Petroleum Inspector

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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Update day: 09-11-2023

Location: London Ontario

Category: Energy


Salary: $1,175–$1,349 a week

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Are you interested in a career opportunity that combines your interpersonal communication and situational judgment skills with your knowledge of the oil and gas industry to help ensure public safety and environmental protection? Then consider this exciting position with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to regulate the oil, gas, salt solution mining and cavern/reservoir/compressed air energy storage industries in Ontario as part of a provincial compliance program based in London, Ontario.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:
  • a defined benefit pension plan
  • maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents
  • comprehensive health plan
  • life and disability insurance
  • flexible work arrangements
  • collegial and professional work culture
  • career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
  • on-the-job training to support your success in the role

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this position, you will:

  • plan, conduct and report on inspection activities to support compliance;
  • analyze inspection results to identify violations and determine the appropriate course of action;
  • work with individual operators to communicate non-compliance and the required deadlines for remedial work;
  • engage the ministry’s Enforcement Branch to investigate when compliance cannot be achieved voluntarily through inspection;
  • support the legal proceedings that may follow by providing information and testimony in court as required;
  • liaise with a range of operators and industry clients to promote compliance through education and awareness;
  • support work planning efforts to identify, prioritize and report on compliance activities
  • support the ministry in providing essential field response support in meeting its emergency management responsibilities relating to petroleum emergencies

How do I qualify?


  • You must have a valid class ’G’ driver’s licence or equivalent, as recognized by the Province of Ontario. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that they have a valid driver’s licence upon being hired.
  • You have the ability to attain a Hydrogen Sulphide Gas Safety training certificate.
  • You have the ability to attain a Well Service Blowout Prevention training certificate.

Interpersonal, conflict resolution and communication skills:

  • You have demonstrated interpersonal and conflict resolution skills including tact and good judgment to interact effectively with industry, stakeholders and team members and the ability to relay information to operators and clients (e.g. municipalities, other government ministries and agencies) in a non-confrontational and positive manner to ensure compliance.
  • You have the ability to provide technical expertise and advice, explain compliance requirements and respond to information and data requests and engage with clients to meet compliance deadlines.
  • You have the ability to compose clear and concise written materials such as reports, briefing notes, correspondence and information packages based on field observations.
  • You have the ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations and represent the ministry in a professional manner in media interviews, public meetings, consultation processes and in giving expert testimony.

Inspection skills:

  • You have the ability to interpret and apply provincial legislation, regulations, statutes, standards, policies and procedures for the purpose of conducting inspections and ensuring compliance.
  • You have knowledge of investigative techniques and powers to carry out field inspections, interview contractors, operators and landowners and gather all relevant information for use in issuing verbal instructions, issuing Inspector Orders and utilizing other compliance options to ensure legislation is followed.

Industry knowledge and expertise:

  • You have experience with petroleum resource management operations and techniques (e.g. drilling, plugging and maintenance of well sites) to assist with planning, implementing and reporting on inspection activities to ensure compliance.

Analytical skills:

  • You have the ability to gather and audit information, identify resource sustainability issues, assess compliance, determine strategies/action(s) to be taken and provide technical input into compliance planning.
  • You have the ability to take initiative to assess compliance in potentially difficult or unsafe situations due to potential hazards and to determine how to deal with uncooperative operators and other clients when assessing compliance.

Planning and coordinating skills:

  • You have demonstrated planning and coordinating skills to manage a demanding workload in conjunction with other ministry staff based on targets, and priorities and short time frames to respond.

Additional Information:

  • 2 English Temporary, duration up to 10 months, 659 Exeter Rd, London, West Region
  • 1 English Permanent, 659 Exeter Rd, London, West Region

Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union

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Inspections and Investigations

Posted on:
Wednesday, October 4, 2023

  • N-NR-204591/23(3)
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Deadline: 24-12-2023

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