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Director of Water Resources

Twin Metals Minnesota Full-Time  Anywhere 4 Jan 2021

Job Description

TWIN METALS MINNESOTA LLC (TMM) is a Minnesota mining company focused on designing, constructing and operating an underground copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group metals mining Project and is committed to doing so in an environmentally responsible way.  The company currently operates in offices in Ely and St. Paul, Minnesota.

The TMM Project will target the valuable minerals within the Maturi deposit approximately nine miles southeast of Ely, and 11 miles northeast of Babbitt. The deposit is part of the Duluth Complex geologic formation, which contains 34% of U.S. copper reserves, up to 99% of U.S. nickel reserves and 88% of U.S. cobalt reserves.

TMM submitted a detailed mine plan of operations in December of 2019, initiating a rigorous and thorough environmental review by multiple state and federal agencies as required by law. This marks the culmination of more than a decade of engineering, environmental and engagement work including the evaluation of dozens of Project configurations and technologies that maximize environmental protection.

To date, more than $450 million has been invested in the TMM Project, and TMM expects to invest a total of approximately $1.7 billion in design, study, environmental review, permitting and construction related to its underground mine project. Once operational, TMM expects to directly employ at least 750 people long-term and create an estimated 1,500 spinoff jobs.

For more than 135 years, Minnesota has been a leader in both mining development and regulation to ensure strong environmental and labor standards. TMM is dedicated to building, operating, and closing a mine that employs industry best practices and meets or exceeds all state and federal environmental standards.

TMM is a subsidiary of Antofagasta plc, one of the top 10 global copper producers. For more information on the project, visit

 Director of Water Resources

Job Summary
Reporting to the Vice President of Project Development, the Water Resources Director will be responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and direction to multiple water programs including surface water flow and transport modeling, groundwater flow and transport modeling, and potential impact evaluations as well as manage the key water related components of engineering studies including the ongoing development of the project water balance model (Goldsim), the design of non-contact, contact, and stormwater management structures, and investigation and testing of any water treatment technologies that might be proposed as part of the project design.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage large, diverse consulting team that is developing the project surface and groundwater models and impact predictions
    • Coordinate and manage multiple consultants;
    • Manage ongoing surface and groundwater baseline characterization, monitoring, and modeling programs;
    • Manage surface water and groundwater quality impact prediction programs;
    • Manage the ongoing development and optimization of the project wide water balance model;
    • Oversee program prioritization and workflow to ensure adherence to program budgets and schedule.
  • Provide a key supporting role in future engineering studies:
    • Responsible for managing the design of the project water management infrastructure
    • Coordinate with project design team regarding pollution prevention and mitigation technologies;
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to company management;
  • Develop and manage operating and capital budgets for water resource programs;
  • Coordinate with all company departments to promote a culture of environmental stewardship and responsibility.

Knowledge and Experience

  • 15 years’ experience in the mining or related industry, including at least 5 years of project mgmt.
  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, civil engineering, environmental engineering or other relevant discipline;
  • Familiar with the complexities and challenges of integrating complex project, surface, and ground water models;

Special Skills

  • Demonstrated team player dedicated to environmentally responsible operations;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multidisciplinary technical projects;


The individual must bring a strong ownership attitude, a positive reputation and profile, and the ability to develop relationships with fellow team members as a trusted and knowledgeable advisor in her/his areas of expertise.

Important attributes for this position include the following:Strategic, collaborative, ethically-centered, and community-minded leader.

  • Display a positive attitude and a creative approach to problem solving and be willing to raise issues and concerns in a constructive manner to the team.
  • Possess strong organizational skills and ability to meet timelines.
  • The individual should be a team player, with an understanding that being a part of a small team requires flexibility and a willingness to take on tasks that may or may not be within the scope of the job description.
  • This position will be based from either Ely or St. Paul, MN Twin Metals offices.


Overall remuneration for this position will be to a very competitive standard for this level of position including base salary, annual bonus for performance, and a comprehensive package of benefits.


To apply e-mail resume and letter of interest to

For additional information or contact David Ulrich.

Twin Metals Minnesota is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce.

To apply e-mail resume and letter of interest to

For additional information or contact David Ulrich.

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