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Senior Civil Engineer

Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company
Admiralty Island National Monument, Juneau, Alaska
Competitive Salary, Relocation, Benefits, Defined-Benefit Pension, 401(k) + Employer Match, & More!
Closing date
Mar 15, 2024

If you are a Civil Engineer who enjoys working on diverse and complex projects, you might be the perfect fit for our engineering team at Greens Creek, one of the world's leading providers of silver and critical minerals. As part of our team, you will collaborate with engineers from different disciplines to deliver design, construction management, and operations support for all surface activities related to the mine. You will have the opportunity to work on various engineering projects such as water and wastewater, geotechnical engineering, marine infrastructure, buildings, dams, bridges, and road design. One of the most exciting projects you will be involved in is the expansion of Greens Creek's tailing storage facility. This facility uses dry stack tailings disposal technology, which is a cutting-edge and eco-friendly solution, one of the first of its kind in the world. You will oversee the project design, ensuring it aligns with the project goals and regulatory standards. You will also take charge of managing enhancements to surface infrastructure, ensuring environmental compliance, and coordinating with other onsite production departments and engineering groups. By joining our team, you will play a vital role in maintaining Greens Creek's high standards of safety and environmental stewardship.

About Us

The Greens Creek Mine, located on Admiralty Island 18 miles south of Juneau, Alaska is an underground polymetallic mine operating since 1989, employing approximately 500 people. The mine is owned and operated by Hecla Mining Company, headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Established in 1891, Hecla has a rich history as a distinguished and respected precious metals producer. Winner of numerous safety and environmental awards, Greens Creek is seeking new team members committed to professional growth and success.

Here’s what you can expect in this role:

  • Training first. Every hire is provided MSHA training in the first 4 days on the job. We also provide department-level training on not just what to do, but safety, as well. You’ll offer your technical expertise and guidance to surface operations, supporting infrastructure maintenance and improvement initiatives. You will work extensively on the tailings disposal facility expansion project and may oversee the project, including the completion of the NEPA and detailed design processes. You will critically review project deliverables, including engineering designs, reports, and specifications, with a keen focus on optimizing the design for efficiency and effectiveness. You facilitate collaboration with engineering consultants, internal teams, and stakeholders to ensure effective communication and alignment. You will review and provide geologic feedback and approval of engineering plans. You will help to foster a strong safety culture, promoting and exemplifying safe work practices throughout the organization. You will be a part of team you can rely on; a team that will have your back.

If you’re interested in this role, apply on our website at this link:

We have a two-part interview process. If you are selected, our hiring managers will reach out to you via phone call to get to know you and your skill set a little better. Then, if you are selected to move forward, you will be invited to come for a site interview to ensure that we are fit for you, and you are a fit for us. 

Applicants must possess current authorization to work in the United States. Hecla Greens Creek is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Please visit Hecla’s website at and our recruiting page at


As the Senior Civil engineer, you will be a key part of an engineering team that supports a world class underground mine. You will work with a small group of engineers responsible to provide design, construction management, and operations support for all surface activities. You should be flexible and ready to work on various disciplines. You will not have a typical Civil Engineering role, as you will participate in diverse projects from start to finish and be an essential part over every step.

At Greens Creek, the Surface Civil Engineers get to work in all facets of the degree field. In a typical year, a civil will get to work on:

  • Industrial wastewater and waste management Municipal water supply and sewage treatment systems Buildings, dams, road, and bridge design, engineering, construction, inspection, and maintenance Marine infrastructure inspection and maintenance with occasional design and project management roles Geotechnical engineering for an industrial waste storage facility (mine tailings), geotechnical monitoring, and natural hazards mitigation. Local, State, and Federal permitting processes Project management on projects ranging from $10k to $500k, with the potential to be Construction or Project Manager for projects up to $60m

The work environment puts the Civil Engineer in a unique position with exposure to:

  • Engineers from many different disciplines Operations teams that specialize in underground tunneling, industrial processing, and civil activities such as maritime work, earthworks, municipal maintenance, and light civil construction. A diverse maintenance department that handles industrial and municipal electrical systems, fixed industrial plant, and mobile equipment maintenance.

