Geoscientist - CCS MRV/MVA Coordinator

Grand Forks, ND
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: Description

This position is located at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), an international leader in energy and environmental research, conducting projects for clients throughout the United States and the world. The EERC offers opportunities to people with an exceptional work attitude, dedication to high professional standards, and commitment to personal development. We are looking for experienced, aggressive, scientifically trained, and market-oriented individuals to contribute to the success of the organization by performing one or more of the following functions:

  • Monitor and stay current on evolving carbon capture and storage (CCS) permitting, regulatory and incentive programs within the U.S. and Canada that are pertinent to the EERC’s clients, projects, and strategic plan. 
  • Develop positive professional relationships with permitting and incentive program administrators while being a strong advocate for the CCS industry and the clients we represent.   
  • Perform compliance crosswalks between pertinent regulatory, permitting, and incentive programs associated with CCS projects in the EERC’s project portfolio, perform knowledge gap assessments and develop permitting action plans. 
  • Work with multidisciplinary technical and permitting teams to develop and periodically maintain/update compliant project-specific monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) and monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) plans in accordance with project-specific risks and incentive, permitting and regulatory programs associated with CCS projects that promote their safe implementation throughout the project life cycle. 
  • Support and participate in risk assessment efforts associated with carbon dioxide storage sites.
  • Document and regularly brief EERC clients and staff on permitting and incentive program requirements and present on how MRV and MVA plans developed by the EERC meet the requirements of these programs.    
  • Prepare briefings, technical reports, conference papers, presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles and other such publications to communicate technical results to clients, stakeholders, and the scientific community.
  • Work with geoscience and permitting teams to compile and analyze information from public and private data libraries and support acquisition, data reduction, and interpretation of monitoring and characterization efforts associated with CCS, oil & gas, gas storage and geothermal sites.
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and scopes of work related to job function and area of expertise. 
  • Collect, reduce, analyze, and interpret data, ensure quality control, and compile results in an organized, orderly format.
  • Adhere to and promote EERC core values, mission statement, policies, standard operating practices, and culture.

This position will work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, business professionals and EERC stakeholders to solve challenges related to incremental oil recovery, unconventional oil recovery, geothermal energy, gas storage, and CO2 capture, utilization, and geologic storage. The successful applicant will stay apprised of the opportunities and challenges facing the energy industry and engage with stakeholders to inform strategies and implement solutions that enable the prudent production and use of fossil and renewable energy.

A primary function of the position is to apply technical knowledge to support the development of compliant MRV and MVA plans related to financial incentive and permitting programs associated with emerging CCS and other Environmental Social Governance projects being developed in the United States and Canada. Some travel is required. 

At the EERC, we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1,300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

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Required Competencies
  • Excellent organizational, communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience presenting and preparing materials for stakeholders and management.
  • Motivated individual with a positive, goal-oriented attitude.
  • Excel at working both individually and as part of a diverse team.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with the general public, technical professionals, business professionals, regulatory agents, and policy makers at all levels of management and in all forums.
  • Highly adaptive with a practical scientific mindset.
  • Knowledge and willingness to learn about new technologies.
  • Ability to acquire appropriate health and safety certifications and perform oil & gas-related field work.
  • Passion for learning.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science in a Geoscience-related field.
  • 3 years of work experience related to CCS, oil & gas, or pertinent geoscience field.  
  • Experience with geoscience data analysis and interpretation software and compiling well and production information from public and private data libraries (e.g., Enverus, TGS, IHS, USGS, State).
  • Applicants may be required to present to the interviewers during the interview process.
  • Cover letter, resume, or curriculum vitae.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 5–10 years of industry experience in a geoscience-related field or an advanced degree.
  • Experience with CCS regulations, permitting and/or incentive programs.
  • Experience developing MRV/MVA programs for industrial CCS projects. 
  • Experience with field operations related to wireline logging and coring, wireline log and core analysis, geomechanical analysis, basic knowledge of geophysical data and interpretation.
  • Geoscience analysis and interpretation software experience.
  • Experience compiling well and production information from public and private data libraries (e.g., Enverus, TGS, IHS, USGS, State).
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$65,000 Annual/Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with flexibility to accommodate work activities/work life balance. Travel may be required.


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

This position is open until filled with initial review of candidates on May 13, 2021.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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