Employment

Are you interested in a career in the electric utility industry? Bookmark this page and check back often for opportunities at Otter Tail Power Company.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  

To apply online:

  1. Go to the Otter Tail Corporation jobs page.
  2. Browse open jobs to find Otter Tail Power Company listings.
  3. You must create an account and submit your resume to Otter Tail Corporation.
  4. Your resume will remain on file and you may update your resume at any time.

To contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or if you need assistance completing the application process, please email otpjobopps@otpco.com.

Current Openings 

Land Specialist

Location

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Responsibilities

The Land Specialist works as part of a project team from supporting line route selection through damage claim settlement for high voltage electric transmission and distribution lines. Land Rights and Permitting is responsible for acquisition and disposal of all land and land rights acquired or granted by Otter Tail Power Company for a variety of projects such as substations, tower sites, plants, etc. Also, this group is a constant source of information and assistance to all Customer Service Centers in their efforts to design and build the company’s electric distribution system. The person filling this position will travel to all parts of the company’s service territory which will require overnight stay, sometimes a week or longer depending on the project need.  This person could be out of the office approximately 50 percent of the time. Many days during the year require work beyond 40 hours per week and non-traditional hours to meet with landowners, city or township governments, or commission-directed meetings, which are part of the routing/siting process.

Qualifications

Excellent communication and negotiating skills, working knowledge of the general operation of the electric transmission, and distribution systems, plus a working knowledge of the transfer of real estate title and rights. The candidate must have excellent computer skills, strong problem solving capabilities, self-directed time management skills, able to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, and operate in a negative environment at times with difficult landowners. Must be able to think independently, have strong problem solving capabilities, good interpersonal relationship skills, and be stress tolerant. A working knowledge of land survey methods, legal land surveys, county and township government operations and ordinances, GIS is important.

Resume deadline

May 13, 2016

Journeyman or Apprentice Lineman

Location

Langdon, North Dakota

Responsibilities

Erect, maintain or repair overhead and underground electrical distribution and transmission systems and substations; where necessary, frame and erect poles and attach necessary fixtures and equipment; string, sag and splice conductors (wires) and connect transformers and other equipment; trim trees, replace such equipment as broken insulators, split crossarms, cutouts, ties, faulty clamps or braces; perform similar replacement or repair work as necessary to clear up storm damage.

Qualifications

Must have a diploma from an accredited line worker program and a valid unrestricted interstate commercial driver’s license. Must have knowledge of electric line construction, maintenance and repair. Must be able to work outdoors in any weather, be able to climb, have complete knowledge of safety rules and be capable of getting along well with others. Successful applicant will be expected to reside within 17 miles of permanent headquarters in Langdon, ND.

Resume deadline

May 13, 2016

Tax Accountant

Location

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Responsibilities

Responsible for property valuation and property tax assessment processes. Includes preparation and filing of required annual property cost reports for each state, verifying property location and original cost, and review of state assessment calculations. Review property tax statements (County, City, Township, School District, Other) for correctness and process for timely payment. Prepare and maintain property tax expense budget and long range forecast. Liaison to State and Local property tax officials in negotiating reasonable valuations of company property and correctly applying local tax rates on Company property. Assist with determination, calculation, compliance and accounting of income taxes and sales / use tax laws that apply to Company operations. Filing and payment of miscellaneous taxes as assigned (other than payroll taxes).  Respond to requests for accounting information and interpretation of accounting data.  Perform other accounting work as assigned.

Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance or equivalent is required. While CPA certification is not required, it is preferred and encouraged. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated expert skills to build and use electronic spreadsheets, pivot tables and database extractions. Analytical, statistical, intuitive, and communication skills are required to work effectively with both internal and external parties. Seeking candidate with knowledge of state property taxation process, but not required. Must have awareness of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), FERC Uniform System of Accounts, Federal tax code, and the ability to comprehend the related financial and accounting implications of utility operations.

Resume deadline

May 13, 2016

Receptionist, Part-time, Job Share

Location

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Responsibilities

Answer all switchboard calls and perform administrative duties.  This part-time job share position will require the ability to adapt easily to schedule changes, and be flexible and cooperative in a job share environment.

Qualifications

An associate’s degree in Administrative Assistant coursework or demonstrated experience is preferred. Requires excellent administrative assistant, organizational, communication, and interpersonal relationship skills.  Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and related computer software is required. 

Resume deadline

May 09, 2016

BSSE Business Coordinator

Location

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Responsibilities

Assist in project management activities including billing, budget preparation and updates, progress tracking, and report writing/production. Organize and lead minor aspects of a the project, such as, tracking contractor contract requirements and work being completed, vendor damage reconciliation, material inventory, financial reconciliation, and action items. This will include monitoring payment schedules, progress tracking and reporting requirements to ensure that projects are managed within budget and on schedule. Support other project requirements. Perform budgeting activities to include project capital, expense and revenue budgets.. Track funding of the Escrow fund and notify project team of potential shortfalls.. Gather contract requirements such as lien waivers and partial lien waivers. Establish and maintain invoice and payment schedules.

Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or equivalent work experience is required. Must have excellent communication and computer skills; be detailed oriented, capable of managing similar tasks across several projects and meet deadlines; understand budgets, forecasts, cash flows, cash commitments, project accounting, billing processes, and administration of construction funds. Requires long term focus of project requirements. Must be able to manage project schedules without supervision.

Resume deadline

May 06, 2016

Service Representative/Journeyman Lineman

Location

Jamestown, North Dakota

Qualifications

Applicants must be sufficiently qualified as a Journeyman or well-qualified Apprentice Lineman with a minimum four years of experience and be able to do necessary emergency repair work. Must have knowledge of electric line construction, maintenance, and repair. Must be able to assume responsibilities for area operations, maintain favorable public relations, and supervise and instruct assistants as necessary. Must have a valid unrestricted interstate commercial driver’s license.

Successful applicant will be expected to reside within 17 miles of permanent headquarters in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Resume deadline

May 09, 2016

Employment Testing

We administer aptitude and skills tests to job candidates for some positions. Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an association of investor-owned utilities across the United States, developed many of the tests. EEI Practice Tests (login required) are available to help learn about and prepare for these pre-employment tests.