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Alaska - Environmental Coordinator – Willow Permitting



Full Time

On Site


Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Who We Are

We are one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With operations and activities in 13 countries, we explore for, develop, and produce crude oil and natural gas globally. We are challenged with an important job to safely find and deliver energy to the world. Our employees are critical to our success, and with them we power civilization.

We’re grounded by our SPIRIT Values – safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation, and teamwork. These values position us to deliver strong performance in a dynamic business – but not at all costs. We believe it’s not just what we do – it’s how we do it – that sets us apart.

We strive to make a significant difference in the communities where we live and operate. We create an inclusive environment that values all voices and opinions. Together, the different backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and perspectives of our employees drive our success.

Alaska Overview

ConocoPhillips is Alaska’s largest crude oil producer and largest owner of exploration leases, with approximately 1.6 million net undeveloped acres at year-end 2021. The company produced an average of 197 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2021. ConocoPhillips has major ownership interests in two of North America’s largest oil fields, both located on Alaska’s North Slope—Kuparuk, which the company operates, and Prudhoe Bay. Additionally, ConocoPhillips operates the Alpine Field located on the Western North Slope. The company has an ownership interest in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and owns/operates the Polar Tankers fleet.


Willow is an oil discovery located within the Bear Tooth Unit (BTU) in the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska (NPR-A) approximately 30 miles west-southwest of the Alpine Central Facility (ACF) on the North Slope of Alaska. The discovery was established with the drilling of two exploration wells, Tinmiaq 2 and Tinmiaq 6, in 2016 and further delineated in 2018 with the drilling of three appraisal wells. Additional 2018 exploration success was also encountered at the West Willow prospect, approximately 10 miles from Willow.

The Willow Development is expected to contain greater than 600 MMBOE gross recoverable resource. The Willow development will include a new Central Processing Facility (WCF), three drill sites, pipelines, roads, bridges, and supporting infrastructure.

If you are selected for the Environmental Coordinator – Willow Permitting role, you will report to the ConocoPhillips Alaska Supervisor – Willow Environmental Permitting & Compliance. This position shall work with the Willow Project Management Team (PMT) to coordinate and lead environmental regulatory permitting for project construction and operations.

Your responsibilities may include\:

  • Assess and identify environmental and land use permit and authorization needs for the construction phase of the Willow project
  • Work closely with project personnel in anticipating needs as well as identifying potential obstacles and opportunities for permitting
  • Advise Willow project personnel on environmental regulatory permit and authorization needs for construction activities
  • Prepare operational and development permit applications and renewals (e.g., gravel mining, gravel and ice roads and pads, bridges, rights-of-way, and water sources)
  • Prepare and maintain forecasts and timelines for required regulatory permits and authorizations for the Willow project
  • Evaluate and communicate potential impacts of regulatory permitting decisions to internal stakeholders
  • Strive to understand potential effects of decision-making on external stakeholders
  • Utilize innovation to reduce environmental impact of project activities and/or drive responsible cost reduction and workplace efficiency
  • Actively support the implementation of the Intelex Permits module as the underlying platform of a robust regulatory compliance assurance program
  • Cultivate and maintain good working relations with regulatory agency personnel and other key external stakeholders
  • Engage contractors to assist with permitting and planning and manage the associated deliverables and budgets
  • Establish and maintain interdependent working relationships with Willow project discipline engineers and supporting contractors
  • Foster and promote active collaboration with all subject matter experts on the broader ConocoPhillips Alaska Environmental Sustainability & Permitting team
  • Assist with the development of project Operational Plans, coordinating closely with Field Environmental Coordinators, and other subject matter experts


  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States as a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as a permanent resident, refugee or asylee
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a science, engineering, or relevant technical field or foreign equivalent
  • 3 years of environmental regulatory experience with emphasis on permitting
  • Basic knowledge of oil and gas exploration and production field operations
  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to travel up to 15% of the time


  • 5 years of environmental regulatory experience with emphasis on permitting
  • Intermediate level of knowledge of Alaska and federal environmental and land use regulations; including NEPA and its application to oil and gas exploration and production operations
  • Intermediate level of knowledge of Arctic environments
  • Intermediate level of project management processes and tools (e.g., project planning, prioritization, scheduling, critical path analysis, cost tracking)
  • Advanced level of experience overseeing contractor performance
  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments by courageously dealing with important problems, holding others accountable, and standing up for what is right
  • Delivers results through realistic planning to accomplish goals
  • Builds strong relationships based on trust and seeks opportunities to collaborate across the matrix/organizational boundaries to achieve business goals
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of March 28, 2023.

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.