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State of Montana BOGC UIC Program Director- 80040 in Billings, Montana

Department Overview: * The Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) is a quasi-judicial Board responsible for the regulation of oil and gas exploration and development operations on state- and privately-owned lands in Montana. The board’s regulatory actions serve three primary purposes: (1) to prevent waste of oil and gas resources, (2) to conserve oil and gas by encouraging maximum efficient recovery of the resource, and (3) to protect the correlative rights of the mineral owners (e.g., the right of each owner to recover its fair share of the oil and gas underlying its lands). The board also seeks to prevent oil and gas operations from harming nearby land or underground resources. It accomplishes these goals by establishing spacing units, issuing drilling permits, administering bonds (required to guarantee the eventual proper plugging of wells and restoration of the surface), classifying wells, and adopting rules. BOGC also plugs old, abandoned, problem wells and restores the surface location. The board performs the certification required for companies to receive tax incentives available for horizontal wells and enhanced recovery projects. BOGC also has primacy from the EPA to manage the Underground Injection Control Program (UIC). The BOGC holds regularly scheduled business meetings and hearings. The Oil and Gas Conservation Division constitutes the supporting staff for the BOGC. Division employees institute policies and regulations developed by the BOGC including the permitting of oil and gas wells, processing required reports including completion reports, sundry notices for well work and well status changes, and monthly well reports. Employees also play a crucial role in establishing and maintaining communication with land and mineral owners and the regulated industry. The BOGC has offices in Billings, Shelby, Glendive, Plentywood, Roundup, and Sidney. The Billings Office houses the technical and professional staff of the Board and is the principal repository of official documents and records of oil, gas, and Class II injection wells. This position is located in the Billings office andserves as the Board's principle technical advisor for the Class II UIC program. *Job Overview: * TheUndergroundInjection Control (UIC) Program Director is responsible foradministering the Montana Board of Oil and GasConservation'sClass II UIC program and serves as the Board's principle technical advisor for the Class II UIC program and related matters. This position is responsible for the permitting of Class II injection wells, planning, directing, and overseeing inspection, investigation, and enforcement of Class II UIC regulations throughout the State. The position develops policies and procedures, applies appropriate enforcement actions; and provides technical expertise to board and division staff. The position coordinates with field inspection staff to schedule mechanical integrity tests for Class II injection wells and to perform inspections for compliance monitoring. *Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities): _Program Development and Administration:_ *Administers the Board's UIC program in a manner which is consistent with the Board's Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VIII, the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SIMA), current federal policies and regulations applicable to Section 1425 of the SIMA, and any separate working agreements entered in to by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation and USEPA to implement the Class II UIC well program within the state of Montana. * Coordinates oversight activities with USEPA Region VIII. Reviews EPA evaluation findings outlining program strengths and weaknesses, provides relevant comments, and implements recommendations of the evaluation within the timeframe negotiated with EPA. * Prepares and submits required periodic reports to EPA utilizing the board’s data management system. Reports include tabulations of permit reviews and issuance, compliance reviews and determination of significant noncompliance, inspections, and mechanical integrity tests performed and results. The annual report also includes an updated inventory of Class II wells and their status, summary of grant utilization, description of the Board’s implementation of the program, and a summary of enforcement actions taken during the reporting period. * Prepares annual EPA grant application in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. Updates program workplan, quality assurance project plan and overall program budget. Reviews and negotiates program commitments on which the grant is based with EPA. * Oversees and tracks the utilization of the EPA grant associated with implementation of the Board's UIC program. The UIC director is responsible for assuring that grant funds are used in accordance with the work plan and grant application. * Implements the Board's Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). Evaluates data collected by field inspectors and operators for compliance with test methods and sampling procedures detailed in the QAPP. Reviews and updates the QAPP at least annually to incorporate new or revised sampling and analytical procedures. Distributes updates to all persons on the official distribution list. * Prepares and tracks annual operator injection well fee billings. This will require a knowledge of all Class II injection wells which the Board has authority for and coordination with pertinent state staff to determine which operators to bill and tracking of collections. * Participates in BOGC business meetings and public hearings. Presents reports, technical information, and other information as necessary; assists in policy development, rulemaking, and enforcement actions. * Utilizes the Board’s data management system to enter and record Class II