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Backfill Consultant - Senior Level

Barr Engineering - FEED
Denver, CO, United States of America
Closing date
Oct 14, 2022

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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
  • Leading projects and team members
  • Business development activities
  • Developing 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 10 years of work experience directly related to the responsibilities described above
  • Knowledge of mine backfill, tailings dewatering, and pipeline transportation
  • Professional Engineer (PE) certification or ability to obtain certification within one year
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to build a team and mentor and develop staff
  • Willingness to work in a project team environment that encourages self-initiative
  • Demonstrated project organization and management skills
  • A flexible working style as required to meet deadlines and/or client needs
  • Acceptable driving record
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications
  • 15+ years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of tailings management guidelines, standards, and regulations
  • Experience working in consulting engineering
  • Strong relationships with clients and the ability to develop or foster ongoing relationships and maintain a high level of client service
  • Proven project management experience

Colorado Applicants Only:


The anticipated base salary range for this position is $95,000-$125,000/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).
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