Forest Service Hiring Temporary Jobs in the Region

The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service is hiring over 900 temporary jobs in a variety of exciting and rewarding occupations for the 2017 field season throughout national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Wildland fire jobs and other early season temporary jobs will be open for applications on USAJOBS.gov from December 15 through December 21, 2017. Recreation, fisheries, forestry, engineering, and other job positions will be open for applications from January 26 through February 1, 2018.

Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r2/jobs/?cid=fseprd479458 for more information.

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Local Jobs with Black Hills Corporation

The following two positions are available locally:

Senior Administrative Assistant – Rapid City, SD

Substation Engineer I, II, or Senior – Rapid City, SD

There are other positions located in Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Arkansas listed on their site. Please visit their Careers Site at www.blackhillscorp.com/careers to apply and learn more about Black Hills Careers.

 


Black Hills Corp- Tech Gas Ops I (Monument, CO)

Job Title: Tech Gas Ops I  (31134)
Job Description:
Job Specifications
 

PAY RANGE:   $19 – $26 per hour
Base pay is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

CLOSING DATE:   This position will close on October 13, 2017.

LOCATION:     Monument, CO

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Safely performs general gas distribution system maintenance, operation and construction work.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Supervisor, Gas Operations

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide recommendations on proper material type and size to accommodate load requirements and pressure.
  • Insure proper location and installation of facilities such as service lines, mains and meter sets.
  • Coordinates the location of other utilities underground facilities relative to construction activities.
  • Proficient in underground line locating.
  • Gas measurement, pressure regulation and over pressure protection installations.
  • Above and underground leak classification and repairs.
  • Install facilities according to specifications such as trench depth/width, proper auguring, plowing and shoring.
  • Complete field drawings per company standards to include location sketch and proper material accounting.
  • Perform hot line tapping of mains and services of various sizes and type by selection of proper equipment and using correct procedures.
  • Perform leak repair on underground facilities using approved repair methods and materials based on type of sizes of mains and services.
  • Perform pressure testing of facilities to ensure integrity and satisfy company and Regulatory requirements.
  • Perform proper above grade corrosion control by application of recommended painting techniques and material, also below grade corrosion control and anode installation surface preparation and coating applications.
  • Maintain familiarity with steel welding procedures to evaluate quality to meet company standard.
  • Inspect and monitor construction activities of gas contract construction crews.
  • Maintain certification and perform plastic fusion of mains and services and proper installation of mechanical fittings.
  • General maintenance on facilities.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Other duties as required.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Maintain professional working relations with external and internal customers. 

EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience preferred.

EDUCATION:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Comprehensive understanding of gas operating safety procedures.
  • Familiarity of Black Hills construction standards and procedures.

SKILLS/ABILITY/OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Ability to effectively prioritize projects and equipment needs while maintaining a rigorous construction activity schedule.
  • A demonstrated mechanical ability, the ability to read and understand operation manuals and has a working knowledge of regulators, meters, and pipefitting and gas operations.
  • Ability to remain calm and make effective spontaneous decision during emergency situations that may affect the safety of the general public, contractors and other employees.
  • Effective customer interaction and resolution skills. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to pass PE Fusion certificate.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be able to perform the requirements of this position, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Can meet the physical demands of standing, walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, balancing, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, feeling, talking, hearing, tasting/smelling, near and far acuity, depth perception, color vision and field of vision.
  • Lifting – Occasionally 40+ lbs. up to 30 feet (rare); and occasionally side lifting.
  • Lifting tools, equipment and appliances floor to waist, overhead, waist to shoulder.
  • Prolonged loaded and unloaded forward flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation of the neck and spine are required.
  • Reaching – occasionally above and below shoulder height.
  • Ability to navigate uneven surfaces to and from vehicle and site work, transmission line patrol requiring walking distances up to miles in all terrains, in all types of weather.
  • Must be adaptable to extreme temperature climates inside and outside.
  • Ability to manipulate and grasp hand tools while in a repetitive motion.
  • Ability to operate equipment.
  • Ability to be fitted for a use of respirator.


The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment.  Job descriptions may and do change periodically.  Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

We are an EEO Employer

We offer an attractive salary based on qualifications with competitive benefits and a supportive professional work environment.

How to apply: Click here to apply


Black Hills Corp- Gas Operations Technician (Delta, CO)

Job Title: Gas Operations Technician I  (31147)
Job Description:
Job Specifications
 

PAY RANGE:   $19 – $26
Base pay is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

CLOSING DATE:  This position will close on October 13, 2017.