injection well permitting, inspections, mechanical integrity tests, monthly monitoring reports, compliance, and other data related to or necessary for the Class II program. Coordinates with other Board staff to assure that data necessary for program performance and EPA required reports is correctly and consistently captured and is responsible for UIC data quality and integrity. *_Program Implementation and Oversight:_ * * Reviews Class II UIC permit applications and issues permits for all new disposal wells, individual enhanced recovery injection wells, and area injection projects to determine technical completeness and compliance with Board rules. Recommends issuance, suspense, revocation, modification, or denial of permits based on the evaulatuaion in a timely and prudent manner using applicable state and federal regulations; available technical guidance; knowledge of geologic conditions, well construction and operation, safety operating practices, and environmental conductions; and professional judgment. * Conducts area of review studies for new permit applications to identify potential pathways for fluid migration within the radius of review. Identifies wells located within the area of review using Board records, evaulates the status of each well and geological information to determine the potential for fluid migration to an underground source of drinking water (USDW). Directs operators to perform corrective actions to mitigate the potential migration pathways. * Using EPA-approved procedures for determining fracture gradients, calculates maximum injection pressure for active wells. Reviews information submitted by well operators in support of changes in operating pressures, including interpretation of step-rate tests submitted in support of pressure modifications. * Reviews well construction and completions for compliance with Board rules and standard well construction practices. Evaluates mechanical integrity tests procedures and evaluates test results, performs interpretations of well logs such as cement bond logs, gamma ray logs, radioactive tracers, to determine mechanical integrity in accordance with Board rules. Reviews and approves proposed operating programs. * Assists in preparation of public notes for Board actions related to the Class II program, responds to public comments, or questions, and attends public hearings and provides technical input or recommendations relative to proposed Board actions. * Prioritizes Class II injection wells for review based on the potential for environmental harm. Conducts evaluation using Board data including well construction, location, inspections, mechanical integrity tests, and compliance history. * Conducts technical review to ensure prevention of fluid migration to USDWs. Reviews well construction, well completion reports, and mechanical integrity demonstration. Performs a geologic and hydrogeologic evaluation for the formations in which the wells are completed and which separate the injection zone from the USDW. * Performs operational reviews for injection wells to confirm reporting and monitoring requirements have been met, well is operated at pressures and within authorized volume limits, and that well has demonstrated both parts of mechanical integrity within the required timeframe. * Manages collection of and reviews monthly monitoring reports to determine compliance with pressure and volume or rate limits as set by permit. * Performs field visits as necessary to develop and maintain knowledge of the regulated industry and its practices, to provide oversight to field inspectors, and in response to matters of field compliance. * Tracks and maintains permit data for Class II injection wells in Montana permitted under other agency authority. _Statewide Field Administration: _ * Coordinates with the Chief Field Inspector to inspect each active Class II well on a scheduled basis for housekeeping, general maintenance, compliance with Board rules and unauthorized activities. Evaluates the results of the inspections and the inspector's comments to identify instances of non-compliance. * Coordinates with the Chief Field Inspector to witness mechanical integrity tests (MITs) for Class II injection wells. The Board's goal is to witness 50% of the tests performed annually and no less than 25% of the tests. Evaluates the results of all witnessed and unwitnessed MITs to determine compliance, and in the case of test failure establishes a schedule for return to compliance in accordance with Board rules. * Coordinates witnessing of injection well abandonments toward a goal of witnessing all Class II injection well abandonments. Reviews subsequent reports of abandonment to determine adequacy of plugging program and compliance with the approved plugging plan. * Coordinates with Chief Field Inspector and Compliance Specialist to determine additional inspection requirements for operators or wells where compliance with Board rules may be in question and to consistently and uniformly address compliance matters that involve operators with both UIC and non-UIC wells. * Assists other Board staff in review of proposed non-UIC well drilling operations to determine proximity to existing permitted injection well or if the proposed well may penetrate zones where future injection may occur. Assists in determining well construction requirements to be considered in drilling permit review to assure protection of underground sources of drinking water. _Compliance and Enforcement:_ * Evaluates all instances of non-compliance for significant non-compliance (SNC). "Significant non-compliance" is defined in memorandum signed by Michael B. Cook, Director, Office of Drinking Water on December 4, 1986 and is included in the MOA. * Takes administrative actions through oral and/or written notices and requests to gain compliance with Board regulations or orders. Keeps Board apprised of pending enforcement activities and the methods used to gain compliance and advises Board