Position Title: Commissioner

Departmental Supervisor: Northern Arapaho Business Council/ WRITC

Title(s) of Department Supervised: Wind River Energy Commission

Class: Regulatory Administrative/ Part-Time

Salary: Stipend per meetings

Description:

The Wind River Energy Commissioner shall serve a two-year term on the five-member Wind River Energy Commission. The Commission shall be required to oversee and operate the facilities at the Circle Ridge Field and provide oversight of the Wind River Reservation’s oil and gas operations. The Commissioner shall be responsible for environmental compliance of the Reservation’s oil and gas operations, including obtaining necessary environmental permits and contracting with third-party environmental consultants. The Commissioner shall make recommendations to the NABC and the WRITC on potential future oil and gas projects, but the decision on any acquisition or project shall remain the sole discretion of the Councils. The Commissioner shall perform all work with the understanding that the oil and gas assets are jointly owned by the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes and shall act in the best interest of both Tribes and their citizens.

This position requires knowledge of the oil and gas industry and the federal and tribal laws regulating the industry. The Commissioner will be one of five members of the Wind River Energy Commission (“WREC”). The WREC is a joint program that is under the oversight of the Wind River Inter-Tribal Council (“WRITC”) and the Northern Arapaho Business Council (“NABC”). This Commission was created by WRITC Resolution No. 2021-11462 and NABC Resolution 2021-1357.  The Commissioner shall be required to work in collaboration with the Northern Arapaho Department of Natural Resources and have the ability to work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”), the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”).

The Commissioner shall be required to attend weekly WREC meetings, either in person or via zoom. The Commissioner shall also be required to give bi-weekly reports to the NABC and bi-weekly reports to the WRITC. The Commissioner shall be required to give updates and reports to the citizens of the Northern Arapaho at General Council meetings and other meetings/events designated by NABC. All members of the WREC are prohibited from accepting gifts or money in any amount from consultants, contractors, operators or potential consultants, contractors, or operators. Commissioners are to immediately inform the NABC of any such offers of gifts or money. Commissioners owe a duty of loyalty to the Northern Arapaho Tribe and shall not accept gifts or partake in actions or activities that conflict with the Tribe’s best interest

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Commissioner shall perform such services and duties as necessary to ensure the proper regulation and oversight of the Circle Ridge Field, any other field delegated to it by resolution of the WRITC, and all of the jointly owned oil and gas assets within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Review EPA and BLM reports on environmental compliance of oil and gas production on the Reservation
  • Prepare and provide the WRITC and the NABC with audited financial reports on a yearly basis to be prepared by an independent third-party auditor
  • Prepare and provide the WRITC and the NABC with unaudited financial reports on a quarterly basis
  • Report to the WRITC and the NABC on all oil and gas production on the Reservation
  • Oversee the operations of the Circle Ridge Field
  • Maintain records and documentation related to all WREC work and oil and gas operations throughout the reservation and make these records available to the WRITC and NABC upon request
  • Make recommendation to the WRITC and the NABC on potential oil and gas projects and acquisitions 

Qualifications:

  • Prior management and regulatory experience
  • Prior experience in the oil and gas industry, with preference give to those that have both field and in-house experience within oil and gas companies
  • Ability to read, draft, and interpret highly technical materials related to the production and development of oil and gas, mineral interest, production interest, surface ownership, and lease agreements
  • Ability to understand and comply with all federal and tribal laws governing the production of oil and gas within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation
  • At least two (2) years of experience working with (a) a tribe, tribal entity, or organization dedicated to tribal interests or (b) a federal or state government agency with oversight or responsibility for tribal issues preferred
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalency
  • Bachelor’s degree in a subject related to the industry, including but not limited to geology, finance, business, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, or law preferred.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and not have been previously convicted of a felony or any crimes related to dishonesty, theft, embezzlement, felony or misdemeanor drug convictions or acts of moral turpitude.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and insurable under the company’s insurance carrier
  • Applicants may not be the immediate family of current members of the Northern Arapaho Business Council and may not possess a financial interest in oil and gas production and regulation

Additional Qualifications:

  • Ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality.
  • Ability to make unbiased and objective decisions and to recuse yourself when necessary.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to work in a high-performance, fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Ability to read and understand federal and tribal laws and regulations and seek help from legal counsel when necessary.
  • Ability to read and understand environmental reports and the potential liability that the Tribe’s assume from oil and gas fields and production
  • Ability to read and understand the terms of federal oil and gas leases and complex contract operator agreements

Additional information:

  • Salary Range: Stipend based on weekly meeting attendance
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check and drug test.
  • Must provide a proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

Application Information:

Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and references to the Northern Arapaho Department of Human Services at P.O. Box 369, Fort Washakie, Wyoming 82514 or submit in person to the Northern Arapaho Department of Human Resources located at the Tribal Complex Building, 533 Ethete Rd, Ethete, Wyoming. Applications will not be accepted without a cover letter, references, and resume attached. The position will be open for 30 days

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