The primary role of this position is to manage permitting processes and obtain federal, state and Relevant Local Government, and other governmental permits. This role is responsible for tracking, preparing testimony for public forums, advisor of permitting risk, and compliance. Requires extensive experience in surface use planning and permitting well pads, pipelines, access road, and ancillary facilities; in addition to securing permitting variances.  The Senior Permitting and Environmental Planner also works with drilling, completions, and production personnel to ensure that permits are obtained in a timely manner, maintains all records, and stays up to date on new and emerging regulations.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Comprehensive understanding of federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and requirements
  • Review survey plans for accuracy, permit compliance and consistency for ECMC, BLM, or Relevant Local Government permitting. Expedite revision correction request.
  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of numerous plans, figures, and exhibits associated and in accordance with OGDPs and Federal APDs, including Stormwater Plan, Emergency Response Plan, Interim Reclamation Plans, Noise and Light Mitigation Plans, Hydrology assessment, Wildlife Plans, Water Plans, 13-Point Plan, Proposed Action, Development Plans and maps, etc.
  • Accurately and timely files Federal, Relevant Local Government, and ECMC permits and track approvals for the following permits:
  • STATE – ECMC Forms: 2 (Permit to Drill), 2A (Oil and Gas Location Assessment), 2B (Cumulative Impacts Assessment), 2C (Oil and Gas Development Plan), 4(Sundry Notice), Form 28 (E&P WMF), 31 (Injection Permit Application), 33 (Injection Well Permit Application)
  • BLM – BLM APDs (digital Form 3160-3), BLM Notice of Intent and Subsequent Report Sundries (digital Form 3160-5)
    • Mesa County: Well pads (Oil and Gas Location Application), Temporary Employee Housing (Commercial Site Application), Oil and Gas Support Facilities (Land Use Change Permits)
    • Garfield County: Land Use Change Permits uses an array of uses including temporary Employee Housing, oil and gas locations triggered by ALA.
  • Maintains working knowledge of new developments in the industry and government regulations.
  • Tracks Company Staff hours and costs spent on OGDPs and Federal APDs
  • Develop and maintain a list of external regulatory reporting requirements as well as a comprehensive calendar for COAs.
  • Interacts with Land Department and legal counsel for preparation of ECMC hearing documents for OGDPs and variance requests.
  • Prepares CPW waiver requests and communicates to ensure successful waiver support.
  • Testifies during and prepares presentations for ECMC OGDP Commission hearings.
  • Assist with preparation and obtaining Informed Consent from Residential Building Owners and Tenants. Build and maintain relationships with landowners, residential building owners, and community members.
  • Conduct, present, and organize Community Outreach meetings.
  • Assists with the preparation and release of reports, studies, and other publications that require interpretation of laws or regulations.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with federal, state, and local regulators regarding regulatory compliance and permitting.
  • Interacts directly with government regulatory agencies (ECMC, BLM, CDPHE, CPW, Local Relevant Government) staff during preparation and submittal of permit applications.
  • Work closely with engineering and operations teams to ensure accurate planning of locations delivery of development plans.
  • Assesses and identify risk associated with regulatory changes that affect the planning, preparation, and submittal of permit applications.
  • Schedule and conduct onsite pre-application visits with numerous regulatory agencies and stakeholders.
  • Complies with Federal NEPA actions and permits.
  • Prepares ECMC variance requests, hearing applications, and hearing presentations.
  • Assists Regulatory and Environmental Manager in ECMC hearings preparation and oral presentations during ECMC Commission hearings.
  • Advise and direct the company on best management practices.
  • Work with internal and external environmental professionals for planning and mitigation.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Job Knowledge – Extensive knowledge and expertise in filing required state and federal forms, understanding of regulatory language and ability to translate regulatory language into operational plans, processes, procedures, and reporting, well-informed of current permitting rule changes; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics; demonstrates critical thinking and ability to derive solutions independently or through collaborative efforts.
  • Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  • Cooperation – Establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact and consideration; offers assistance and support to co-workers; works cooperatively in group situations; works actively to resolve conflicts.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and manages work activities and multiple priorities at once; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans; Ability to react quickly to changing priorities and project timelines; solid organizational, planning, and analytical skills, ethical orientation, and attention to detail
  • Public Relations – Ability to be a positive representative of the Company both internally and externally; build relationships with community and residential building owners, attend, and represent the Company at conferences and public events.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word Processing software and Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software.


  • At least 10 years of oil and gas experience with at least 5 years regulatory experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from managers, vendors, interest owners and regulatory agencies. Ability to effectively present information to management.


  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • None required.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to twenty-five pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Salary Range:  $103,500 – $131,890