraltar deposit in size and grade. The Company is currently preparing to initiate the provincial and federal Environmental Assessment process for Yellowhead, while advancing technical and other work required to move the project towards production. 

Taseko’s strategy is to sustainably and profitably grow the company through developing our pipeline of high-quality advanced-stage mineral assets. We are looking for qualified applicants who are interested in joining our team.

We are looking for an Engineer, Tailings to work at Taseko’s Gibraltar Mine.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Engineer, Geotechnical, the Engineer, Tailings will be responsible for:

  • Be a courageous safety leader, adhere to and sponsor safety and environmental rules and procedures.
  • Provide technical support and operational targets to tailings Mill Operations as needed to ensure the ongoing safe and effective deposition to meet our design and storage requirements.
  • Develop short term deposition plans, infrastructure requirements and move schedules with Mill Operations based on long term deposition plans.
  • Conduct monthly reconciliation of deposition plans and ongoing mass balance analyses to demonstrate deposition objectives.
  • Collect and maintain tailings data and produce regular reports.
  • Conducting field quality control tests for geotechnical materials as part of dam construction.
  • Track costs associated with tailings activities and manage critical parts inventory.
  • Assist with water management and water balance calculation related to tailing and site wide water systems.
  • Surveying and GPS field work, using RTK equipment and drone photogrammetry.
  • Perform infrastructure inspections and generate maintenance reports and orders.
  • Provide project management coverage as needed.

Professional Experience / Qualifications

  • 3 to 4 years operational, construction, or design work experience in the mining industry specific to tailings storage facilities
  • Able to work alone in an outdoor setting and in adverse weather conditions.
  • Experience with GPS/survey applications is considered an asset.
  • Ability to problem solve, communicate effectively and manage time.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Good knowledge of all MS office applications with the ability to perform basic programming in Excel.
  • Familiar with water balance software (HEC-HMS) or GIS software would be considered an asset.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.


  • Engineering degree in a Civil, Geotechnical, or a Mining related field.
  • Registered, or able to register, as a Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia or registered as an EIT with progression plan to obtain Professional Engineer status within 1 year.

The Community

  • Williams Lake has a population of approximately 12,000 but services nearly 25,000 as it is a central hub for many outlying smaller communities.
  • Adult recreational leagues for many popular sports including hockey, soccer, and softball.
  • A fantastic trail network for mountain biking, walking, and hiking.
  • Dozens of nearby lakes for fishing, paddling, and camping opportunities.
  • Close by cross country and downhill skiing venues.


At Taseko, we pride ourselves in offering a challenging and rewarding work environment. Our employees have the opportunity for career and professional growth through development, education, and succession plan programs. In addition, our compensation benefit package includes competitive salaries and vacation packages, Health and Insurance benefit program, and Retirement Savings Plan.


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Date Posted: October 26, 2022
Closing Date:
McLeese Lake, BC