1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA 98802

509-884-7191 / 1-800-503-7990

Journey Powerplant Operator

Job Number: W2011
Status: In Process
Closing Date: 9/21/2020 5:00 PM
Location: Well Hydroelectric Project (Azwell, WA)
Wage/Salary: $48.22/hour
Duration: Regular, Full-Time
Allow Email Submissions: Yes
Allow Postal Submissions: No

​​​​​​Position Summary:

The Journeyman Powerplant Operator is responsible for working as a roving operator under the direction of the chief and/or senior operators. Work shifts will be as necessary to fulfill work schedule requirements and may be on regular scheduled shift or on relief with no regular scheduled shift or workweek. Successful applicant must reside within a 30-mile radius of Wells Dam for the duration of their employment in this classification. Selected candidate must establish such residence within 3 months of employment. This position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement and is subject to a one-year probationary period.

​​Essential Functions:

  • Perform all duties in a safe and proficient manner in accordance with policy and procedure.
  • Start, stop, synchronize and control operation of generating units.
  • Inspect Powerplant and embankments.
  • Inspect and control auxiliary equipment, ancillary equipment, and miscellaneous powerplant equipment.
  • Regulate spillway gates and fish facility equipment.
  • Switch High-Voltage equipment.
  • Must comply with safety rules and safe clearance (LOTO--WAC 296-45) procedures, place protection clearance tags, initiate corrective measures in the event of emergency conditions affecting powerplant operations unless relieved of portions of these responsibilities by the chief or senior operator.
  • Respond to emergency call out.
  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with diverse groups of people and maintain professional interactions at all times in the workplace.
  • Ensure compliance with all District policies.
  • Operate District vehicles that may be equipped with a GPS device that monitors vehicle location while conducting business on behalf of the District.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions, the importance of personal interactions between this position, employees, contractors, and visitors, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent, on-site attendance while working independently and with others.

​Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • The ability to communicate with co-workers in a clear, concise, courteous manner.
  • The ability to function cooperatively and work well in a team environment
  • Capability of following directions and working in compliance with established guidelines
  • Aptitude with computers, communications systems, SCADA and data processing equipment.​

 ​Education and Experience:
  • Satisfactorily completed a high school education or equivalent.
  • Completed a three-year apprenticeship as a Powerplant Operator OR have five years previous job experience as a powerplant operator.

Competency Requirements:

Safety: Demonstrates that safety is the top priority when performing any job duty or task; prioritizes personal safety and the safety of co-workers and the public.

Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.

Productivity: Is able to demonstrate completion of assigned tasks through work product and documentation. This will include evidence that clearly shows work was completed on time and with above average quality.

Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual respect with all co-workers.

Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts when redirected and develops methods to achieve results and remain accountable

Professionalism: Interact daily with others in a professional manner. Treat others and be treated with respect; perform with integrity, honesty and professionalism; participate constructively in open communication; help to resolve issues and difficult situations in ways that reduce conflict and maintain good working relationships; improve work performance and take an active part in generating a mutually supportive environment. Recognize that diversity is an asset and value cultural, physical and professional differences.


Must possess or obtain and maintain:

  • Current First Aid/CPR Card
  • A valid driver's license and proof of good driving record is required for this position (will be verified upon job offer).  Out-of-state candidates must acquire a Washington State driver's license within 30 days of employment.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires the ability to perform the following physical activities with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Ability to distinguish basic colors
  • Ability to repeatedly lift heavy objects, sometimes weighing up to 100 pounds
  • Ability to work in elevated areas, climb ladders and stairs and walk over uneven surfaces
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Applicant must be physically able to perform the various duties of a roving powerplant operator including working in hot, cold, wet, and noisy environments
  • Must have a full range of hearing and sight for personal safety

Background screening

Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Douglas County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.


In addition to excellent wages, employees of Douglas County PUD enjoy the following benefits: two medical insurance plan options, vision insurance, dental insurance, health reimbursement account, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, 8 paid holidays per year plus 3 floating holidays, a personal leave program, deferred compensation plan with employer matching, and membership in the Washington State PERS pension plan.  ​​

Supplemental Materials


How to apply for this job:

Resumes must be submitted with our Resume Cover Sheet ( click here to download ). Your cover letter and resume listing qualifications, our Resume Cover Sheet, and any supplemental materials (if required) must be received by 9/21/2020 5:00 PM .

Resumes must be submitted with our Resume Cover Sheet ( click here to download ). This position is open until filled, please send in your cover letter, resume listing qualifications, our Resume Cover Sheet, and any supplemental materials (if required) as soon as possible.

Postal Mailing Instructions:

Please note on the outside of the envelope:

Journey Powerplant Operator - Well Hydroelectric Project (Azwell, WA)

Mail to:
Human Resources
Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County
1151 Valley Mall Parkway
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

No e-mail or fax submissions, please.

Email Instructions:

Please include the job number ( W2011 ) in the subject line of your email and send to careers@dcpud.org . Please submit all emailed materials as attachments in PDF format.