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Golder Associates Senior Tailings, Geotechnical Engineer in ELKO, Nevada

At Golder, we thrive on challenges.

Golder is not just a place to work, it is a promise of a living, dynamic environment where people collaborate, innovate, build enduring relationships, excel, and grow professionally in a strong culture of ownership.

Do you have the desire to learn? The drive to excel and thrive in an engaged, collaborative environment?

Golder is seeking a Senior Project Geotechnical Engineer to join our US Mine Waste Group in our Reno or Elko Nevada offices. You will be involved in a variety of technically challenging projects in North America and worldwide and have the opportunity to collaborate with leading industry experts in mine tailings management.

Responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Leading the civil design of mine waste containment (tailings and waste rock) and heap leach facilities including initial layout and design, site selection and facility layout, geotechnical and hydrologic/hydraulic analyses, and preparation of design drawings, technical specifications, and design reporting.

  • Managing and executing a wide variety of mine waste engineering projects, including geotechnical field investigations, data interpretation, geotechnical analyses, civil layout, and design.

  • Scoping, directing, and reviewing geotechnical analyses with a focus on soil mechanics, including stability, seepage, and run out analyses for mine waste or water embankment dams and waste rock spoils.

  • Independently managing projects according to client-approved scopes of work and delivering high quality reports on time and within budget subject to senior review and oversight.

  • Providing or contributing to client relationship and business development activities focused on building and growing our business.

  • Working with and leading multi-disciplinary project teams.

  • Supporting technical proposals and design work package in response to client needs.

  • Managing the work of junior engineers.

  • Participating in and promoting a safety-first culture.


  • Bachelor’s degree in civil/geotechnical engineering, or related field.

  • Minimum of seven years of relevant (post-degree) experience working in a consulting engineering or mining industry environment.

  • Professional Engineer registration in the United States.

  • Demonstrated experience working on projects related to tailings management and heap leach facility design in the mining industry, and experience in commonly used software packages (Civil3D and geotechnical modeling software).

  • Sound knowledge in soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and hydrologic/hydraulic analyses

  • Project management skills commensurate with years of experience.

  • Demonstrated client liaison and business development skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with multi-disciplinary project teams.

  • Strong technical writing skills, with the ability to think critically and problem solve.

  • Ability to effectively delegate work and lead project teams.

  • Commitment to safe work practices for yourself and your colleagues.

  • Minimal domestic travel is expected.


  • Master’s degree in civil/geotechnical engineering, or related field.

  • Willingness to work on projects across business sectors, performing a variety of tasks, sometimes on short notice.

  • Enthusiasm for field work and travel (local and national) as needed for project and other needs.

  • Fluency in Spanish.

  • Submittal of a cover letter with your application is appreciated

Additional Requirement:

  • Successful applicant must be able to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their start date or prior to December 8, 2021, whichever is later, or be granted an exemption based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief. If you cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability or a sincerely-held religious belief, you may submit an accommodation request ( to the Golder, A Member of WSP, Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination here - .

Your benefits at Golder will include:

  • Competitive benefits and remuneration packages

  • Opportunity to deepen your expertise in a dynamic work environment.

  • Innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects; and,

  • On the job training, mentoring, and coaching.

Renowned for technical excellence, Golder, a member of WSP, is a leading global specialized engineering and consulting organization with over 60 years of successful service to its clients. By joining forces with WSP in 2021, Golder is now part of a 14,000-person strong earth and environment practice, providing engineering, remediation, regulatory & compliance, design, and environmental services on projects that span all seven continents. Our professionals are driven by a passion to deliver results, offering unique specialized skills to address the ever-evolving challenges that earth, environment, and energy present to clients across the infrastructure, mining, oil & gas, manufacturing, and power sectors.

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

Golder is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, individuals with disabilities or other characteristics protected by law. Golder is a background screening, drug-free workplace.


Title: Senior Tailings, Geotechnical Engineer

Location: NV-RENO

Other Locations: US-NV-ELKO

Requisition ID: 21002255