By Staff 4-6,2016
Governor Matt Mead has instructed a team of state agencies to respond to the energy-related job losses across Wyoming. Since January, more than 2,400 Wyoming residents have lost jobs in the energy industry. Wyoming has established full-service resource centers in Gillette and Douglas. Below is a list of participating agencies and the services they are providing as part of the state response.
The Department of Workforce Services provides job skill linking to companies, state unemployment insurance and job training. They are offering extended hours at their Douglas and Gillette offices.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation provides access to dozens of open positions, direct recruitment for Wyoming Highway Patrol in the most heavily impacted areas and a link to construction and trucking contractors that may be hiring (a full list of these contractors is attached below).
The Wyoming Department of Corrections currently has more than 164 positions open to potential candidates. These openings are in Rawlins, Lusk, Torrington, Riverton and Newcastle. Candidates can apply for these positions at the resource centers in Gillette and Douglas.
The Wyoming Business Council offers numerous programs to support the communities and businesses affected by the energy-related job reductions. These programs include employer networks and small business support for former energy workers wanting to start a new business.
Wyoming’s Community College Commission provides vocational skills, training and education for those candidates who are looking to advance or find a new career.
Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department and State Parks Agency have seasonal and permanent employment opportunities. These positions can be applied for at the resource centers or online.