at Ho-Chunk
Location Lakewood, United States
Date Posted September 3, 2019
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


The Petroleum Geophysicist will be responsible for the processing of seismic data.

Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Interpret seismic data to identify reflectors representing rocks that are capable of producing oil or gas, and produce maps of prospective areas.
Perform interpretations of seismic data, including resource-specific, structural and/or various isopach maps, cross-sections, and production maps.
Provide interpretation data and reports to Tribes to assist in their planning of lease sales and in negotiations with industry, as well as assisting in the development of their petroleum resources.
Construct geologic structure and stratigraphic maps for petroleum and mineral exploration.
Construct maps of field and reservoir data, such as production information by formation
Interprets geologic and mineral resource data using computer software and prepares oil, gas or mineral resource reports.
Perform assessment studies and construct reports of oil and natural gas existing on Indian lands
Convert results from laboratory analysis of rock samples obtained in field work into a digital database suitable for interpretation and mapping by DEMD geologic staff.
Model seismic data to simulate geologic conditions which trap oil and gas. For structural traps, model the seismic response to different types of structural geometries and faulting that trap oil and gas and for stratigraphic traps, model the seismic response to simulate rock property changes, such as changes in lithology and porosity that trap oil and gas.
Conduct integrated seismic evaluation and interpretation studies on existing oil and gas fields on Indian lands, identifying and delineating further development opportunities; identify areas where the acquisition of additional seismic or the re- processing of seismic would help to reduce uncertainties in field development.
Generate geophysical displays and other display materials— DVDs, CDs, posters, videos, etc.—for industry trade shows.
Responsible for formulating and recommending plans for development of oil, gas, coal and other mineral deposits.
Plans, organizes, and develops marketing and promotional programs to inform industry of the mineral potential on Indian lands. Marketing in this context includes forums, symposiums; technical discussions associated with major petroleum or minerals professional meetings.
Develops and prepares poster sessions and invites Tribes to participate in the poster sessions.
Assist tribes to participate in DEMD’s energy and mineral grant program to provide technical assistance and advice to Tribes.
Supports DEMD’s energy and mineral resource database by including results of energy and mineral assessment studies. Makes trips to the field to collect data such as rock samples, analyzing the outcrop and correlation to geologic maps.
Assess and determine the need for purchasing commercially available seismic and well log data for use in mapping. Initiates the formal requisition process and writes justifications that follow federal procurement guidelines to procure the data.

1. Analytical Skills.
2. Complex Problem Solving.
3. Critical Thinking.
4. Communication.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands
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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Travel is required during the business day, out-of-area and overnight travel to be expected.


Basic knowledge of petroleum geology and oil and gas deposits.
Understanding of resource and reserve estimation methods for oil and natural gas deposits.
Ability to integrate geologic and geophysical data in areas of undrilled or undeveloped locations, to produce high-quality oil and gas prospects or plays.
Ability to evaluate oil and gas fields for the purpose of field management and development, by performing geology and reservoir modeling, for oil and gas fields located in Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent basins).
Ability to evaluate oil and gas proposals and agreements for merit, technical feasibility, and relevance to program goals to the royalty owner.
Ability to apply effective negotiation techniques, e.g., win-win negotiations, interest-based bargaining, or alternative dispute resolution to settle controversial issues or arrive at compromise solutions with persons who have different viewpoints, goals, or objectives.
Ability to prepare documents or correspondence involving technical information presenting issues, findings of fact, and recommendations, adapting writing to the audience's level of knowledge, including publication of articles in professional, industry, or government journals.
Knowledge of conventional and horizontal drilling methods; knowledge of conventional and hydraulic fracturing completion methods
Familiar with well log analysis programs
At least 5 years of experience in using interpretation software (such as GeoGraphix, Petra, Kingdom or similar commercial software), to maintain a geologic database (tops, net pay counts, etc.), and to generate base and contour maps from well and seismic data.
Has over 5 years of experience in extensively applying facies modeling, sequence stratigraphy, basin analysis, and petrophysical analysis for the purpose of defining the character and distribution of petroleum producing lithologies.
Has extensive experience for over 5 years in the ranking of prospective areas and formulate an exploration strategy based on basin analysis, risk assessment, ultimate potential, and economic analysis.
Has extensive skills for over 5 years for assimilating complex inter-disciplinary data (geological, geophysical, basin wide framework, structural setting, stratigraphy, thermal maturity), especially from sparse data sets located in Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent petroleum provinces, to generate high-quality (conventional and unconventional) oil and gas leads and prospects.

B.S. degree in petroleum geology.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Maintain a valid Driver’s License and be insurable under the company insurance provider/program.
Security Clearance
Public Trust clearance required for this position

AAP/EEO Statement
Ho-Chunk, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to persons of Indian descent in accordance with applicable laws.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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