State of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA

Full-time | Commission
Supplemental Information

This position is located in the Injection & Mining Division within the Office of Conservation in Baton Rouge, LA. As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Petroleum Scientist 1, 2, or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). Please refer to the 'Class Specifications' from the Menu dropdown list located at the top left of the LA Careers 'Current Job Opportunities' page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

The Petroleum Scientist 1-3 has a Special Entrance Rate (SER) as listed below:

The maximum annual salary for the Petroleum Scientist 3 is $ 110,219.00

This vacancy is being announced as a classified position and is open to all qualified applicants. This position requires the selected applicant to serve a minimum probationary period of twelve (12) months. A current, permanent status state employee may be required to accept a probational appointment in lieu of promotion.

There are two (2) vacancies available. Both positions are located in the Office of Conservation, Injection and Mining Division and perform duties related to the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. Preference for the first vacancy will be given to applicants with engineering degrees, while preference for the second vacancy will be given to applicants with geology, geophysics or earth science degrees. Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement within 90 days of the closing date.

Depending on the preferred field of study (as noted above), both positions are responsible for:

Applying state and federal regulations, as well as either engineering or geoscience principles, to field inspections, reviewing all classes of underground injection permit applications, and evaluating compliance issues.
Preparing written feedback on field inspections, permit application reviews, compliance reviews and compliance issues.
Evaluating either engineering design and operation or subsurface geology and hydrogeology of all classes of underground injection wells through permit application reviews, field inspections, and compliance reviews.
Assisting in reviews of proposed designs and operational applications providing support to other state personnel, operators, and the public.
Conducting regular facility inspections, witnessing testing of wells, meeting with operators of injection wells to discuss injection well tests, and monitoring site conditions. Preparing reports of findings and initiating enforcement actions when necessary.

A copy of your college transcript to verify the specialized degree requirement MUST be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. This may be done by way of an attachment to your online application and/or by fax/mail.

Transcripts can either be mailed or faxed to the Louisiana Department of State Civil Service. Fax: 225-219-1041. Mailing Address: Department of State Civil Service, P.O. Box 94111, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9111.

No Civil Service test score is required for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.
Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

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Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results. Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass". Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail". If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.

Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review. Passing candidates will designate as "Pass". Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".

Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.

Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.

Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager. You may or may not be called for an interview.

Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.

Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers (Download PDF reader), and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

(Please note: Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process. Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process. Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available. Information is also provided on our job seeker website at

The Department of Natural Resources is a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency that supports improved employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. For more information on employment-related resources available for those with disabilities, refer to the Louisiana Employment Resources Guide at (Download PDF reader).

Applicants possessing an international degree must submit an equivalency evaluation statement with your application. This may be done by way of an attachment to your online application.

While we would encourage all interested applicants to apply, please be aware that there are various reasons that your application may be disqualified from consideration including, but not limited, to:
Submission of a resume and/or SF-10 application in lieu of the online application or official Louisiana employment application as referenced above;
Failure to fully complete the education and work experience sections of the application;
Failure to submit a copy of your college transcript by the closing of this announcement;
Failure to submit an equivalency evaluation statement for an international degree by the closing of this announcement.

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Joseph Freeman, III, HR Analyst
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 94396
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9396

The Department of Natural Resources is a participant in the E-Verify system for identification and employment eligibility purposes.

A baccalaureate degree with a major in one of the following scientific fields: engineering, geology, geosciences, earth and environmental science or geophysics, plus one year of professional level experience in the evaluation of oil and gas drilling, oil and gas production and/or oil and gas transportation.

A bachelor's degree with 24 hours in petroleum engineering or geology will substitute for the one year of required experience.

A master's degree or Ph.D. in any of the qualifying fields will substitute for the one year of required experience.

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

To analyze, process and recommend action on oil and gas drilling, unitization, production and transportation requests, and/or other related regulatory activities for the petroleum industry.


Direct from a Petroleum Scientist Supervisor or Petroleum Scientist Manager 1. Alternative reporting relationships may be approved by SCS.


Department of Natural Resources. Other locations may be approved by SCS.

Differs from Petroleum Scientist 2 by the absence of experienced-level work, which typically involves the application of a variety of petroleum disciplines and/or projects of a larger scope.

Examples of Work

Reviews technical reports and data related to exploration, production/drilling, development, waste disposal, environmental assessment/remediation, water well locations, etc. and works with the industry to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

Processes permit and application requests related to drilling, injection, plugging, and disposal of wells.

Performs geological and geophysical studies of seismic data related to the evaluation of applications for seismic permits and leasing of the state's mineral interest lands and water bottoms.

Conducts multi-faceted unitization review processes to determine the merits of and compliance with oil and gas unitization agreements, leases, statewide orders and other regulatory provisions.

Makes recommendations to supervisory petroleum scientists regarding permit reviews, aquifer studies, unitization proposals, tract evaluations and directional drilling analysis.

Analyzes data, prepares studies and reports, makes recommendations to agency management on technical and administrative issues.

Performs technical analysis relating to statewide field inspections, permitting, onsite exploration, production and development practices, reservoir/aquifer performances/impacts, and regulatory requirements.

May perform technical engineering (when properly licensed), geological, and/or environmental analysis related to the permitting and enforcement authority exercised by the Department.

Maintains surveillance of drilling and production operations throughout the state.

Reviews requests submitted by the oil and gas industry for exception to state regulations.

Correlates and analyzes accident reports for the purpose of determining obsolescence of geometric design and makes recommendations for redesign of obsolete facilities.

Provides guidance, direction and technical support on petroleum-related matters to representatives of industry, the public, and federal, state, and local agencies.