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Quality workers are always needed in the North Dakota energy industry. Positions are available in both exploration and production and include employment such as shop technician, sales, clerical, mechanical, welder, roustabout, truck driver, electronic tech, operator assistant, seismic, crane operator, concrete finisher, and mud logger. Training is available for some positions (see Williston State College below).

Oil & Gas Jobs in North Dakota

Many are labor-intensive and involve outdoor work in all weather conditions.

Minimum age restrictions may be 18 or 21 years old.

Drug testing is required in the hiring process and performed randomly on the job.

Most require a valid driver's license with a clean driving record.

Some require a commercial driver's license (CDL), or the ability to acquire one.

Company work schedules may vary, e.g. 4 days on/4 days off; 7 days on/7 days off; 2 weeks on/1 week off with pay. Significant overtime hours may be available. It is important to check with the company regarding work schedules.

In limited circumstances, housing may be provided. Some companies provide a daily per diem for meals.

These apply to most oilfield positions:

Good Life in North Dakota

North Dakota Oilfield Employment  Your guide to finding a job and working in North Dakota’s oilfields. Job Service North Dakota. Job seekers should start here!

North Dakota Job Service  State government website with online job applications from energy companies actively recruiting job-seekers.

North Dakota Oil Jobs  Oil and gas job listings posted by companies seeking employees, categorized by Labor, Office and Professional. Includes information about matters such as housing, transportation, etc., useful to job seekers. From ND Petroleum Council.

Midwest Oil Jobs  Links to variety of oil-sector job and job-training sites.

Troops to Energy Jobs  Another portal for veterans seeking jobs in the oil and gas industry.

Williston State College Continuing education and workforce training.

Job Service North Dakota

Regional Newspapers  See ‘Help Wanted’ & Classified


Minot Daily News ~ daily

Williston Herald ~ daily

Mountrail County Promoter ~ Stanley, weekly

McKenzie County Farmer ~ Watford City, weekly

Tioga Tribune~Divide County Journal ~ Tioga & Crosby, weeklies


State Job Service phones

Dickinson: 800-247-0983

Minot: 800-482-0017

Williston: 800-247-0989