LOCATION:   Delta, CO

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Safely performs general gas distribution system maintenance, operation and construction work.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Supervisor, Gas Operations

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide recommendations on proper material type and size to accommodate load requirements and pressure.
  • Insure proper location and installation of facilities such as service lines, mains and meter sets.
  • Coordinates the location of other utilities underground facilities relative to construction activities.
  • Proficient in underground line locating.
  • Gas measurement, pressure regulation and over pressure protection installations.
  • Above and underground leak classification and repairs.
  • Install facilities according to specifications such as trench depth/width, proper auguring, plowing and shoring.
  • Complete field drawings per company standards to include location sketch and proper material accounting.
  • Perform hot line tapping of mains and services of various sizes and type by selection of proper equipment and using correct procedures.
  • Perform leak repair on underground facilities using approved repair methods and materials based on type of sizes of mains and services.
  • Perform pressure testing of facilities to ensure integrity and satisfy company and Regulatory requirements.
  • Perform proper above grade corrosion control by application of recommended painting techniques and material, also below grade corrosion control and anode installation surface preparation and coating applications.
  • Maintain familiarity with steel welding procedures to evaluate quality to meet company standard.
  • Inspect and monitor construction activities of gas contract construction crews.
  • Maintain certification and perform plastic fusion of mains and services and proper installation of mechanical fittings.
  • General maintenance on facilities.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Other duties as required.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Maintain professional working relations with external and internal customers. 

EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience preferred.

EDUCATION:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Comprehensive understanding of gas operating safety procedures.
  • Familiarity of Black Hills construction standards and procedures.

SKILLS/ABILITY/OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Ability to effectively prioritize projects and equipment needs while maintaining a rigorous construction activity schedule.
  • A demonstrated mechanical ability, the ability to read and understand operation manuals and has a working knowledge of regulators, meters, and pipefitting and gas operations.
  • Ability to remain calm and make effective spontaneous decision during emergency situations that may affect the safety of the general public, contractors and other employees.
  • Effective customer interaction and resolution skills.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to pass PE Fusion certificate.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be able to perform the requirements of this position, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Can meet the physical demands of standing, walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, balancing, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, feeling, talking, hearing, tasting/smelling, near and far acuity, depth perception, color vision and field of vision.
  • Lifting – Occasionally 40+ lbs. up to 30 feet (rare); and occasionally side lifting.
  • Lifting tools, equipment and appliances floor to waist, overhead, waist to shoulder.
  • Prolonged loaded and unloaded forward flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation of the neck and spine are required.
  • Reaching – occasionally above and below shoulder height.
  • Ability to navigate uneven surfaces to and from vehicle and site work, transmission line patrol requiring walking distances up to miles in all terrains, in all types of weather.
  • Must be adaptable to extreme temperature climates inside and outside.
  • Ability to manipulate and grasp hand tools while in a repetitive motion.
  • Ability to operate equipment.
  • Ability to be fitted for a use of respirator.


The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment.  Job descriptions may and do change periodically.  Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

We are an EEO Employer

We offer an attractive salary based on qualifications with competitive benefits and a supportive professional work environment.

How to apply: Click here to apply


Black Hills Corp- Utility Construction Planning Manager (Fountain, CO)

Job Title: Utility Construction Planning Manager  (31114)
Job Description:
Job Specifications
 

SALARY RANGE:   $75,000 – $97,530
Base salary is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

CLOSING DATE:   This position will close on October 11, 2017.

LOCATION:   Fountain, CO

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Provide leadership and direct supervision of Utility Construction Planners and Specialists. Ensure projects are effectively prioritized and implemented. Accountable for ensuring that tariffs are consistently applied throughout the state and that direct reports are utilizing software and processes consistently. Ensure capital and maintenance projects are planned such that projects can be accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner. Ensure consistency and compliance with Black Hills Energy (BHE) standards, customer service policies and procedures.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Director (State Operations)

