HEADQUARTERS:   East Wenatchee

JOB STATUS:           Regular/Full-Time

FLSA:                       Non-Exempt

CLOSING DATE:      3/27/2023

JOB NUMBER:        2303

Douglas PUD offers excellent working conditions and a competitive salary and benefit package. Employee benefits include: medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability, personal leave plan, paid holidays, participation in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), deferred compensation programs with employer matching, Health Reimbursement Accounts with employer contributions, Wellness Program, and training opportunities. Full benefit package may be viewed at www.uip-wa.org/douglas-pud.

The starting wage for this position is $30.56 per hour. The incumbent may progress up to $32.08 per hour with good performance.

Position Summary:

The Distribution Helper will work under the direction of the Distribution Superintendent or designee. Work may be assigned within any operations area including: Line, Meter, Wire, Networks, or Warehousing. The Distribution Helper will be assigned entry-level work tasks routine to an electric utility operations department. The successful applicant must reside within 30 minutes of East Wenatchee Headquarters or relocate within six months of hire.  With successful performance incumbents will be expected to enter the Line Apprentice program, typically within one year of hire.

This position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement and is subject to a one-year probationary period.

 Essential Functions:

  • Assist line workers with building, maintaining, and repairing District electrical systems.
  • Perform all types of manual labor including, but not limited to digging holes, loading and unloading trucks, and ground support for line workers.
  • Operate lift trucks, line trucks, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Assist all Distribution Operation shops as needed.
  • Understand and follow safety rules.
  • Practice good judgement and sound decision making.
  • Support the District’s mission and value statements in the performance of job duties.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to the District’s Safety Policy and Procedures.
  • Employees with a Commercial Driver’s License must participate in DOT alcohol and drug testing, including marijuana, in compliance with FMCSA regulations.
  • Operate District vehicles that may be equipped with a GPS device that monitors vehicle location while conducting business on behalf of the District.

 Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions, the importance of personal interactions between this position, employees, customers, and other members of the public, 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:

  • Must be able to safely operate district vehicles and equipment.
  • Must have sound knowledge of the proper and safe use of the tools and equipment used in line construction and maintenance.
  • Must possess an entry-level working knowledge of the construction, operations, and maintenance of electric distribution lines.
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a crew and take and follow direction from peers and superiors.
  • Ability to read and comprehend documents including safety rules and work procedures.
  • Initiative to complete the 3-year Line apprenticeship program.

 Education and Experience:

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Two years of college or appropriate trade school training or experience in the line construction trade are desired.

 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.


  • A valid Washington State Class A CDL Driver License with an air brake endorsement 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.
  • Must have, or the ability to obtain a First Aid and CPR certification cards.
  • Must have, or the ability to obtain a Washington State Flagger’s certification card.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to distinguish basic colors.
  • Ability to repeatedly lift heavy objects, sometimes weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to work in elevated areas, climb ladders, stairs, and structures and walk over uneven surfaces.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • 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.