Field Site Manager
Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership (BSCSP) is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's seven regional carbon sequestration partnerships. The BSCSP region encompasses Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota, eastern Washington and Oregon.

The Kevin Dome Carbon Storage Project is an eight-year effort located in north central Montana east of Sunburst. Through this project, researchers and industry professionals will produce 1 million tons of CO2 from a natural source within the Kevin Dome and inject it deep underground into subsurface geologic formations. Throughout the project, researchers will closely monitor the geology, geochemistry, water quality, air quality and CO2 behavior.

Carbon capture and storage is one method of moderating carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere while supporting our growing economic, human health and natural resource needs. This process involves the capture and long-term storage of CO2 into underground rock layers in order to prevent the CO2 from reaching the atmosphere. Often, Carbon Capture and Storage is abbreviated as CCS, or referred to as “carbon sequestration.”

The Field Site Manager will oversee the field operations of the Phase III Kevin Dome project activities and will work primarily at the field site. The purpose of the field manager position is to manage the BSCSP research field site in north central Montana and to foster public acceptance and community relations. Management of the research field site will include coordinating access and local logistics, leading site tours and working closely with project partners. This position will serve as the local project spokesperson and be responsible for disseminating accurate project information and building meaningful relationships in the community.

Duties and

The Field Site Manager will manage and coordinate project operation efforts at the project site. This person will be the main point of contact in Toole County for the project which includes site management duties, coordinating with researchers and project staff, and managing community and landowner relations. Duties include: coordinating access to the research field site for scientists and subcontractors; actively manage the research field site; be available to assist the field technician and researchers with research related tasks; coordinate minor infrastructure development (fencing, utilities); coordinate daily operations at the project site (delivery of supplies, portable toilet service, etc.); visit the research field site frequently; maintain a local BSCSP office; implement and enforce BSCSP Health, Safety and Environmental plans in conjunction with the project partners; and coordinate community meetings and outreach events in the project area. The Field Manager will actively participate in teleconferences and other communications with the project management team (located in Bozeman) and the research partners (located across the US).


A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Demonstrated experience ensuring compliance of institutional policies and procedures

Demonstrated experience representing projects or organizations, serving as a community liaison

Demonstrated competency in bringing complex projects and initiatives to a successful conclusion through effective communication

Demonstrated experience coordinating activities of a diverse group of people, ranging from field crews to academia

Experience developing and implementing project timelines, assigning tasks and following up to ensure completion of task

Experience coordinating and directing meetings and events

Experience with coordinating activities of multiple subcontractors / project performers

Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Experience preparing reports and documenting activities


Knowledge of the scientific research process

Knowledge of Health Safety and Environment regulatory standards and compliance

Experience with federally funded projects

Familiarity with grant funded research projects and management of funds

Experience with oil and gas and well drilling operations

Experience with permitting activities

Experience communicating complex scientific information to diverse audiences

Experience leading a group

The Successful
Candidate Will

The Successful Candidate Will:
  • possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds (e.g. community members, project sponsors, university and national lab faculty and students, vendors and manufacturers)
  • ability to communicate effectively with fellow employees, subcontractors, and the public, in person, over the telephone, and electronically
  • ability to communicate Health, Safety and Environmental policies to teams
  • ability to investigate
  • project occurrences and report back to management
  • ability to relate to and establish rapport with landowners
  • ability to work independently on a wide variety of tasks and in different roles
  • ability to balance independent work and team-oriented work
  • work productively in a team-oriented environment
  • maintain effective attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing competing demands
  • display an aptitude for problem solving and facilitating the work of others
  • establish and maintain constructive working relationships with colleagues, contractors and outside collaborators
  • take initiative and work well independently
  • be skilled at prioritizing, organizing, and working on multiple projects
  • maintain confidentiality of records and information
  • have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with scientists, the management team, and operations personnel
  • have refined organizational and time management skills
  • have skills to manage a large, complex project with a multi-institutional team
  • display an aptitude for problem solving and facilitating the work of others


    In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    This position requires the ability to operate a heavy slide hammer, walking long distances, and working effectively in all weather conditions

    This position requires living near the project area (north central Montana), within 60 miles is preferred

    This position requires working alternate working schedules including evenings and weekends

    Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Montana driver’s license

    Position requires the ability to lift on a routine basis 25 - 100 pounds with or without accommodations

    Ability to be contacted at any time if an urgent need arises

    Ability to travel to Bozeman, MT and other locations on a periodic basis


    Screening of applications will begin on March 1, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following :
    • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
    • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
    • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

      An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #13-188" in the subject line of the email.
      • Submit materials to:

      • Michelle Leonti
      • Energy Research Institute
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 172465
      • Bozeman MT 59717-2465
      • (406)994-1658

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note : Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

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