Red Willow Production Co. creates technician trainee opportunity

Brian Conner, Environmental Compliance Specialist for Red Willow Production Co. uses a decibel meter to measure sound levels emitted from a nearby pump jack and compressor station, Friday, May 17 on the Southern Ute Reservation.
Environmental compliance specialists with Red Willow Production Co., Brian Conner and John Ritchie visually inspect storage tanks and elevated platforms for safety issues, Friday, May 17.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

Red Willow Production Company is seeking an interested Southern Ute tribal member for a unique trainee position in Ignacio, Colo.

The EHS Technician 1 Trainee position is open to applicants with little to no experience, but must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. The program could be as long as two years, or shorter depending on the individual’s previous experience and certifications.

“This is not an office specific job, they will get to work outside and do field inspections,” explained Maria Baker, assistant HR manager for the Southern Ute Growth Fund.

EHS stand for Environmental Health and Safety, the training program has an emphasis on safety and will involve tracking compliance by oil and gas operators on the Southern Ute Reservation.

“Safety is the number one priority. It’s an integral part of a successful oil and gas company. Safety of everyone working on site, plus nearby land owners,” emphasized Brian Conner, Environmental Compliance Specialist for Red Willow Production Company.

“If you want to learn what Red Willow does, this is the program. The EHS trainee would be a steward of the land,” Baker emphasized.

This is a brand-new position. Training would include implementing the database and software used for compliance management. The Red Willow EHS trainee would work together with SECMG and Red Cedar Gathering Company. They would deal with safety aspects both in the office and with field operations.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to take ownership and pride [of the land],” said John Ritchie, Environmental Compliance Specialist for Red Willow Production Co., “the oil and gas industry is a great place to build a long-term career,” he added.

The job application is posted to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s website and closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. Once the two-year training program is complete, a successful trainee would then move into the EHS Tech 1 position and be employed with Red Willow Production Co. in Ignacio, Colo.

Contact Snowbird Frost with the Growth Fund’s Human Resources Department at (970) 563.5067 with any questions.


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