Join a dynamic northwest electric utility and become part of a progressive team.

A Groundman is an entry-level position in which their main function is to assist lineworkers with building, maintaining and repairing the Districts electrical system.  Job assignments may entail very physical manual labor, 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 work in a hazardous trade so sound decision making and good judgment is imperative.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Falls trees and dispose of brush by chipping, burning, or hauling away.
  • Drives all types of utility trucks.
  • Understand and follows safety rules.
  • Uses good judgment.
  • Performs pole top and ladder rescue.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist warehouse when needed.
  • Upgrade to perform functions of an Equipment Operator when needed.
  • Responds and works in conditions other than the normal work day as required.

Position Requirements

  • Establish and encourage a work culture that embraces honesty and openness, fosters collaborative internal and external working relationships, and aligns with our goal of having our customers be our number one advocates.
  • Demonstrated ability to be punctual and regular in attendance.
  • Safely operate district motor vehicles.
  • Occasional use of standard handheld tools including hammers, pliers, ax, jackhammer, and screwdrivers.
  • Must be able to pass the District’s background and reference checks, field test indicative of actual working tasks, physical examinations, including but not limited to, periodic CDL physicals, random drug and alcohol screening mandated by law.
  • Must be available to work overtime as required.
  • Must qualify for the District’s auto liability insurance.

Education and/or Experience

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations

  • Must have, or the ability to obtain a First Aid Card with CPR.
  • Must have, or the ability to obtain a Washington State Flagger’s Certification Card.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and have a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) with no air brake restrictions.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Capable of heavy manual labor for extended periods, day or night in all weather conditions; emphasis on upper body, back and knees.
  • Lifts and carries up to 60 pounds on a regular basis and loads exceeding 120 pounds occasionally.
  • Hand and arm strength to pull by hand, line and framing hardware to linemen on poles.
  • 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.
  • Must be comfortable to work at heights.
  • Must have color and night vision.
  • Must have good hand-eye coordination.
  • Hears and is heard clearly in spoken conversation with heavy background noise.
  • Works in awkward positions.
  • Must have mechanical ability to operate the tools, equipment and vehicles of the trade.
  • Works outdoors, day and night, in all weather and driving conditions, while working in close proximity to high voltage.
  • Wear personal protective equipment as required.


Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  Lewis County PUD believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit our employees nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the company.

How to Apply

Lewis County PUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  This recruitment will remain open until Friday, November 27, 2017 at 4:00pm.  To apply for this position you must complete our employment application and provide a cover letter and resume.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Application Packets may be submitted one of the following ways:

Online:  Apply Now


Lewis County PUD
Attn: HR
PO Box 330
Chehalis, WA  98532

In Person:
Lewis County PUD
321 NW Pacific Avenue
Chehalis, WA  98532

Job Details

November 15, 2017
November 26, 2017