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Department of Lands

300 N. 6th Street, P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho


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(208) 334-0205


Non-Classified Opening

Division Administrator, Division of Oil and Gas

Non-Classified Classification

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: March 29, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Announcement # NONCLS007341
Salary Range: $48.07 - $57.69/hr ($100,000 - $120,000 annually) -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

The Department of Lands has an opening for a Division Administrator, Division of Oil and Gas, in the Director's Office in Boise.

Become part of an organization where you will work with dedicated people who are committed and skilled in managing and protecting Idaho’s natural resources.  The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) believes in its employees and values stewardship, service, accountability and cohesiveness.  Our goals emphasize our people and processes, financial stewardship and customer focus.  We strive for a culture in which leadership equips, entrusts and expects employees to make decisions in fulfillment of our mission. 

The IDL is the administrative arm of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (IOGCC) with the Director serving as the Commission Secretary.  The IOGCC regulates the exploration, drilling and production of oil and gas resources to ensure the conservation of oil and gas and the protection of correlative rights, surface water and groundwater.  The three goals of the Commission are 1) Develop Effective Regulations, 2) Establish Organization-Wide Expertise, and 3) Build Partnerships. View the IOGCC’s Strategic Plan here.

This position will establish the legacy of oil and gas within the State of Idaho.  They will be on the forefront of collaborating with operators, landowners, legislators and concerned members of the public to ensure responsible and orderly development.  Their work with the IOGCC will shape the regulatory framework of oil and gas advancement in Idaho and uniquely position them to pursue research opportunities, connect with peers from other states and forge new regulations.

This position provides broad oversight and management of the Oil and Gas Division within the State under the provisions of the Rules Governing Conservation of Oil and Natural Gas in the State of Idaho (IDAPA 20.07.02) and Idaho Statute- Title 47 Chapter 3.  This position supports the IOGCC in the State of Idaho by performing a broad spectrum of duties.  The Commission is the principle regulatory and information gathering agency for oil and gas industry operations in Idaho.  This position reports to the Director of IDL and provides statewide policy direction and procedures for the regulation of oil and gas development.  This position is a member of the executive leadership team and represents the department on oil and gas regulatory issues in the Director’s absence through regular contacts within the public and other administrative and executive agencies.


  • Serves as Hearing Officer for all drilling and spacing units, integration and unitization.
  • Manages public hearings outside of routinely scheduled IOGCC hearings. 
  • Ensures timely completion of written Orders the Commission has approved. 
  • Assists in review, drafting and consideration of rulemaking.
  • Sets division priorities and goals.
  • Provides for adequate resources and staffing levels in the division.
  • Develops division budgets, controls expenditures and projects income.
  • Coordinates work assignments and ensures effective communication among division staff and operations.
  • Investigates, troubleshoots and resolves or recommends solutions to complex or unusual inquiries, problems and issues.
  • Recommends, interprets and applies regulations and policies; ensures consistency and compliance with governing laws and regulations.
  • Directs preparation of information and testimony provided to legislative committees.
  • Analyzes impact of legislation on division programs.
  • Prepares issue analyses and/or audit responses.
  • Directs divisional strategic planning and evaluation efforts.
  • Ensures conformance to department planning activities, guidelines and requirements.
  • Monitors progress relative to plan implementation and recommends actions necessary to ensure achievement of strategic goals.
  • Plans and coordinates a variety of special administrative projects and assignments.
  • Approves permits to conduct exploration and development of oil and gas resources; exercises emergency power to shut or cease operations of oil and gas operations; reviews and approves newsletters and information for technical journals.


  • Creates a team environment by providing strategic leadership, direction and motivation for employees to accomplish the numerous program goals and targets of the division.
  • Sets expectations for performance standards, provides coaching and feedback, identifies necessary training and evaluates performance to ensure productivity, quality of work and customer service.
  • Recognizes and resolves both internal and external personnel issues, and mediates and implements appropriate corrective action as needed.
  • Participates in recruiting, interviewing and making hiring recommendations.


  • Plans, organizes, staffs, directs and controls division programs.
  • Sets objectives and determines priorities in the division.
  • Establishes policies and procedures.
  • Oversees preparation of division budget.
  • Directs various projects through division staff.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of programs to insure objectives are met.
  • Provides technical assistance to staff in program development. 
  • Directs preparation of reports on program progress.
  • Reviews and prepares legislation. 
  • Hires and trains staff, assigns work and evaluates performance.
  • Ensures compliance with statewide reporting requirements for the division and agency.
  • Coordinates assigned activities with other department operations.
  • Represents the department on state and national committees, task forces and associations.

Public Relations:

  • Makes presentations to the IOGCC.
  • Provides liaison between staff and other state and federal agencies.
  • Advocates for OGCC legislation to the state legislature and federal grant agencies.
  • Represents the department on various federal and state boards and commissions.
  • Provides information and promotes division services to the media, various officials, special interest groups and the public.
  • Responds to complaints concerning division services and activities.
  • Conducts and manages oil and gas public hearings.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Graduation from a full four (4) year college with a bachelor’s degree in geology or petroleum engineering and five (5) years of technical experience in the oil and gas management field; or, ten (10) years of successful and progressive technical experience of oil and gas conservation management activities of such a nature as to enable the applicant to perform his duties successfully at the professional level.
  • Considerable knowledge of: the petroleum industry practices and operations; state and federal laws and regulations governing oil and gas development; private sector business practices; general management principles; financial analysis methods; project management; federal, state and local government operation.
  • An established track record of demonstrated leadership, vision and innovation for delivering results, building accountability for staff and creating a positive work environment.
  • Proven experience with management practices, organizational development and performance management.

Special Requirement:

  • Travel up to 30%.
  • Valid Driver’s License.

How to Apply:

Application must be received by May 14, 2017 at 5pm PST.

Please send your resume and cover letter to the address below.  Email is acceptable. 

Idaho Department of Lands

Attn: Andrea Ryan, Human Resource Officer

3284 W. Industrial Loop

Coeur d'Alene, ID  83815

Office:  (208) 666-8602

Email:  Aryan@idl.idaho.gov 

Please contact Andrea Ryan at (208) 666-8602 for further information.   

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Department of Lands!

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.