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Company Description

Zia Natural Gas Company is a local natural gas distribution company (gas utility).  Zia currently serves approximately 37,500 customers in the state of New Mexico primarily in Colfax, Dona Ana, Lea, and Lincoln County.  Zia also operates Wyoming Gas Company, a sister division in Wyoming serving approximately 7,000 customers.  Zia has district offices in Hobbs, Ruidoso Downs, and Las Cruces, NM and in Worland, WY with the Division office located in Ruidoso Downs.  Zia Natural Gas Company offers medical and dental insurance, profit sharing, and 401(k) savings plans.  Zia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The position will be based out of Ruidoso Downs, NM, but the Manager must be able to travel to the other districts as well as our utility in Worland, WY.

Job Description

The Manager of Utility Operations for Zia Natural Gas Company will be responsible for the following duties:             


  • Regulatory compliance with all PHMSA regulations pertaining to pipeline safety;
    • Compliance with new regulations including DIMP;
    • Operator Qualification Program management;
    • Public Awareness program oversight;
    • Internal Inspections and Audits for compliance with set procedures and recordkeeping;
    • Regular review and update of the Gas Distribution Standards;
  • System Design;
  • Cathodic Protection Review and Maintenance;
  • Large Construction Project Management;
  • Work with GIS Department on system information database;
  • Review and implementation of new technology;
  • Budget development and review;
  • Continuation of 5-yr capital infrastructure plan;
  • Day to day operations problem-solving;
  • Variety of other tasks and projects and requested.


Qualified candidates must have a minimum of a B.S. in Engineering with Mechanical or Chemical Engineering preferred.  Qualified candidate must also have a minimum of 5 years of experience working in the natural gas utility and regulatory compliance industry and operational knowledge of the plumbing, construction, or facility management industry.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé to the local Zia Natural Gas Company office or email to [email protected] with the subject line of Operations Manager.

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