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Hydro Operator

Date:  Nov 28, 2022
Job ID:  3106

Snoqualmie, WA, US, 98065

Remote and Hybrid Work Opportunities:  Field Based

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with top talented individuals like you!  With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.


PSE's Policy & Energy Supply team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Hydro Operator position!
Specific details regarding the work arrangements for this position will be discussed in further detail during the interview process.

Job Description

The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project is PSE’s oldest power-generating operation and the world’s first completely underground power plant. More than a century after its construction, the facility still produces clean, cost-effective electricity for PSE customers. In addition, the hydroelectric project’s public park and trails have for decades been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular scenic destinations, drawing approximately 2 million visitors annually to view the majestic, 270-foot waterfall. In 2013, the facility completed a four-year redevelopment, which included substantial upgrades and enhancements to the power-generating infrastructure and public recreational facilities.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Primary duties are to operate and inspect equipment associated with Power Plant Operation.
  2. Additional duties include minor maintenance and maintenance when plant is shut down or otherwise out of service.
  3. Direct the activities of others as assigned.
  4. Be responsible for time reporting, station logs and other reports as required.
  5. Must be within range of communications equipment at all times during duty periods.
  6. Operators may be required, depending on facility, to respond within thirty (30) minutes to the power plant to perform any required duties. Company housing is not available at this time.
  7. Perform similar and incidental duties as required.
  8. This position responds to plant emergencies and contains some irregular work schedules and overtime hours.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicant must be a Hydro Electrician, Hydro Mechanic, or its equivalent and be proficient in using the tools and equipment of the trade as related to hydro-electric work.
  • Must have working knowledge of operational, mechanical and electrical fundamentals as pertains to utility systems.
  • Must have organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively with Company personnel, Service Providers, Contractors, other utilities, State and Federal agencies and the public when applicable.
  • Must attend training sessions and successfully complete formal training as furnished by the Company and others.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • This position requires the employee to obtain and maintain a First Aid, CPR and AED Certificate each within 30 days. Training will be provided.
  • This position requires the employee to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL A) with air and other necessary endorsements. Training will be provided.
  • Employees must have a working knowledge and comply with all Company standards, policies, practices, procedures and State and Federal regulations as they pertain to the job.

Additional Information

Job Conditions and Physical Efforts:

The duties and responsibilities are generally performed in both indoor and outdoor environments. The position involves sitting, standing, walking, moderate to heavy lifting, moderate carrying, bending, reaching, kneeling, twisting, balancing and climbing, operation of light equipment, tools and machinery and operation of heavy equipment and machinery.

Performance of the position requires working in varied outdoor environments such as all weather conditions, all noise levels, hazardous conditions and on the full range of outdoor work surfaces. The use of protective clothing and safety devices is required. May require driving of automobiles/vans/trucks.


Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams. Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873. Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy.


At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer an expansive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, and an employee assistance and wellness program.


Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law.


Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at or 425-462-3017.

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