Senior Advisor, Technical, Operations

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Closing date: Aug 20, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: JUS OROGO

Job Code: 15665

Salary: $109,493 - $130,709

Job: Full-Time

Term: Temporary

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About the Job

Department Information

The Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations (OROGO) is an independent, arm's-length regulatory agency with responsibilities for regulating oil and gas operations in the onshore Northwest Territories (NWT) (excluding the Inuvialuit Settlement Region), including exploration, development, and pipeline transportation, in accordance with OGOA and its associated regulations.  For administrative purposes, OROGO is situated within the Department of Justice.

Job Information

The Senior Advisor, Technical (Operations) (Senior Advisor) ensures and tracks technical compliance for oil and gas operations in the Northwest Territories (NWT).  Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) of the OROGO and located in Yellowknife, the Senior Advisor coordinates the technical review of applications (for example, Operations Authorizations and Well Approvals, project approvals and development plans) and provides technical and engineering analyses of proposed materials, processes and techniques to be used in projects and activities seeking regulatory authorization and approval in the NWT. The Senior Advisor advises the ED and the Regulator on technical standards that can be adopted to enhance regulatory compliance and the achievement of regulatory objectives.

The incumbent of the position may be appointed as Chief Safety Officer (CSO) under the Oil and Gas Operation Act (OGOA), and as such has regulatory authorities directly delegated under the OGOA regulations.  Should the incumbent be appointed as CSO, the incumbent will have primary responsibility to provide technical advice to the ED and the Regulator on appropriate responses and actions to be taken in the event of incidents that may jeopardize public safety, the environment or resource conservation. The CSO reviews emergency response plans and contingency plans for all projects and activities, serves as the principal contact in the GNWT in the event of incidents (for example: well blowouts; spills or leakages of fluids from well, pipelines, vessels or facilities; or physical injuries and health risks to workers and the public), and liaises with the operator and emergency responders.

The Senior Advisor supervises the Technical Specialist.

These responsibilities are exercised in consultation with the ED and other OROGO staff and within the context of the legislative and policy framework established by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).

OROGO's mandate is to regulate oil and gas operations within its jurisdiction for the primary purposes of ensuring safety, environmental protection and conservation of oil and gas resources.

OROGO is a part of the broader integrated resource management framework in the Mackenzie Valley, working together with other regulators and other government departments and agencies to fulfill its mandate.

OROGO supports the Regulator in fulfilling his/her duties under the OGOA and performs duties on behalf of the Regulator, including:

• Issuing operations authorizations and approvals for specific activities such as drilling, production and seismic testing;
• Inspecting oil and gas facilities;
• Responding to incidents and accidents at oil and gas facilities; and
• Making Significant Discovery Declarations and Commercial Discovery Declarations.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Degree in geology, engineering or natural resource management and 10 years of progressively more responsible management experience with oil and gas industry and or government.
Eligibility for registration as a professional engineer or geologist is an asset.

The following certifications are required and can be obtained on-the-job:
•          H2S Alive Certification;
•          First Aid Certification; and
•          Additional certifications as required to carry out duties on oil and gas sites.


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Term Position

This job opening is for a 2 Year Term.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $56.15 per hour to $67.03 per hour (approximately $109,492.50 - $130,708.50) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.00.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15665

Closing Date: August 20, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445