Company Name: Cowlitz PUD
Phone Number: (360) 501-9221
City: Longview
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98632
Job Title: Groundman
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Linecrew
Posting Start Date: May 8, 2017
Salary: $25.85
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours


A Groundman is an entry-level position in which the main function is to assist lineworkers with building, maintaining and repairing the Districts electrical system. Other related duties may include but are not limited to AMI install, locating, meter reads and meter disconnects as assigned. Job assignments may entail very physical manual labor, digging, heavy lifting, equipment operating, Class A vehicle driving, working in rough terrain and inclement weather day or night. Groundman generally work under the supervision of a lineworker but still works in a hazardous trade so sound decision making and good judgment is imperative.


  • Assists linemen in construction, maintenance and repair of electric power transmission and distribution lines.
  • Performs all types of manual labor maintaining proper clearance from electric hazards.
  • Recognizes high voltage hazards.
  • Work regularly consists of digging holes, loading and unloading trucks, ground support for linemen and assisting linemen with splicing wire and framing poles.
  • Properly rigs loads and lines for lifting and pulling.
  • Sends tools and materials to linemen as requested.
  • Operates lift trucks, line trucks and auxiliary equipment.
  • Installs anchors.
  • Drives all types of utility trucks.
  • Fills out trouble tickets on vehicles when required.
  • Keeps records of materials used.
  • Understand and follows safety rules.
  • Uses sound judgment.
  • Use hand and power tools and equipment of the trade.
  • Understand and work in accordance with District, State of Washington and Federal Electrical Workers Safety Rules and District practices.
  • Participate in tree trimming.
  • Communicate by radio in accordance with operating practices.
  • Installs, removes and reads watt-hour/ AMI meters.
  • Performs meter disconnects and reconnects.
  • Assists in Installing and maintain street lights and associated equipment.
  • Assists in Installing and maintain low voltage circuits and equipment.
  • Capable of working after-hours in scheduled and unscheduled conditions and responding to after-hours call-out.
  • Perform pole top and bucket rescue.

Other Position Functions:

  • May provide relief duty for Head Groundman when assigned.
  • Performs visual and mechanical inspection of vehicle prior to daily operation.
  • Responds and works in conditions other than the normal work day as required.
  • Performs locates as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Performs tasks as assigned by the operations personnel and Operations Superintendent to help the Electric Operations business unit meet District goals and expectations.


Experience Required:
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience operating a PC or laptop.
  • Must score satisfactory or above average with District and non-District evaluations.
  • Must have Valid Class A CDL with air break
  • Must be able to drive all types of District vehicles safely in all road conditions.
  • Must have, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days, a First Aid Card with CPR.
  • Must have, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days, a Washington State Flagger’s Certification Card.


  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience operating a PC or laptop.
  • Must score satisfactory or above average with District and non-District evaluations.


  • Demonstrates positive interpersonal and customer service skills to courteously deal with and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other District employees, outside vendors and the general public.
  • Ability to work in multi-task work environment, with constant interruptions and distractions while maintaining and meeting strict deadlines for projects.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational, analytical, and knowledge of basic arithmetic and algebraic skills required.
  • Ability to take initiative and be self-motivated in order to make independent decisions using sound judgment.
  • Ability to resolve conflict within business unit
  • Ability to communicate clearly in a professional business-like manner, both orally and in writing. Must understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of restricted or private information and records and effectively handle sensitive matters.
  • Comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
  • Must be able to efficiently solve problems.
  • Must have the ability to learn business units operating procedures.
  • Fundamental knowledge of electricity and mathematics including average or better grades in high school algebra or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of safety rules.
  • Must become knowledgeable of the methods, materials, tools, equipment and vehicles used in construction and maintenance of electric systems.
  • Recognizes electric hazards and is able to discern the voltage level.
  • Alert to danger to self, to other workers and the public.
  • Takes action necessary to prevent accidents.
  • Mentally, physically and verbally precise when assisting in high voltage areas.
  • Must be knowledgeable of tools, equipment and vehicles used in construction.
  • Must score above average on the District’s mechanical aptitude test and/ or District general aptitude test unless previous results are available.
  • Credit may be given for exceptional scores on either part or for prior experience and accreditation that, in the opinion of the District, is applicable.
  • Ability to work overtime as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to be punctual and regular in attendance.


  • Must provide own hand tools.
  • Work with flammable materials.
  • Provide and maintain in the workplace an industry standard set of tools.


  • May require work hours in excess of 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.
  • May require some travel (20%).
  • Observe and abide by all District policies, goals and objectives.
  • Able to work well and complete duties under stress, and deadlines, while attending to multiple duties simultaneously.
  • Must wear proper apparel for assigned working conditions in accordance with the District’s dress code policy.
  • Works outdoors, day and night, in all weather and driving conditions.
  • May work on all types of soil conditions including uneven and unstable terrain.
  • Works on and in close proximity to high and low voltage.
  • Wears personal protective equipment as required.
  • Must be capable of heavy manual labor for extended periods of time, day or night, in all weather conditions; emphasis on upper body, back and knees.
  • The employee must occasionally position self to lift and/or move up to 60 pounds
  • Must be able to work at heights.
  • Must have good hand-eye coordination.
  • Ability to listen and communicate clearly in spoken conversations with heavy background noise.
  • Must have mechanical ability to operate the tools, vehicles and equipment of the trade.
  • Must be able to physically negotiate all terrain where electric lines are encountered in all weather conditions with full gear and construction or maintenance materials and equipment.
  • Works in awkward positions.


  • Must be able to pass the District’s post offer background check, physical examinations, including but not limited to, periodic CDL physicals, random drug and alcohol screening mandated by law.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and have or the ability to obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) with no air brake restrictions within 120 days. If there is no successful District bidder, a Class A CDL with no air break restrictions will be a requirement of the position at the time of employment.
  • Must be able to drive all types of District vehicles safely in all road conditions.
  • Must have, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days, a First Aid Card with CPR.
  • Must have, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days, a Washington State Flagger’s Certification Card.
  • Must have, or ability to obtain a lift truck certification within six (6) months.
  • Must be available to work overtime as required.
  • Operating telephone is required at residence or cell phone to assure accessibility for emergency call out.
  • Must adhere to the District’s residency requirements for response workers.

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Its intent is to be a general guide of the duties and tasks we may ask you to perform as part of your employment with us.  It is by no means an exhaustive list of all of your duties or responsibilities with us.  Job descriptions are dynamic living documents that change, as business needs change.  We may elect to clarify, change or even add to this job description and your list of assigned duties in the future.  We operate as a team and from time to time, you may be required to complete other related duties as assigned. Be able to perform all tasks asked or assigned of you is an important part of being a team member and a key expectation for your position.



How to Apply:

Cowlitz PUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. This recruitment will remain open until Wednesday, May 17, 2017. To apply for this position you must complete the District’s application, which can be found at, and  provide a cover letter, resume and answers to the supplemental questions.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Posting End Date: May 17, 2017