The Opportunity 
We are looking for a Senior Hydrogeologist to join our growing Environmental & Water Resource Engineering team on Vancouver Island, BC. The role will focus on groundwater aspects of environmental, contaminated site and water supply projects. The type and size of project will vary from stand-alone environmental projects to integrated design engineering projects involving various engineering disciplines.

The successful candidate will also be an important member of McElhanney’s broader growing environmental and water resource group based across BC, Alberta with the opportunity to work with a team of more than 50 professionals with a wide range of expertise.
We recognize the importance of providing our staff with the flexibility they need to grow their career in a city where they can work, play, and call their home. For this reason, this position is available in any of our offices in BC.

Who You Are
As an individual who thrives in a dynamic and fast paced environment, you will work closely with our environmental, water resource and engineering teams to support our client’s project needs. As an expert in hydrogeology, you understand the big picture and can help advise internal and external clients on project risks that have the potential to result in schedule delays, cost overruns and future challenges. You appreciate the independence of being part of a smaller office but recognize that we are stronger when working as a team!  

What You’ll Be Doing  

  • Evaluating groundwater resources for water supply projects including supply feasibility, oversight of well installation, aquifer test planning and analysis, and water license applications
  • Aquifer impact assessments for development projects
  • Hydrogeologic assessments for evaluating infiltration, groundwater elevations, flow directions, and interactions with surface water in porous media and fractured bedrock
  • Conducting, and providing technical oversight of, preliminary and detailed physical hydrogeological investigations, including surficial and bedrock-hosted groundwater resource exploration / development, aquifer characterization and impact assessments, and contaminant delineation / remediation
  • Interpretation of surficial geological processes and groundwater occurrence / movement in environments dominated by mountain glaciation and structurally complex bedrock conditions
  • Creation of conceptual hydrogeologic models from site investigation data
  • Numerical modelling of groundwater systems
  • Statistical analysis of hydrogeologic data, long-term well yield calculation, well and well-field design and installations, contaminant fate and transport analyses, LNAPL occurrence and mobility modeling
  • Being a champion of workplace safety, and preparing and adhering to site-specific health and safety plans
  • Providing advice and solutions internally and externally to guide design and assist with planning
  • Providing support to other departments (survey, geotechnical engineering, land development, water resource engineering and contaminated Sites/environmental engineering) to learn about and develop a holistic approach to project execution
  • Mentoring of junior and intermediate environmental staff

 What You’ll Bring 
  • 10-15+ years of relevant work experience
  • University degree in Environmental/Civil Engineering, Geoscience or other applicable post-secondary education with courses in hydrogeology. A master’s degree in hydrogeology would be considered an asset.
  • Registration in good standing as a P.Eng., P.Geo, or applicable professional designation in British Columbia
  • Regional experience working on projects in coastal BC is considered a must for the role.
  • Strong attention to detail and project management capabilities
  • Proven report writing experience and ability to communicate with teammates
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team environment
  • Sound business acumen, client liaison skills, and a keen entrepreneurial spirit
  • Possession of a valid BC driver’s license is required at the time of hire

What Can We Offer You?
  • Flexible work hours to accommodate your lifestyle
  • Great benefits, including extended health & dental coverage, healthcare spending account, & RRSP matching
  • Maternity leave top-up and parental leave
  • Competitive salary and participation in our generous Performance Bonus Plan
  • Financial assistance with relocation if applicable
  • Opportunity to become a shareholder in an employee-owned firm
  • A workplace culture that is characterized by respect and inclusion for all
  • Continuous support for your professional development and growth
  • Employee and Family assistance program, which offers 24/7 support for all employees and their families either online or over the phone
  • Participation in our numerous programs that support our Four Cornerstones: people & communities, clients & partners, processes & technology, and financial.

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About McElhanney

Based in Western Canada for over 110 years, McElhanney offers innovative and practical engineering, surveying, mapping, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental services. As an employee owned and operated firm with over 1,100 staff members in 33 locations, we are proud to offer qualified staff with shareholding options in our company. Our employees enjoy working here because of our varied projects, high level of autonomy, opportunities for career development, excellent total compensation and benefits package, and collaborating with a team of great professionals.

Our Purpose: Amaze our clients. Care for our communities. Empower our people.

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If this is the opportunity for you, apply now or visit to apply online. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Our Vancouver Island staff of more than 150 team members offer a wide array of McElhanney services including civil and structural engineering, planning, land and legal surveying, hydrogeology, and environmental consulting services.  Our team members are working on projects both locally in their communities and across BC.
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