Great River Energy is a not-for-profit wholesale electric cooperative. We generate electricity and transmit it through high-voltage power lines to the 28 member cooperatives who own us, and they sell it to homes, farms and businesses.
How to Get Hired
We asked Great River Energy for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
Great River Energy hires the most qualified candidate for each position to meet the business needs. Our staffing process looks internally for qualified candidates first within the department, division, corporately and then externally. We work hard to hire the right people to fit the culture, putting in the time and effort at the start so we make good long term hiring decisions. We place a high value on candidates who share our corporate values around accountability, commitment to employees, ethics, member focus, open and honest communication and safety. In addition, we also look for those who can demonstrate our employee competencies: business focused, communications, continuous learning, decision making, demonstrating values, flexibility, individual performance, innovative, member and customer relations, teamwork and technical skills.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
The energy industry offers a broad spectrum of job types such as designing and operating generating stations, transmission systems, substations and power grids. These are hands-on jobs like installing and repairing power lines, and desktop jobs like creating schematics and designing power plants. Some of our jobs are indoor jobs. Some of our jobs are outdoor jobs. And some are a combination of both. We also need people who can help up develop traditional energy sources like oil, natural gas and coal, a well as newer energy sources like wind turbines, refused derived fuel, ethanol and others.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Great River Energy encourages interested candidates to continually check our website and apply for open positions that are a match with their experience, qualifications and skill set. Resumes should be clear and concise and showcase how you can contribute to our company. Follow Great River Energy on Facebook, Twitter and our website to continually engage your learnings in the electric utility industry.