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There are lots of jobs available in the Bakken, including jobs that require little oilfield experience, such as a roughneck or roustabout. Photo: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) from USA (Drilling Roughnecks) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Help Wanted: hard worker, not afraid of elbow grease…or snow

No one ever said working any number of Bakken jobs would be easy. The hours are long, and the weather…well, you never quite know what the weather will do. In the winter, you can count on short days and biting winds. In the summer, expect a few days over a hundred and expect mosquitoes and sunburn.

But the work is honest. Anyone who has ever worked the oilfield knows it gets in your blood. It’s like a farm boy who leaves for the city. He’s always wistful, thinking about baling hay between planting and harvest. There are no words to describe why we do it.

For all you oilfield men and women, who aren’t afraid of hard work, dirt on your cheek, and a little snow in May, here are our Bakken picks this week:


Patriot Oilfield Service of Tioga, ND is looking for an experienced  Hydraulic Swab Rig Operator to begin immediately. Rig is in excellent condition, operators cab is climate controlled , and has new sand line.

Call Gary at 701-641-0006 for more information.

Kinder Morgan: GAUGER

Kinder Morgan is looking for gauger in Johnson’s Corner (Watford City). This position gauges and tests products, completes receipt or delivery records, and performs routine site activities like adjusting flow or pressure. You’ll service and maintain field pumps and LACT units. You’ll work with customers, and you’ll need to be on call periodically. You’ll need to be a good communicator, take safety seriously, and have a good driving record and a valid driver’s license. Read all the requirements and apply on the Kinder Morgan website.  Kinder Morgan also has gauger jobs available in Williston.

Key Energy Services: FIELD TRAINEE

Key Energy Services is currently seeking a Field Trainee for its Rig Services location. This is a great position for someone with limited experience, since you’ll need a high school diploma or GED and only 1-2 years of floorhand experience. You’ll be responsible for performing services as part of a 3-5 person crew, assisting in rigging up and rigging down, pulling or laying down rods, tubing and casing, and driving truck when necessary (so you’ll need a CDL).

To apply for this job, or one of the other positions available with Key, visit their website here.


Whether you want to work in Kildeer, Ross, or Belfield, MBI is hiring a few mechanics (as well as several other positions). As a mechanic for MBI, your main job is to perform inspections, repairs, and maintenance on all types of diesel engines. You’ll need a comprehensive understanding of things like clutch adjustments and replacements, transmission rebuilds, differential replacements, PTO replacements, and more. You’ll want to know and understand Volvo, International, Western Star, Kenworth, Peterbuilt, Cat, Cummins and Detroit engines. And last but not least, you’ll need to be punctual and show up to work. You’ll need diesel mechanic certification and a valid driver’s license (CDL preferred).

You can read the entire list of requirements and responsibilities at the MBI Energy Services website. You can also browse through their other Bakken jobs listings, too, for positions such as Facility Maintenance, Fishing & Rentals Field Sales, and Hot Oil CDL Driver.

Oil States International: FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN

Don’t be intimidated by the lengthy job description on their site. If you are a dynamic, hard-working, and ambitious person with good communication skills (both verbal and written) that allow you to speak and write clearly and persuasively, you just might be right for the position of Field Service Technician in Dickinson. You’ll need a high school diploma or GED, have a CDL and a good driving record, and understand and follow safety procedures at all times. You’ll need to have a flexible schedule and be willing to be on call 24/7 for periods of time. But the job itself is primarily installation, operation, repair, removal, and maintenance of company tools and other oilfield equipment. You’ll need to know wireline, isolation, thru tubing, production services, ball launch, and frac stacks and rentals. You can check out the description of this position on the Oil States website, and apply online.

LTR: Natural Gas Intern

As a dynamic, growing company, LTR is one of Bakken.com’s best recommendations for employment. This company thrives due to its commitment to its values of safety, integrity, customer service, teamwork, and accountability. While the company is based in Texas, this mid-size company has three locations in North Dakota. Currently, the Dickinson office is looking for a full time Natural Gas Intern. If you’re not from North Dakota, branches in Norman, Oklahoma; Pecos, Texas; and Charlotte, Texas are also taking applications for Natural Gas Interns. This is a great way to learn the ropes and understand how natural gas generators work and how they can benefit drilling operations. Check it out now on their website, or contact the location manager for details.

Bob’s Oilfield Service: Roustabouts

Bob’s Oilfield Service recently announced a search for Roustabouts. Bob’s is a family-owned business located in Belfield, North Dakota. They’ve been around for almost 40 years, and they specialize in roustabout services, tank batteries, maintenance, and pipeline installation. Bob’s wants “hardworking, dependable, drug free, and have or are willing to obtain a CDL, and have the desire to be a part of a great working and well established environment.” If you don’t mind that elbow grease, you’ll have the opportunity to grow and advance within the company, especially since they also offer competitive wages, paid vacation, and great benefits. Stop by the office in Belfield, or apply online.

Check out the Bakken jobs listings from last week on Bakken.com here. You can also check out our Permian and Marcellus jobs, too!

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