Date:  Mar 17, 2023

Houston, TX, US, 77024

Job Function:  Legal / EHS
Requisition Number:  3566

Title:  Counsel


Par Pacific is a growth-oriented company that owns and operates market-leading energy and infrastructure businesses in logistically-complex markets. Par Pacific combines experience in the oil and gas industry with corporate financing know-how. We bring this unique strength to complex markets where we seek out diamonds in the rough. As a nimble, entrepreneurial organization, we actively pursue new opportunities in response to local market demands and changing external environments.


The Role 

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, you will provide day-to-day legal support on various environmental, health, and safety matters related to Par Pacific’s operations. The position will work closely with operations, site EHS, corporate EHS, other attorneys in the legal department, and the government relations function.  You will be expected to act as a strategic partner to the business, analyzing complex factual and legal issues, proactively identifying issues and advising on practical solution related to EHS. The position will also assist with Par Pacific’s sustainability report and related matters.  As part of your specific responsibilities, in the following areas, you will: 

  • Provide legal advice and counsel on EHS compliance issues, including air, water, waste, hazardous chemicals, and personal and process safety.
  • Assist the company in enforcement actions before agencies with jurisdiction over environmental, health and safety issues.
  • Conduct privileged investigations and provide support as needed to environmental, health safety or security incidents.
  • Advise on EHS legal aspects of commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Manage outside counsel involved in EHS matters.
  • Provide EHS training as needed.


The Requirements 

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. To be a good fit for the Counsel opportunity, you will have: 

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience - environmental law preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of core federal environmental laws (e.g., CAA, CWA, CERCLA) and state counterparts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines.
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas or other states in the U.S., as applicable
  • Travel may be required domestically (10-15%).
  • This position will be considered for remote work. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience practicing environmental law at a large law firm.
  • Experience with compliance counseling and enforcement defense, permitting, transactional support, and litigation.
  • Experience advising on federal and state environmental laws and health and safety laws (e.g., OSHA).
  • Knowledge of the energy industry (especially downstream refining) a strong plus factor.


Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities. 


More Good Reasons to work for Par:  


Unique culture 

There is nothing ordinary about Par Pacific -- a niche player in the energy space that operates in logistically complex markets. And there's certainly nothing ordinary about Par Pacific people. We are driven, hardworking, entrepreneur-minded professionals that love to win. If that describes you, you'll fit right in. 


Location, location, location 

Because Par Pacific is located in some of the most beautiful places throughout the country, our employees get to make these places their home and enrich their lives. The office where you'll work is in the Houston, TX corporate office located in CityCentre. It's a vibrant area of the city with plenty of places for lunch or to wind down after work.


Opportunistic growth strategy 

At Par Pacific, we look for operations with strong fundamentals and great employees who can move a business forward. Our management team has deep experience in the energy industry, as well as in leading mergers, acquisitions, and integrations of newly acquired companies. 


Excellent compensation 

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a strong comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; a robust allotment of paid time off; a 401(k) with company match; retirement savings plans; educational reimbursement; and more. 


Keys to Success 

We are looking for a highly motivated, self-starter with a positive attitude. Candidates should have a natural thirst for knowledge and curiosity to drive personal and professional development. 

In addition, in order to be a successful Counsel / Senior Counsel you will: 


  • Be a team player
  • Combine analytical skills and creativity in solving problems 
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic and accountability 
  • Effectively communicate with the team and ask questions 


The Company 


Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, owns, manages and maintains interests in energy and infrastructure businesses. Par Pacific's strategy is to identify, acquire and operate energy and infrastructure businesses with attractive competitive positions. We own and operate refineries in Hawaii, Washington and Wyoming, with total operating throughput capacity of over 150 Mbpd. We own and operate one of the largest energy infrastructure networks in Hawaii with a logistics network supplying the major islands of the state. In Wyoming, Par Pacific owns a refinery and associated logistics network in a niche market. We operate 123 fuel retail outlets in Hawaii, Washington, and Idaho. Par Pacific has an active, opportunistic growth strategy. Our common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the trading symbol "PARR". 


Note: Par Pacific will not accept calls from third-party recruiters. All candidates are required to apply through this web posting. 


Par Pacific is an equal opportunity employer. Par Pacific prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status,genetic information or any other status protected by applicable law. 



Nearest Major Market: Houston

Job Segment: Sustainability, M&A, Refinery, Energy, Management