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Utility Specialist

Location: Cody, WY, United States
Job ID: 34196
Date Posted: Jun 6, 2022
Salary: $21.08 to $31.75 hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

The Utility Specialist position is primarily focused on learning the natural gas utility and locating underground gas facilities.  This position provides many growth opportunities to learn and develop skills within the field of natural gas operations and maintenance.

WAGE RANGE:  $21.08 - $31.75  (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:    Operations Supervisor

LOCATION:  Cody, Wyoming

  • Must live within 30 min from reporting location.


  • Locate underground facilities.
  • Report gas leaks on service lines, broken meters and service seals which are observed in the course of work. 
  • Installation of Natural Gas meters.
  • Promote safety in all phases of the operations.
  • Perform leak detection.
  • Promote the Company service plans.
  • Provide requested after hours (on-call) services as required.


  • Provide operational support to install, remove and replace gas meters, complete meter routines and turn-on and shut-off activities as needed.
  • Contact customers concerning collection on delinquent accounts as needed.
  • May receive company training in gas operations or appliance repair.


  • No experience required. Training provided.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.


  • Familiarity of Black Hills service territory and the surrounding area.
  • Ability to accurately read meters and enter reads on keyboard.
  • Good customer relation skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and work where needed.
  • Computer skills desirable.
  • Excellent team and interpersonal skills required.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in a field job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description:  Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously moves about the office and the job sites and operates machines and equipment. Employee frequently accesses low and high areas with additional equipment, ascends/descends stairs, maintains coordination, and engages in repetitive motions (kneeling, reaching). Employee may occasionally use a respiraor. Employee operates job related equipment and tools. Employee routinely performs this work for an average of 8-10 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Regular, reliable, and timely attendance is expected.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include heavy work. Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Work environment:  Occasionally perform work indoors and routinely perform work outdoors in sometimes inclement weather with moderate to high noise level. Worker may be subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height or close quarters (i.e. crawl spaces, small enclosed rooms, narrow aisles of passageways). Willing to travel occasionally (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package!  Annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

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

Wage: 21.08 to 31.75
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