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Petroleum Specialist

Salary: $28.48-$34.77 hourly / $4,953-$6,047 monthly / Range: 6048

DEFINITION: Under direction to supervise and participate in the regulation of onshore petroleum facilities and operations in accordance with the County Petroleum Ordinance; and, to do related work as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Plans, schedules and supervises the work of technical inspection and clerical staff responsible for enforcement of the County Petroleum Ordinance; selects, trains and evaluates staff; receives, investigates and responds to citizen complaints; disseminates information regarding the operation and regulation of onshore petroleum facilities to the public and other governmental units; assists in the preparation and control of the division budget; maintains familiarity with current onshore drilling and production practices; provides technical assistance to applicants for permits to drill; issues permits; calculates and collects fees; reviews new well locations, spacings, gradings and facility installations; inspects drilling and servicing structures and operations; including cementing of surface casings, water strings, mud spreading, waste haulers, sumps, pumping units, well heads, cellars, fences, signs, leaks and abandonments; inspects sources of ground and surface water pollution; tests water salinity; checks for emission control, fire prevention and hazardous conditions; performs technical field and laboratory studies of potential sources of contamination, vapor monitoring, and fluids disposal; conducts tracer and other petroleum fingerprinting operations; maintains records and prepares reports.


1. Three years of experience in field petroleum development, production or inspection with emphasis on equipment operation; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Petroleum Inspector-Technician with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirement: Possession of a California Class C Driver's License by the time of appointment.

Knowledge of: mechanical parts and operations and motorized equipment; terminology used in petroleum industry; methods and procedures used in drilling, operating and closing oil, gas and injections wells and related petroleum operations.

Ability to: follow oral and written instructions, read and understand regulatory material; make accurate observations; learn State and County regulations of petroleum operations; perform field and laboratory tests used in analyzing oil, gas and water; explain and enforce regulations relating to the regulation of petroleum activities; deal diplomatically with stakeholders; keep accurate records such as logs on existing facilities, call outs, permits fees collected; work independently; work overtime and standby; travel throughout the County on limited notice; prepare reports on stream contamination, oil spills and clean up operations; learn to train and supervise the work of technical and clerical staff; learn to assist in the preparation and control of the division budget.

Possession of a California Class C Driver's License by the time of appointment.

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