1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA 98802

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

Journeyman Powerplant Operator

Job Number: W 1914
Status: Archived
Closing Date: 2/12/2020 5:00 PM
Location: Wells Hydroelectric Project
Wage/Salary: $45.66 per hour
Duration: Full Time - Regular
Allow Email Submissions: Yes
Allow Postal Submissions: Yes

​​​​GENERAL INFORMATION:  The Journeyman Powerplant Operator is responsible for working in the control room or 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 work week. 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. There is a one-year probationary period associated with this position.


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 p​owerplant 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

Other duties may be assigned


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

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

Current Washington State Driver License and proof of good driving record

Current First Aid/CPR Card


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


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

Productivity: Must be 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 while still remaining accountable to deadlines.

Professionalism: Interact daily with others in a professional manner. Treats others with respect while performing with integrity, honesty and professionalism.

Communication:  Participate constructively in open communications within and between departments while helping to resolve issues and difficult situations in ways that reduce conflict and maintain good working relationships.

Performance: Continually seek to improve work performance and take an active part in generating a mutually supportive environment.

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

Douglas County PUD is an equal opportunity employer

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 2/12/2020 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:

Journeyman Powerplant Operator - Wells Hydroelectric Project

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 ( W 1914 ) in the subject line of your email and send to careers@dcpud.org . Please submit all emailed materials as attachments in PDF format.