Employment Opportunities


Employment Opportunities

Salem Electric is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual preference.


Salem Electric has an opening for the following positions.


Engineering Internship

Salem Electric has a job opening for an engineering internship to assist Salem Electric’s Engineering & Operations Department as needed. This position will start as soon as the selected applicant is available and end when fall term starts, or September 30, 2023. 

This is a temporary position, paid at an hourly rate, with no additional benefits. The work schedule is typically Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but may be adjusted to fit Salem Electric’s or the applicant’s needs. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, able to work outside in all weather, lift up to 50 pounds, and possess a valid driver’s license. Requires a high school diploma or equivalent, and either current enrollment in an engineering related degree, or a background in engineering studies.

To Apply: 
Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@SalemElectric.com, or mail to Salem Electric, ATN: HR Coordinator, PO Box 5588, Salem, OR 97304. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 7.

Journeyman Lineman

Salem Electric is an electric cooperative, serving approximately 19,000 members in a compact service area located in the Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon. Salem Electric lineworkers are members of the IBEW Local 125 union.

Journey level line workers are members of a crew and work to install, repair, and maintain electrical power systems. Work is performed on energized and de-energized overhead and underground lines ranging from 120 volts to 115,000 volts.

Salem Electric is an equal opportunity employer and offers an excellent benefit package. Current journeyman lineman rate is $60.90/hour, and is based on the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Essential job functions include preparing and setting line poles, structures, and towers, and troubleshooting, repairing, or replacing insulators, overhead and underground transformers, switches, faulted cables, defective high and low voltage conductors, wires, equipment, and other related hardware. Hot sticking experience is required.

Applicants must have a journeyman lineman card, possess a valid First Aid/CPR card and an Oregon Class A CDL, or the ability to obtain one within 30 days. The successful candidate must pass a skills test. In addition, the candidate must pass a drug screening test and background check after a conditional offer of employment is extended. This position is part of a regular on call rotation and must reside within a 30-minute response time to Salem Electric headquarters.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@salemelectric.com, or mail to Salem Electric, ATN: HR Coordinator, PO Box 5588, Salem, OR 97304. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 31.



Reasons to Consider an Electric Cooperative Career

  • A Paycheck with a Purpose—An electric co-op is a different kind of business. We’re built and led by the members we serve. We provide affordable, reliable energy that is critical to our community. 
  • We’re Local—We serve our neighbors, family, and friends. Our members have a voice in how the co-op is run, and we make sustainable investments in the community we share. We support local businesses and organizations, and create jobs and economic activity here at home. 
  • We’re Looking Ahead—Advances in energy technologies and opportunities will change the way we use electricity. When you work at an electric cooperative, you are part of a team that creates innovative, sustainable energy solutions for the people in our community. 
  • We Put People First—We respect diversity and transparency–it makes us stronger. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, while maintaining a friendly work environment. 
  • We’re Part of a Movement—When you work at Salem Electric, you’re part of something bigger: Our co-op requires a variety of skill sets across all education levels. And while we’re focused on our local community, you’ll join and collaborate with a national network of nearly 900 cooperatives in 48 states. 
  • We’re Invested in You—We support your professional growth, development, and success with internal and external training opportunities. Co-op employees deliver a valuable service to our communities, and they’re rewarded for that dedication with competitive pay, health insurance, and retirement benefits.
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