Lead (Senior) Geochemist

Toronto or Vancouver Office

Palmer’s Water Management team is seeking to hire a Lead (Senior) Geochemist, to support our group’s expanding involvement in mine water and mine waste management projects across Canada.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, qualified candidate to join our growing team of environmental professionals that include hydrologists, water resources engineers, hydrogeologists, fluvial geomorphologists, environmental scientists, and terrestrial and aquatic ecologists.

The responsibilities of a Lead Geochemist are expected to include (but are not limited to):

Practice Leader
– As a discipline lead, establish a consulting practice at Palmer in the field of mineral and aqueous geochemistry, with specific focus on mine water and mine waste management.
– Assist with the growth of a geochemistry team that will support Palmer’s Water Resources, Hydrogeology, and Water Quality teams.
– Support projects for new and existing mining clients in baseline studies, permitting, operations, closure, and reclamation.
– Bring scientific and technical expertise to Palmer, including a proven understanding of relevant regulations and legislation, leadership skills, business acumen, an entrepreneurial spirit, along with a keen interest in growing and evolving business.
– Demonstrate experience with project management, project delivery and client communication.
– Demonstrate a desire to initiate projects and pursue new opportunities.

Demonstrate a strong understanding of:
– Mineralogy, geology, and geochemistry.
– Knowledge of mine waste characterization and stability assessment.
– Acid rock drainage and metal leaching (ARD/ML) prediction and management.
– Applicable legislation in BC, ON, and elsewhere in Canada.
Demonstrate experience with:
– Geochemical source term derivation for mine waste.
– Geochemical sampling design, water and rock sample collection, and analytical methods for mine waste geochemical analysis.
– Data manipulation and database management skills (in Excel or another database software).
– Mine environmental management, permitting and closure planning.
– Constructing and maintaining mine site load balance models.


– An M.Sc. (minimum) or Ph.D., with a focus in geology, geochemistry, environmental science, or geological engineering.
– A registered P.Geo., or ability to become licensed within six months of starting.
– Prior experience (at least 7 – 10 years) working in environmental or engineering consulting, with exposure to mining projects and mine waste characterization.
– Ability to work within an integrated team of water resources engineers, hydrologist, hydrogeologists, and ecologists.
– Strong technical writing and oral communication skills, including client, stakeholder and/or First Nations engagement.
– Prior experience with relevant industry software (e.g., PHREEQC, Geochemist’s Workbench, GoldSim) and common consulting software (MS Office Suite, Google Workspace, etc.).
– Ability to work independently and make decisions based on sound professional judgement, as needed (field and office).

Other desirable skills and capabilities:
– Experience with EQWIN and/or EquIS.
– Experience with GIS software, e.g., ArcGIS or QGIS (preferred).
– An understanding of reactive transport modelling (1D) and redox geochemistry.
– Field experience at operational mine sites and/or knowledge of mine water management objectives.
– Familiarity with Mine Operations, Maintenance, Surveillance (OMS) reporting.
– Knowledge of common statistical techniques used for environmental data analysis.

Work Location:
This position is preferred to be based in either our Toronto or Vancouver office, but flexibility in location may be granted to an exceptional candidate. Travel to both local and remote sites in Canada may be required to satisfy project requirements.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a CV and cover letter to [email protected] We thank all those who apply, but only applicants that are shortlisted will be contacted.

At Palmer, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equitable employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. If you are a member of an underrepresented group, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application.

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