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Operation Geologist Job


Houston, Texas, US

Job Skill Group:  Geoscience
Date:  Jun 13, 2022

Hess is a leading international independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. 


We have an industry leading position in the Bakken in North Dakota – a key U.S. shale play. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Suriname and Nova Scotia.

Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth. We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.

For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at



This role is a staff position with a broad range of Geological responsibilities as a member of the Houston based Bakken Planning and Design team. An Operations Geologist with Hess integrates the traditional Operations and Development Geology roles for multiple rigs across the North Dakota Bakken asset. This individual will work with a multidisciplinary team to plan and execute all Geological aspects of the well, including Pore Pressure, Frac Gradient predictions, landing geoprognosis, horizontal geosteering, and lookback reviews.


Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment



  • Update structural and isopach interpretations from review of MWD, open hole logs, and seismic data from Hess and Offset operated wells.
  • Create and update Pore Pressure / Frac Gradient Predictions
  • Actively engage in planning and permitting of new wells, including signing up for and completing daily tasks related to process.
  • Maintain appropriate digital databases, including Petrel Studio, Solo Cloud and unstructured data.
  • Work with Drilling Engineers and other members of the Planning and Design team to design horizontal and high angle wells.
  • Work with Geosteerers and Directional Drillers in Real Time Center (RTC) to drill and deliver defect-free wells.
  • Provide target strategy and geosteering support from landing to TD of lateral for multiple drilling rigs. Being on-call during all drilling operations is required.
  • Participate in lookback meetings for wellbore placement and production.
  • Actively seek out opportunities to improve the Operations Geology function and its deliverables (including opportunities for standard work implementation and revisions).
  • Train and mentor rotational Foundation Geologists as needed.
  • Prepare exhibits and provide live or telephonic testimony North Dakota Industrial Commission hearings to obtain well spacing, and field designations as required for team testimony.
  • Support the planning and drilling of Saltwater Disposal wells, core and data acquisition, and quality control.
  • Experience with well site geology and petrophysics:
    • Broad experience in all aspects of the E&P business, including field development, reservoir management, seismic application, drilling, and operations.
    • A proven track record as a Production Geologist working in an integrated multi-disciplinary team.





  • At least 3 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry, operations with extensive exposure to unconventional North American Plays, preferably the Bakken.
  • PC literate and experience with application programs for technical analysis, design, and evaluation of projects is needed (Petrel, StarSteer or equivalents a plus)
  • Effective interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), and influencing skills consistent with the Hess Ways of Working.
  • Geosteering software knowledge required (StarSteer preferred).
  • PPFG experience preferred.
  • Data Analysis and Python Skills highly beneficial.


Education, Training & Certifications: 

  • M.S. degree in Geology



The Hess Way of Working refers to competencies considered absolute pre-requisites for success. How you deliver results is as important as what you achieve. The individual is expected to demonstrate these Hess behaviors to be considered an effective performer. 

  • Builds Trusted Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Creates Effective Teams
  • Thinks Strategically
  • Inspires Innovation
  • Demonstrates Courage
  • Drives Continuous Improvement
  • Makes Quality Decisions
  • Delivers High Performance



Hess is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Hess is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, click here or send an email to

Posting Notes: Catherine Denise Nichols | Employee | Geoscience | United States| Texas | Houston | | |  | | No | 26221