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide direct supervision of Utility Construction Planners and Specialists to ensure consistent deliverables.
  • Ensure customers are provided with superior service in accordance with BHE policies and procedures.
  • Ensure work is planned such that construction can be accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Understand and ensure implementation of Company processes, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that designs, estimates, and construction prints meet BHE processes and standards, by review and approval of work orders.
  • Communicate and provide consistent training for Planners in industry and BHE’s regulatory processes, policies, and standards.
  • Provide leadership, partnership and communication between BHE departments, along with other BHC entities.
  • Regularly provide feedback to direct reports, coaching and developing employees for optimum performance.
  • Promote learning and self-empowerment of others to maximize their potential.
  • Develop a culture of learning, development, and trusting relationships with direct reports. 
  • Provide leadership, direction, guidance, training, and effective communication to develop and mentor work group.
  • Monitor budgets and spending within the department. 
  • Monitor actual vs. estimated cost on capital work orders and explain/justify variances.
  • Document significant variances and search for ways to continuously improve the department and company.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement on estimating projects.
  • Lead or co-lead design function of major, unique, and sensitive projects. Communicate with business development team.
  • Provide input for Capital/O&M budget creation and prioritization.
  • Work to ensure all work orders are placed in-service and closed in a timely manner.
  • Provide oversight and management of customer contracts, contributions in aid of construction, refundable construction deposits, and technical services agreements as needed.
  • Ensure 3rd Party Damage estimates are accurate, consistent and in accordance with Company processes.
  • Assist with third party construction contract negotiations as needed.
  • Be proactive in safety and promote a culture of safety.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Understand and be able to communicate marketing programs and policies to direct reports.
  • Review, implement and maintain feasibility models.
  • Perform and manage special projects that may be assigned.
  • Assist with PUC audits as needed.
  • Provide backup for local Operations Supervisor(s) and Managers as needed.
  • Assist with storm/outage restoration as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Open communication and reporting to local Operations, key accounts/growth team, and BHE management team.
  • Positive working relationships with local operations personnel, supply chain, engineering, and other BHE support staff.
  • Positive working relationships and communications with local community and customers served.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Excellent project management skills and ability to monitor multiple projects concurrently.
  • Minimum five (5) years utility industry experience required.
  • Three (3) or more years of management experience preferred.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or related field preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of electrical/natural gas standards for construction, methods, and materials.
  • Knowledge of cost estimating and variance reporting.
  • General knowledge of rates, marketing programs and customer service programs offered by BHE.
  • Knowledge of BHE safety policies and procedures preferred.

SKILLS/ABILITY/OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact in a team environment.
  • Ability to maintain proficiency with new systems and software as technology evolves.
  • Leadership skills and ability to participate in cross functional utility teams.
  • Strong attention to detail with ability to document and track multiple projects and work goals.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications, and trade related software (GIS Mapping, Work Order Estimating, and Customer Information Systems).
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with employees, customers, and contractors.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and direct the work of employees in a safe and efficient manner.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Available to provide off-hours support as required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to perform the requirements of this position, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

 

The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment.  Job descriptions may and do change periodically.  Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.
We are an EEO Employer

We offer an attractive salary based on qualifications with competitive benefits and a supportive professional work environment.

How to apply: Click here to apply


Black Hills Corp- Utility Construction Specialist (Fountain, CO)

Job Title: Utility Construction Specialist  (31115)
Job Description:
Job Specifications
 

PAY RANGE:    $22 – $28 per hour
Base pay is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities.

CLOSING DATE:   This position will close on October 11, 2017.

LOCATION:   Fountain, CO

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Design, estimate and manage the construction activities for basic residential customer construction services. Complete forms, design services, update inventory of parts in appropriate electronic system and create customer accounts. Ensure that customer accounts are set up correctly and that tariffs are consistently applied.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:    Manager Utility Construction Planning

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Design, estimate and manage the construction activities for basic residential customer construction services. Complete necessary forms, design services, update inventory of parts in appropriate electronic systems and create customer accounts.
  • Review job types/work in Service Request tool and assign appropriately
  • Utilize various computer programs to prepare estimates and design basic electrical and gas construction jobs including new services, maintenance (including service line replacements and retirements) and third party damages.
  • Ensure that all work on assigned projects is planned so that construction can be accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner. Enter orders in system in order to be scheduled.
  • Explain company construction policies and procedures to customers and work with customers to best satisfy needs.
  • Assist with storm restoration as needed.
  • Provide backup for Utility Construction Planners on work order preparation, customer contact, technical assistance
  • Work with other departments to schedule construction of customer jobs to ensure that customer needs are satisfied to the greatest degree possible.  Coordinate with customer, internal field crews and contractors.
  • Write work orders for 3rd Party Damages 
  • Manage personal area lighting and municipal light installation projects
  • Assure that electric and gas construction complies with company and industry codes and standards.
  • Assure that contractors hired comply with company and OSHA safety rules.
  • Monitor actual cost vs. estimated cost on all work orders; explain and justify significant variances.
  • Assure that company policies, construction standards, work practices and safety practices are followed.
  • Monitor electric and gas crew’s work schedule to maintain efficient use of crews
  • Ensure accurate mapping of facilities
  • Code and approve contractor job invoices

