Idaho Department of Lands - Geotechnical Field Inspector
Under the direction of the Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners, IDL manages more than 2.4 million acres of state endowment trust land under a constitutional mandate to produce maximum long-term financial returns for public schools and several other State of Idaho institutions. We also protect public resources such as water quality, fish, wildlife habitat, and recreation on public trust lands, and ensure the protection of water quality and other resources by overseeing forestry and mining practices across all ownerships in the state. One of our most important resource protection responsibilities is fire prevention and suppression. IDL also is the administrative arm of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Responsibilities: •Collect and organize scientific and land management data with specific relation to Oil and Gas operations •Provide regular inspections of Oil and Gas field operations including those involving well construction, drilling, production, plug and abandonment and processing •Provide regular inspection of gathering and processing facilities •Develop and supervise the processes for entry of Oil and Gas inspection information and historical well data in RBDMS. •Work with Program Manager and Information Analyst to develop electronic forms for capturing and entering inspection data to RBDMS •Witness and sign off on well construction operations and procedures as defined in rules and statutes. Familiarity with Best Management Practices (BMP’s) as defined by Idaho rules and statutes •Attend and participate in national meetings and conferences pertaining to RBDMS and other oil and gas database software as needed •Respond to complaints from the general public, oil and gas industry, and other governmental agencies regarding noise, odors, and spills associated with well construction and production operations •Research, locate, inspect and report on the condition of historical oil and gas wells in the state of Idaho •Ensures that companies comply with agency rules, agency orders and permit stipulations through field investigations. •Writes non-compliance letters, prepares reports and hearing exhibits, and provides testimony at hearings •Interacts with other state and federal agency officials as well as law enforcement personnel •Helps develop and review new regulations •Analyzes examines and evaluates documents to determine compliance with adopted codes •Witnesses tests and operations •Examines, analyzes, and evaluates building construction plans to be utilized by the public, noting safety factors, and making conclusions and recommendations
Minimum Requirements: •Good knowledge of best management practices for land management activities. •Experience researching, analyzing and monitoring land management issues in relation to existing federal, state and local laws, rules and practices and making recommendations. •Experience serving as a technical resource within an organization on complex programmatic or technical issues, including preparing technical reports; providing guidance to co-workers, the public, and other interested parties; and providing recommendations to upper management. •Good knowledge of Oil and Gas operations, site construction, field infrastructure, Oil and Gas processing and gathering facilities and field •Experience in collecting and organizing scientific and land management data with specific relation to road planning, design, construction, and maintenance in geologically unstable areas •Experience developing and maintaining databases, utilize standard analysis techniques, utilize a Geographic Information System (GIS) when appropriate, design and conduct monitoring projects to evaluate and predict impacts of management activities and establish technical land management guides for state or private natural resource operations
Special Requirement: •Travel up to 30% of the time throughout the state with occasional overnight stays required
Desirable Qualifications: •Experience working with interagency or local working communities. •Interacting and communicating with the public, interested parties, government staff and elected officials regarding business, land, and resource management issues. •Using database management systems for data collection, tracking and reporting in support of land management oil and gas regulatory activities. •Using database management software such as, but not limited to Microsoft Excel, Access or SQL server to collect, compile or analyze data •Analyzing database outputs, identifying program issues and making recommendation•Preparing written reports addressing work-related issues •Entering and retrieving data using a computerized records system•Using a personal computer for generating reports. •Working with different groups, individuals, and interest to develop understanding, acceptance, and support for a program •Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of geology •Bachelor’s degree or higher in geology or related field
The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regulates the exploration, drilling, and production of oil and gas resources to ensure the conservation of oil and gas and the protection of correlative rights and surface and groundwater.
The Oil and Gas Division within the Idaho Department of Lands serves as the administrative arm of the Commission.