when administrative actions have been unsuccessful; recommends case to Board for formal enforcement action and provides technical support to the Board for show cause hearings and/or civil penalty assessments. * Coordinates with other Board staff to develop effective and uniform enforcement actions for compliance issues that include both UIC and non-UIC matters. * Proposes and presents enforcement soluctions during thow-cause actions before the board that are consistent with applicable state rules and statutes. * Resolves issues of non-compliance activities in a timely manner or refers cases which cannot be resolved by the Board to the Attorney General. Provides technical assistance to the Attorney General for cases referred. Coordinates compliance actions with the boards attorney, the Attorney General, County Attorneys, EPA, and other state and federal agencies as required. _Personnel Development: _ * Participates in recruitment and hiring of employees. Facilitates participation in training and coordination attendance by field inspectors and other staff in appropriate training opportunities. * Develops and maintains staff guidelines and policies to assure that state and federal requirements are achieved, and board or division goals are met. * The incumbent may have special projects requiring coordination and partial supervision of various staff members, including field inspectors, the chief field inspector, or administrative staff as authorized by the Administrator. _Other Duties: _ * This position performs a variety of other duties including attending conferences and meetings, directing special projects, and participating in ongoing training and educational programs, and other duties as assigned. Develops and maintains working relationships with relevant professional organizations. Interacts with state and federal regulatory officials and other related professionals to protect the interests of the Board and operators in the State as well as developing a knowledge of UIC program issues nationally nationally and their potential effects on the Board's UIC program. _Supervision_ The number of employees supervised is: 0 Travel: 5% APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.   REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR THIS POSITION ARE: * Resume * Cover Letter * References HELPFUL HINT: You must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application. Failure to attach the required material will result in your application being incomplete. DNRC Benefits: * Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays * Health, Dental, Prescription, and Vision Coverage * Retirement Plans For a questions regarding this posting, please contact Becky at Rebecca.quick@mt.gov. *Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): */List the required education and experience required for the first day of work, including alternative methods of acquiring minimum qualifications./ * The UIC Director must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Geology or Geologicial Engineering, Petroleum Engineering or Environmental Engineering or appropriate job-related experience. * Five (5) or more years of job-related experience in a scientific or environmental field, including at least two years in a position responsible for oil and gas industry compliance with environmental, underground injection, safety and health, or related resource management regulations and laws. *_Knowledge, Skills, Abilities_ This position requires a thorough knowledge of principles and practices of a wide range of physical, environmental, and geosciences science skills. The incumbent must also have a working knowledge of oil and gas exploration and production techniques and practices; facility construction practices and equipment requirements; enhanced recovery, hydrocarbon storage, and brine disposal methods and practices; and safe operating practices. Knowledge of federal and state environmental laws, regulations and policies, and the role of the various agencies with respect to a Class II underground injection control program is required. The incumbent must have skills in reviewing and interpreting complex technical data; in balancing resource values and developing cost-effective corrective actions plans; oral and written communication and preparation of technical reports and studies; and in dealing effectively with people of divergent backgrounds and interests. The incumbent must also have the ability to plan, organize and coordinate projects, investigations, and studies; direct and supervise the work of others; provide technical advice and recommendations; and to interpret and apply laws, rules and regulations as relates to the Board's Class II UIC program and related programs. The incumbents will also have the following KSA's developed through a combination of formal education and work experience: * Knowledgeable of geologic and hydrologic concepts as applicable to underground injection activities, groundwater protection, and groundwater management. * Working knowledge of geophysical well log analysis, well construction, mechanical integrity and pressure transient testing, production operations, and well abandonment methods and procedures. * Experience and familiarity with the federal underground injection control program and rules, guidances, and relevant activities or developments that may impact the Board's Class II UIC program. * A detailed knowledge of the Board's UIC program primacy agreement, including the Program Description, Memorandum of Agreement with EPA, rules and statutes, quality assurance plan, EPA Workplan and federal grant requirements, and other general program issues. Special Information: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months. Eligibility to Work: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card". Title: BOGC UIC Program Director- 80040 Location: Billings Requisition ID: 22142435

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