If you are looking for a civil engineering job that is different from the usual, this might be the opportunity for you. You will have the chance to:

  • Work on a historic site on the coast of Alaska, with an office overlooking the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Apply your engineering skills in an industrial setting that is not common for your field. Communicate and collaborate with operations staff on a daily basis and perform field work Enjoy a friendly and informal work environment. Take charge of your projects from design to engineering to construction to project management using consultants when needed. Work independently and show initiative

Here are some testimonials from civil engineering employees:

“I previously worked for a municipality and applied because I wasn’t doing anything other than street design. If I would have stayed with the municipality, I would never have gained the broad experience base that I have through this job”

“I had no idea something like this existed and would not have applied if I hadn’t had contact with employees and been approached by HR. It’s not a typical civil career path”

Safety, Health & Environmental Responsibilities AND Accountabilities
Include, but are not limited to:


  • Display due diligence in safety & health, and environmental matters and lead by example to ensure the successful implementation of the Safety & Health Management System, and the Environmental Management System Promote open communication and cooperation Ensure that all employees, contractors, and visitors are informed of safety, health, and environmental issues on site and distribute relevant safety, health, and environmental information Ensure Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs) are completed for appropriate tasks and participate in the process Undertake safety and health audits and inspections and interact with personnel concerning improving work practices and following up on action items Support all personnel in achieving and maintaining desired safety, health, and environmental outcomes Recognize superior safety, health, and environmental performance to help increase commitment and participation Manage, notify, report, and investigate incidents and hazards in a timely manner as required Manage compliance with safety and health requirements and ensure issues are being addressed prior to commencement of work (such as permits completed, isolations checked, and tagging completed) Manage compliance with federal and state environmental regulations to ensure a field presence on a routine basis Verify that personnel hold the appropriate qualifications and licenses Monitor the safe use and control of all tools and equipment Promote and assist in the implementation of site safety initiatives and safety-monitoring tools Attend and monitor pre-start and toolbox meetings, ensuring they are conducted and minutes are prepared, issued, and action items developed as appropriate Assist in preparing and contributing to monthly safety, health and environmental reporting


Leadership Competencies

  • Employee focus—manage difficult employee situations, respond promptly to employee needs, and keep commitments
  • Problem solving—identify and resolve problems in a timely manner as well gather and analyze information skillfully
  • Interpersonal skills—maintain confidentiality, remain open to others’ ideas, and exhibit willingness to try new things
  • Communication—speak clearly and persuasively in a positive manner, edit work for spelling and grammar, present numerical data effectively, and read and interpret written information
  • Planning/organizing—prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently, and develop realistic action plans
  • Quality control—demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness and monitor own work to ensure quality
  • Adaptability—adapt to a complex and dynamic work environment, including delays and unexpected events, creating ongoing need to reassess and manage changing priorities that may conflict at times
  • Dependability—consistently follow instructions, respond to management direction, and solicit feedback to improve performance
  • Self-awareness—recognize and understand moods, emotions, and drives of self; as well as their effect on others
  • Self-regulation—control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods and the propensity to suspend judgment
  • Motivation—bring a passion to work for reasons which go beyond money or status and have a propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence
  • Empathy—understand the emotional makeup of people and have skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions
  • Social skills—proficient in managing relationships and building networks while finding common ground and building rapport

Departmental Responsibilities

  • Providing technical support and advice to surface operations, helping to maintain and improve infrastructure Participating in the TDF expansion project, overseeing the engineering and design aspects, and assisting with the NEPA and detailed design processes. Reviewing project deliverables, such as engineering designs, reports and specifications, and ensuring they are efficient and effective. Working with engineering consultants, internal teams, and stakeholders to communicate and coordinate effectively. Tracking project progress and milestones, identifying and resolving any issues or delays that may arise. Communicating clearly and professionally with stakeholders, both verbally and in writing. Following attendance, safety, environmental, and HR policies, and modeling safe work practices. Demonstrating strong behavioral skills, such as communication, cooperation, productivity, initiative, creativity, and dependability. Promoting and exemplifying a strong safety culture throughout the organization.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field or equivalent work experience. 7+ years of experience in civil engineering work after graduation. Strong project management, cost estimating, civil and/or geotechnical works, and project planning skills. Geotechnical engineering experience strongly preferred. Preferably experience in soil mechanic and/or hydrology. Experience working with engineering firms. Electrical and/or mechanical engineering experience is a plus but not a requirement.


  • Familiarity with project management and control techniques such as Earned Value and CPM scheduling. Strong proficiency in MS Office and MS Project. Ability to utilize various software, including Civil 3D, and GIS. Open to learning, adopting, and implementing unique software tools and techniques that increase project management efficiency.

Other Qualifications

Must complete MSHA 40-hour training or provide 5000-23 documentation of completed training.

Must pass pre-employment physical and drug screen.

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