Backfill Consultant - Mid Level
Denver, CO  / Salt Lake City, UT  / Minneapolis, MN 
Posted 12 days ago
Job Description

Job Description:


Barr is currently seeking a backfill consultant who will help further develop our capabilities related to paste, filtered tailings, and mine backfill. Qualified individuals will have technical expertise in the area of paste (surface disposal and underground backfill) and filtered tailings disposal. The individual will manage and perform engineering tasks for mine tailings management projects, particularly those involving underground mine backfill and high-density tailings disposal. In addition, client management, mentoring and coaching, project planning and scheduling, and workload estimating are part of this role. The position also requires periodic out-of-town assignments. This position can be based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Salt Lake City, Utah, Denver, Colorado, or Calgary, Alberta (preferred locations). Other locations within the United States or Canada may be considered.

Project responsibilities will include:

  • Providing analysis and designs related to mine backfill studies and site audits

  • Assisting clients with tailings dewatering, transportation, and disposal alternatives analyses and studies

  • Assisting with detailed engineering design of tailings dewatering and paste transportation systems

  • Assisting with detailed engineering design of paste (surface disposal and underground backfill) and filtered tailings disposal systems

  • Assisting with development of a technical team that has the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to evaluate and design paste and filtered tailings systems

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in geotechnical, civil, geological, chemical, mechanical, or mining engineering or related field

  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience directly related to the responsibilities described above

  • Knowledge of mine backfill, tailings dewatering, and pipeline transportation

  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

  • Willingness to work in a project team environment that encourages self-initiative

  • A flexible working style as required to meet deadlines and/or client needs

  • Acceptable driving record

  • Legal authorization to work in the US without the need for sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications

  • 8+ years of relevant work experience

  • Professional Engineer (PE) certification or ability to obtain certification within one year

  • Knowledge of tailings management guidelines, standards, and regulations

  • Experience working in consulting engineering

  • Demonstrated project organization and management skills

NOTE: Applicants must be able to work in locations that feature rough terrain typical of construction sites and must be able to enter and work within facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions typical of industrial facilities. Position will occasionally require lifting or moving field testing equipment. Safety training will be provided prior to being given fieldwork assignments. Applicants will be asked to participate in a drug screening program at the request of clients.

Colorado Applicants Only:


The anticipated base salary range for this position is $80,000.00-$95,000.00/year. Compensation will vary based upon experience, education, skill level, and other compensable factors. Employees in this position may also be eligible for a discretionary cash bonus. Our compensation comes in more ways than traditional base salary, and we believe that when all those elements are combined, our compensation is a competitive part of the total value proposition of working at Barr.


People report that they stay at Barr because of the camaraderie and career opportunities. Another draw is our competitive package of employee benefits, which includes professional development funding, 401(k) retirement savings plan, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) participation, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, disability and accidental death insurance, flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses, paid holidays, paid time off, and compensatory time for exempt/salaried staff (time off or pay for extra time worked).

Barr is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other lawfully protected status.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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