Every day in this country, more than 75,000 men and women go to work at America’s electric cooperatives to keep the lights on for 42 million energy consumers in 47 states.
It’s challenging work, but in addition to a paycheck, co-op employees go home each night knowing they’ve helped make their communities better places to live.
October 17-21 is Careers in Energy Week. Energy has always played a key economic role in Colorado, with vast resources in both fossil fuels and renewable resources. Today our energy economy is undergoing a huge transformation. Labs, universities, private companies, and co-ops are actively researching, developing and delivering energy through every natural resource we have, and our workforce and the skills needed to do the job are changing.
Many career options
A lineworker high atop a pole is the first image that comes to mind for most people who think about electric cooperative employees. It’s true that lineworkers comprise the largest segment of the co-op workforce – approximately 25 percent – but it takes a variety of talents to keep a cooperative running smoothly.
Information technology and engineering are two rapidly growing career opportunities at co-ops. The need for more high-tech workers is driven by the shift to a smarter electric grid and the growth of renewable energy sources that must be carefully monitored and managed.
Other in-demand career paths at electric cooperatives include finance, member services, equipment operators, energy advisors, communications and marketing, purchasing, administrative support and human resources.
Hundreds of co-ops. One purpose.
As not-for-profit, member-owned, locally based businesses, America’s electric cooperatives like PVREA offer careers that allow employees to make a difference in the communities they serve. Cooperatives are guided by a set of principles that put people ahead of profits, and offer fulfilling work to those who enjoy serving others.
Work for a Co-op
PVREA is currently looking for talented individuals to join our team. Check out our current job openings here.
To learn more about the opportunities available at all electric cooperatives across the nation, visit careers.touchstoneenergy.coop.
Throughout Careers in Energy Week, access a virtual job fair through https://www.connectingcolorado.com/.
To see the job opportunities open in Colorado go to http://coworkforce-energy.jobs/.