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Posted by Kathleen Pishotta on 11-14-2023 in West 12-14-2023



Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers.   A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.

We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we're proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we've also built 14 parks that serve more than 3 million visitors each year.

Rated by Forbes in 2017 and 2019 as one of the top 25 places to retire, Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural scenic beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including more than 200 days of sunshine!

We are a small town to some and big city to others. We invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success.

We live a life of abundant choices and enjoy water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking, biking, rock climbing and unlimited golfing. Downhill and cross-country skiing are just minutes away. The area is also known for producing quality wines.

Consider Chelan PUD as a career choice today! The community is waiting for you.

Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/Vet/Disabled


Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. Your cover letter must summarize your (insert). Incomplete materials will not be considered.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF document before applying and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  

Interested parties are also invited to contact Human Resources at to discuss the position.


$56.48 -  per hour (to be determined by award of bid).

  • 1.5% climbing stipend, increasing hourly wage to $57.32
  • Relocation expenses negotiable
  • Hourly wage increases to $58.74 on 4/1/24


JOB PURPOSE:                                                 

Journeyman Lineman duties include construction and maintenance of overhead and underground transmission and distribution systems. Direct responsibility for completing assigned work in a safe and efficient manner and for the general condition of trucks, special equipment and tools.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position. Secondary functions (SF) are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability. In the aggregate, secondary functions typically account for less than 15% of the job scope.

#           EF/SF     % of Time    Job Functions

  • EF 85%                Must efficiently construct all phases of overhead and underground line work according to District line construction standards and practices; must know and understand District operating instructions.
  • EF 10%                Understand WAC 45 and OSHA 1910.269 rules and be responsible for tools and equipment needed to install and maintain the District's electrical system. This responsibility may include purchasing and inventory of new equipment, tools, and learning new technology.
  • EF 5%                  Once qualified will be required to fill-in as Temporary Foreman or Serviceman on an as-needed basis.
  • EF Ongoing       Drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.
  • EF Ongoing       Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Comply with District policies. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Post-Secondary Education:                                        

Must have completed a JATC or NJATC lineman apprenticeship or a three (3) or four (4) year accredited lineman apprenticeship. Must provide written documentation of related training experience with at least one thousand (1,000) documented hours of working a conductor energized at primary voltage. Acceptable documentation includes copies of apprenticeship certificates, college transcripts or journey-level lineman card equal to NJATC requirements.


Must have experience in line construction and maintenance, and be proficient in using tools and operating heavy equipment of the trade on energized and de-energized systems. Must have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of electricity as pertains to utility systems.

Specific KSA's: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge:
    • Ability to develop and maintain a working knowledge of and comply with District safety procedures in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, policies, practices and procedures.
    • Thorough knowledge of electrical theory and the methods, equipment and materials used in line construction and maintenance.
  • Skills & Abilities:
    • Ability to communicate effectively with others.
    • Must possess or obtain within three months from hire date, flagging certification, First Aid and CPR certification cards.
    • Must maintain Forklift Certification for Forklift class 4&5 and Lift Code 3&4.
    • Ability to climb poles and towers.

SAFETY SENSITIVE DESIGNATION: Safety sensitive positions are subject to pre-employment drug testing. Positions are designated as "safety sensitive" if an essential function of the job involves certain duties. This position is designated as safety sensitive for the following reasons:

  • Drives or operates motorized vehicles
  • Works with or near rotating or heavy equipment, power machines or tools
  • Works on or near high voltage distribution or transmission lines or equipment
  • Duties directly affect public/employee safety
  • A valid driver's license is required at hire. A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.

Must possess, and maintain a valid Washington State, Class A Commercial Driver’s License with current medical card and air brake restriction removed.

Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law.


A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.  Required to possess and maintain a valid Washington State Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the air brake restriction removed.  If a CDL is required or is requested by the District on a voluntary basis, the individual will be subject to the applicable federal regulations, which include random drug testing.

Interested candidates should apply through our website

Wenatchee, WA 98801, USA