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ConocoPhillips Production Specialist - Niobrara in WATKINS, Colorado

Title: Production Specialist - Niobrara


Job Number: 00SNH

Our Company

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 17 countries, $71 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,800 employees as of March 31, 2019. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,318 MBOED for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and proved reserves were 5.3 BBOE as of Dec. 31, 2018.

Employees across the globe focus on fulfilling our core SPIRIT Values of safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. And we apply the characteristics that define leadership excellence in how we engage each other, collaborate with our teams, and drive the business.

Niobrara Overview

The Niobrara shale formation is an established oil-producing reservoir in the southern Denver-Julesberg Basin. At year-end 2018, the company held approximately 98,000 net acres in the Niobrara play, where development activities continue with a concentrated effort on unconventional tight oil. The company continues to pursue operational efficiency and optimization of development activity through the deployment of multi-well drilling pads, facility design enhancements, improved completions and innovative technology. In 2018, net production averaged 8 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day.


The Production Specialist is responsible for production optimization, shooting fluid levels, troubleshooting well and facility issues, hot-oiling operations, assisting multi-skill operators (MSOs) where needed, and artificial lift optimization (compressors and pumping units) as well as being a safety leader.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Being a safety leader

  • Mentoring and working with a team of multi-skill operators and contract operators that operate oil and gas wells, gas compression, measurement and all surface facilities in a safe and efficient environmentally sound manner

  • Liaison with various work groups (i.e. Engineering, Systems, Projects, and Maintenance) to accomplish priorities in the assigned area

  • Conducting and participating in pre-start up reviews

  • Auditing work done by contractors and employees in area

  • Assisting with the development of operations procedures

  • Assisting with training of new MSO’s on well and facilities operations

  • Coordinating with Engineering and Operations to achieve established objectives and to minimize interruptions to operations

  • Training and/or auditing contract personnel on policies and procedures

  • Downtime reporting and reporting of production volumes

  • Utilize Cygnet for production surveillance and optimization

  • Training and assisting field operator in Cygnet, Avocet, reporting systems, pump-off controllers, Wellview, Wellsite, and LPRS

  • Daily focus on well review and optimization

  • Track and finalize wells on morning report

  • Able to be "on-call" for weekend rotation



  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

  • Valid driver's license

  • 3 years of direct experience in upstream field operations

  • Advanced level of proficiency of oil and gas operations, gas compression, measurement and surface facility operations and maintenance


  • Associate's degree/trade certification or higher in a Production Technology, Process Technology or related technical field or foreign equivalent

  • Proficient (ability to perform skill with little assistance) with Word, Excel, SAP, Wellview, Avocet and PowerPoint

  • Ability to prepare accurate and legible reports

  • Ability to read and understand production and financial reports

  • Ability to react to visual and aural signals, alarms, and instructions

  • Understanding well control theories and techniques

  • Inspires new ways of looking at problems, processes or solutions

  • Constantly searches for and implements new ways of doing business better

  • Builds positive relationships across organizations that develop a strong work environment

  • Transmits information so it is received and understood in the way it was intended

  • Responds inventively, flexibly and positively when faced with challenges and demands

  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on dedications

  • Generates effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions

  • Actively communicates and takes time to safely perform work to protect our people and environment

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 17, 2019.

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee or asylee. 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: Operations

Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level


Title: Production Specialist - Niobrara