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ConocoPhillips Alaska - Counsel - Environmental in ANCHORAGE, Alaska

Title: Alaska - Counsel - Environmental


Job Number: 00TJZ

Who We Are

We are one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With operations in 17 countries, we explore for, develop and produce crude oil and natural gas globally. We are challenged with an important job to safely find and deliver energy to the world. Our employees are critical to our success, and with them we power civilization.

We’re grounded by our SPIRIT Values – safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. These values position us to deliver strong performance in a dynamic business – but not at all costs. We believe it’s not just what we do – it’s how we do it – that sets us apart.

We strive to make a significant difference in the communities where we live and operate. We create an inclusive environment that values all voices and opinions. Together, the different backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives of our employees drive our success.

Alaska Overview

ConocoPhillips is Alaska’s largest crude oil producer and largest owner of exploration leases, with approximately 1.3 million net undeveloped acres at year-end 2019. The company produced an average of 218 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2019. ConocoPhillips holds major ownership interests in the Prudhoe Bay Unit, the Kuparuk River Unit, and the Colville River Unit (Alpine). The company operates the Kuparuk and Alpine oil fields, has an ownership interest in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and owns/operates the Polar Tankers fleet.


If you are selected as the Counsel – Environmental, you will report to the Managing Counsel, Alaska BU, and will provide legal support and assistance for Alaska environmental, permitting and safety matters.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Work with environmental/permitting/safety managers to ensure compliance in the Alaska BU

  • Act as liaison with government agencies and attorneys with regard to environmental/permitting/safety matters in Alaska

  • Research and interpret relevant laws, rulings and regulations

  • Provide legal advice and, when necessary, manage outside legal services, on various claims/litigation, administrative law, commercial, regulatory and strategic planning issues that may affect the Alaska BU and the Company, especially in relation to environmental permitting and compliance work and enforcement action

  • Negotiate with environmental/permitting/safety regulators

  • Support corporate sustainability programs and initiatives

  • Participate in transactional due diligence

  • Negotiate agreements, including but not limited to permits, consent decrees, and other similar agreements

  • Collaborate with other Company counsel on broader environmental/permitting/safety matters involving other BUs

  • Collaborate with senior management and various operations personnel including participation in project and asset teams

  • Support Company participation via the External & Governmental Affairs Group in industry advocacy groups on environmental/safety matters

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States as a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee or asylee

  • Juris doctorate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or foreign equivalent

  • Licensed by state law to practice in Alaska, or a state that grants reciprocity with Alaska

  • 5 years of legal experience in the regulatory environmental, health and safety area


  • 7 years of direct experience in oil and gas environmental/permitting/safety law (upstream and midstream)

  • Experience with Alaska state law or federal law specific to Alaska on environmental/permitting/safety issues relevant to the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry

  • Experience in practice before EPA, DOI, USF&WS, ADEC, AOGCC, AK DNR or other similar regulatory agencies

  • Work under minimal supervision

  • Strong initiative along with excellent communication and analytical skills

  • Ability to handle multiple projects and work effectively in a team environment

  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on dedications by holding others accountable and standing up for what's right

  • Builds effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions that are safe and ethical

  • Listens actively and invites new ideas for exchanged opinions, then influences and acts to drive positive performance and achieve results

  • Builds positive relationships based on trust and seeks collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve goal

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of July 12, 2020.

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

Job Function: Legal

Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level

Line of Business: ALASKA

Title: Alaska - Counsel - Environmental

Veteran Spotlight

Becky Peavler


“One of the things I liked most about the Army was the camaraderie and ‘unit first’ aspect of Solider life. When I left the military, I had the opportunity to be a consultant and work with a variety of clients in the oil and gas industry. What drew me to ConocoPhillips was the culture of how they treated people. Even as a consult I knew the support I was providing was valued and I felt like part of the team. As an employee, I have traveled to most of our global office locations and experienced the same positive teamwork culture everywhere I have visited. Now as a leader in the company, I am empowered to reinforce our People and Teamwork pillars of our SPIRIT values.”

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“ConocoPhillips is a great place to work for Veterans and current Reservists. I have always been impressed with how the company lives up to it’s SPIRIT values which are well aligned with core Military Service values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. The skills and experiences I gained in the U.S. Navy has opened up many new and challenging leadership opportunities with the company and helped to advance my career at ConocoPhillips. The company has supported my involvement with establishment of the first Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post in Australia through the Employee Volunteer Grant Program and direct sponsorship of VFW events. I firmly believe that ConocoPhillips values the experience and service of military veterans and rewards hard work and commitment with outstanding career development opportunities. I highly recommend ConocoPhillips as an employer of choice for any veteran.”

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