Senior Driller - Residential Geothermal

  • Dandelion Energy
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Nov 18, 2021

Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Driller to lead our on-site drilling efforts for residential geothermal projects. In this role, you will be directly responsible for the production rate of geothermal boreholes, the operation, and maintenance of equipment, the safety of on-site workers, and delivering feedback to both the Operations and Engineering team on how to optimize the overall process. You will also be responsible for ensuring the correct application of our design and installation standards.

The role requires a combination of a strong work ethic, problem-solving, and the desire and drive to make the entire workflow more efficient. In this role, you will make a significant impact in redefining how residential ground heat exchangers are installed which will lay the groundwork for Dandelion’s future growth and success.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform geothermal borehole drilling operations in accordance with industry accepted standards including drilling, spoils collection, runoff containment, loop installation, and full-length grouting
  • Manage projects to achieve drilling production goals, including planning and logistics for assigned completion activities
  • Verify the operational and safety status of operations, equipment, and personnel at the start of every shift, including Job Hazard Analysis while participating in safety meetings and incident investigations (when required)
  • Review project scopes of work and support planning activities
  • Ensure geothermal ground loops are constructed within design parameters
  • Verify that drilling operations are completed in an efficient, competent, safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner
  • Work with Operations and Engineering teams to provide technical advice on the suitability of proposed drilling methods to achieve project objectives in a safe, efficient and low-cost method
  • Perform and/or delegate preventative maintenance tasks at specified intervals
  • Provide detailed daily activity reporting, including inventory tracking, geological formations encountered, Plant and Equipment related paperwork
  • Provide direct input and take responsibility for cost control measures to ensure operations stay within budget

Who you are:

  • Extensive working knowledge of production-oriented drilling field operations with at least 8 years of drilling in geothermal, blast hole/quarry/shot hole drilling, water well drilling, or similar relevant fields
  • Extensive DTH (down the hole) hammer drilling experience is a must (air and mud drilling methods is a plus)
  • At least 8 years of experience in leading a drilling team
  • Experience setting and extracting temporary steel casing a big plus
  • Committed to maintaining a safe work environment, and comply with safety regulations to achieve zero accidents and citations
  • Strong leadership, mentoring, team-building, and people development skills. Proven track record of supervising employees
  • Committed to accurate record keeping and continuous improvement of the organization
  • Industry certifications or licenses a plus
  • Extensive experience in the Hudson River Valley a plus


  • Health/Dental/Vision insurance (no waiting period!)
  • 40-hour work week, overtime and bonuses for exceeding the expectation of completed drill jobs in a month
  • 401k plan offered
  • Stock/Equity options offered
  • Paid Sick, Vacation and Holidays


You’ll love working at Dandelion because:

We’re solving the world’s hardest problems. You’ll have the opportunity to pioneer renewable heating and cooling from the ground-up (literally). There’s no established playbook for fighting climate change, so your work will be messy, challenging, and build a better, cleaner world.

We’re good people. It sounds simple, and it is. We are passionate, vision-driven, low-ego, and treat one another with kindness and respect. We challenge ideas here, not people.

We hold each other accountable. We celebrate our wins and learn from our losses. We’re honest, realistic, and transparent across all areas of the business, every day -- not just at our monthly all-hands meeting.

Dandelion Energy is an energy innovation company working to electrify home heating. We create and install geothermal heat pumps to replace fossil-fueled furnaces and boilers. Since spinning out of Google X in 2017, we’ve grown into an organization of over 100 employees and have become the largest residential geothermal heat pump installation company in the US. Our carbon impact to date is the equivalent to taking over 25,000 cars off the road, and that impact is accelerating with our growth! 

Our cross-disciplinary team consists of experts in geothermal, drilling, heat pump and software engineering, HVAC installation, solar and solar financing, behavioral economics, and high-growth operations, among other backgrounds. With the potential to catalyze and scale a widespread transition to sustainable and affordable heating and cooling, our work is both exciting and complex. We are working to create a wholesale shift in how people heat and cool their homes — join us!

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