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote culture of safety, compliance, teamwork and continuous improvement.
  • Perform and manage special projects that may be assigned.
  • Exercise appropriate level of independent judgment on Company proprietary and confidential matters.
  • Provide support to other areas of the Company as requested or assigned.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Maintain positive working relationships with all Company employees.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience required.
  • Experience in a utility environment in the areas of construction preferred.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field preferred.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Knowledge of construction design software.

SKILLS/ABILITY/OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, multi-task environment as a collaborative team member.
  • Independent, well-organized, self-starter and able to adapt to change.
  • Ability to develop and implement work processes which contribute to increased efficiencies.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to accurately resolve customer complaints in a diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to professionally interface with customers and individuals across the organization.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to understand and utilize continuous improvement tools and concepts.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to perform the requirements of this position, with or without a reasonable accommodation.


The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment.  Job descriptions may and do change periodically.  Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

We are an EEO employer

We offer an attractive salary based on qualifications with competitive benefits and a supportive professional work environment.

How to apply: Click here to apply


Black Hills Corp- Utilility Construction Specialist (Monument, CO)

Job Title: Utility Construction Specialist  (31116)
Job Description:
Job Specifications
 

PAY RANGE:    $22 – $28 per hour
Base pay is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities.

CLOSING DATE:   This position will close on October 11, 2017.

LOCATION:   Monument, CO

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Design, estimate and manage the construction activities for basic residential customer construction services. Complete forms, design services, update inventory of parts in appropriate electronic system and create customer accounts. Ensure that customer accounts are set up correctly and that tariffs are consistently applied.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:    Manager Utility Construction Planning

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Design, estimate and manage the construction activities for basic residential customer construction services. Complete necessary forms, design services, update inventory of parts in appropriate electronic systems and create customer accounts.
  • Review job types/work in Service Request tool and assign appropriately
  • Utilize various computer programs to prepare estimates and design basic electrical and gas construction jobs including new services, maintenance (including service line replacements and retirements) and third party damages.
  • Ensure that all work on assigned projects is planned so that construction can be accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner. Enter orders in system in order to be scheduled.
  • Explain company construction policies and procedures to customers and work with customers to best satisfy needs.
  • Assist with storm restoration as needed.
  • Provide backup for Utility Construction Planners on work order preparation, customer contact, technical assistance
  • Work with other departments to schedule construction of customer jobs to ensure that customer needs are satisfied to the greatest degree possible.  Coordinate with customer, internal field crews and contractors.
  • Write work orders for 3rd Party Damages 
  • Manage personal area lighting and municipal light installation projects
  • Assure that electric and gas construction complies with company and industry codes and standards.
  • Assure that contractors hired comply with company and OSHA safety rules.
  • Monitor actual cost vs. estimated cost on all work orders; explain and justify significant variances.
  • Assure that company policies, construction standards, work practices and safety practices are followed.
  • Monitor electric and gas crew’s work schedule to maintain efficient use of crews
  • Ensure accurate mapping of facilities
  • Code and approve contractor job invoices

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote culture of safety, compliance, teamwork and continuous improvement.
  • Perform and manage special projects that may be assigned.
  • Exercise appropriate level of independent judgment on Company proprietary and confidential matters.
  • Provide support to other areas of the Company as requested or assigned.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Maintain positive working relationships with all Company employees.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience required.
  • Experience in a utility environment in the areas of construction preferred.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field preferred.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Knowledge of construction design software.

SKILLS/ABILITY/OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, multi-task environment as a collaborative team member.
  • Independent, well-organized, self-starter and able to adapt to change.
  • Ability to develop and implement work processes which contribute to increased efficiencies.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to accurately resolve customer complaints in a diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to professionally interface with customers and individuals across the organization.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to understand and utilize continuous improvement tools and concepts.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to perform the requirements of this position, with or without a reasonable accommodation.


The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment.  Job descriptions may and do change periodically.  Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

We are an EEO employer

We offer an attractive salary based on qualifications with competitive benefits and a supportive professional work environment.

How to apply: Click here to apply