AMENDED Senior Oil & Gas Specialist

Job Summary

Location: Inuvik
Department: Industry, Tourism and Investment
Job ID: 18063
Salary: $99,353 - $118,658
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Feb 21, 2020

Department Information

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) works through wide-ranging partnerships and initiatives to deliver quality programs and services that promote and support economic development, diversification and prosperity in the interest of Northwest Territories residents  – their businesses and communities.

Job Information

Energy is a key requirement for any developed and well-functioning economy, and oil and gas are among the most commonly used energy sources in the world. The NWT has significant petroleum reserves and large areas still to be explored. Production to date has been limited to the Fort Liard, Cameron Hills and to the Norman Wells are for oil. The NWT is one of the few remaining areas of the globe with stranded oil and gas reserves. Oil and gas development in the NWT is challenged by its frontier geography which requires overcoming major logistical hurdles as well as working in a sensitive and fragile northern environment. The NWT's known and potential oil and gas resources offer enormous opportunities for NWT business development and employment as well as the potential to significantly benefit the citizens of the NWT and aboriginal Organizations through potential petroleum royalties. The Senior Specialist plays a critical role in identifying, addressing and analyzing the major challenges that must be overcome in realizing these potential economic benefits.
Reporting to the Manager, Oil & Gas Planning, the Senior Specialist supports the development and implementation of the GNWT's strategies to facilitate development of its oil and gas resources and the successful implementation of the Devolution transfer. As the most experienced member of a team of analytic and technical professionals.
The Senior Specialist manages projects and policy issues, as delegated by the Manager, providing specialized analysis, advice, advocacy and project coordination. In addition, the senior Specialist is expected to identify potential projects and policy initiatives and to directly engage in effectively building and maintaining collaborative relationships and partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders within the NWT, and with professional networks of oil and gas market and policy specialists outside of NWT.
The Senior Specialist must manage a myriad of diverse projects, each at various stages of development, approval, review or evaluation. This will require considerable project management expertise, as well as the ability to create and work with multi-disciplinary teams to collaboratively address the full scope of complex projects and issues. The policy framework and the oil and gas resources must be developed in the context of the evolving economic, public, corporate and Aboriginal interests of the NWT's rapidly growing frontier economy. The frequent lack of precedents to guide policies and proposed development will require the Specialist to be innovative and adaptive. The potential economic benefits will make sound analysis and solid market intelligence essential.
In conducting analysis and providing policy advice, the Senior Specialist will consult with other governments, other departments, Aboriginal governments and organization, boards and agencies, non-government stakeholders and the divisions and regions within the department. The Specialist's political astuteness and negotiating abilities enable positive outcomes.

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities inlcude:
Specialized knowledge of legislation, regulations, policies and institutions relevant to oil and gas activities in teh NWT.
Technical knowledge of the fundamentals of oil and gas exploration, production, processing and transportation activities
Knowledge of the environmental review process applicable to oil and gas activities in the NWT, cumulative environmental effects assessment, protected areas strategy land use planning processes and initiatives and sustainable development concepts.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
A University degree in Business, Management, Economics or related field plus 4 years progressively responsible related experience is required.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 1869
Ph. (867) 678-6600
Fax (867) 678-6620

More Information


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $50.95 per hour (approximately $99,352.50 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.


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 #18063         
Closing Date: February 21, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time