The Division assists Tribes with the environmentally responsible exploration, development and management of their energy and mineral resources to create sustainable economies for reservations, generate new jobs and economic self-sufficiency. DEMD provides the best technical and economic advice and services to assist Indian mineral owners in achieving these goals through the environmentally sound development of their energy and mineral resources. Indian reservations – largely unexplored lands – hold vast, natural resources, and DEMD staff members are uniquely poised to offer services no other agency can provide.
DEMD-Lakewood, CO is currently staffed by approximately twenty (20) federal employees, including the Division Chief, Deputy Division Chief and Branch Chiefs, and twenty-four contractors (24), with a mixture of federal employees and contractors participating on various functional teams. The position described falls under the Branch of Fluid Minerals.
The Petroleum Geologist will:
• Perform geologic interpretation and mapping, including resource-specific, structural and/or various isopach maps, cross-sections, and production maps.
• Construct geologic structure and stratigraphic maps for petroleum and mineral exploration.
• Construct maps of field and reservoir data, such as production information by formation
• Interprets geologic and mineral resource data using computer software and prepares oil, gas or mineral resource reports.
• Perform collection of rock samples from cuttings or cores; create descriptions of rock samples, results of laboratory analysis
• Perform assessment reports of oil and natural gas existing on Indian lands
• Convert results from field work (measurements of stratigraphic sections and outcrop descriptions which were entered digitally into data loggers and GPS units) into map form.
• Convert results from laboratory analysis of rock samples obtained in field work into a digital database suitable for interpretation and mapping by DEMD geologic staff.
• Convert data collected in the field into an integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) format for mapping.
• Research literature of published geologic reference materials for conversion into digital format.
• Generate geologic displays and other display materials— DVDs, CDs, posters, videos, etc.—for industry trade shows.
• Generate digital presentations for meetings with Indian tribes, BIA agency staff or industry; e.g., PowerPoint.
• Responsible for formulating and recommending plans for development of oil, gas, coal and other mineral deposits.
• Plans, organizes, and develops marketing and promotional programs to inform industry of the mineral potential on Indian lands. Marketing in this context includes forums, symposiums; technical discussions associated with major petroleum or minerals professional meetings.
• Develops and prepares poster sessions and invites Tribes to participate in the poster sessions. Participates in DEMD’s energy and mineral grant program to provide technical assistance and advice to Tribes.
• Supports DEMD’s energy and mineral resource database by including results of energy and mineral assessment studies. Makes trips to the field to collect data such as rock samples, analyzing the outcrop and correlation to geologic maps.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: B.S. degree in petroleum geology with over 5 years of experience in using interpretation software (such as GeoGraphix, Petra, Kingdom or similar commercial software), to maintain a geologic database (tops, net pay counts, etc.), and to generate base and contour maps from well and seismic data.
• Has over 5 years of experience in extensively applying facies modeling, sequence stratigraphy, basin analysis, and petrophysical analysis for the purpose of defining the character and distribution of petroleum producing lithologies.
• Has extensive experience for over 5 years in the ranking of prospective areas and formulate an exploration strategy based on basin analysis, risk assessment, ultimate potential, and economic analysis.
• Has extensive skills for over 5 years for assimilating complex inter-disciplinary data (geological, geophysical, basin wide framework, structural setting, stratigraphy ,thermal maturity), especially from sparse data sets located in Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent petroleum provinces, to generate high-quality (conventional and unconventional) oil and gas leads and prospects.
• B.S. degree in petroleum engineering or related degree.
• At least 5 years’ experience with engineering activities concerning the drilling, completion, log interpretation and reservoir evaluations.
• Basic knowledge of petroleum geology and oil and gas deposits.
• Understanding of resource and reserve estimation methods for oil and natural gas deposits.
• Ability to integrate geologic and geophysical data in areas of undrilled or undeveloped locations, to produce high-quality oil and gas prospects or plays.
• Ability to evaluate oil and gas fields for the purpose of field management and development, by performing geology and reservoir modeling, for oil and gas fields located in Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent basins).
• Ability to evaluate oil and gas proposals and agreements for merit, technical feasibility, and relevance to program goals to the royalty owner.
• Ability to apply effective negotiation techniques, e.g., win-win negotiations, interest-based bargaining, or alternative dispute resolution to settle controversial issues or arrive at compromise solutions with persons who have different viewpoints, goals, or objectives.
• Ability to prepare documents or correspondence involving technical information presenting issues, findings of fact, and recommendations, adapting writing to the audience's level of knowledge, including publication of articles in professional, industry, or government journals.
• Knowledge of conventional and horizontal drilling methods.
• Knowledge of conventional and hydraulic fracturing completion methods
• Familiar with well log analysis programs
Other Requirements: Up to 20% travel may be required
Desired skills: Experience with and knowledge of the dynamics of working with American Indian Tribes and on their reservations is a plus. Experience with Kingdom and/or GIS mapping software a plus