Anyone interested in being considered for employment with Black River MUST have a current application on file. Applications and resumes can be emailed to: or mailed to:  Human Resources, Black River, PO Box 130, Sumter, SC 29151.


Current Openings:

First Class Lineman

Essential Job Functions

  • Communicate verbally and understand audible signals in emergency/safety situations
  • Interact with and provide exceptional service to our membership
  • Maintains three phase system to include 7.2/12.47 kv
  • Troubleshoot electrical outages, power quality and complete installation and maintenance work related to all aspects of electric distribution and transmission systems
  • Perform rubber gloving work for safely working with primary/high-voltage and low-voltage lines and equipment
  • Install and retire overhead and underground electric lines
  • Perform sustained work at heights including ladder work, climbing and working from poles, and bucket work
  • Repair and install street lights
  • Frame, install, or replace poles
  • Maintain lines and support structures in substations
  • Operate heavy equipment including diggers, trenchers, back hoes, and bucket trucks
  • Remove tree limbs near electric lines
  • Work overtime outside of scheduled hours, participating in on-call duty rotation schedule, in response to acute and/ or planned service needs
  • Complete documentation for project planning and completion
  • Act as a Lead Lineman or Foreman as needed
  • Respond from home to primary work location within a reasonable amount of time
  • Perform service and member service work including disconnects and reconnects
  • Locate buried lines including electric and gas underground services
  • Meter Reading and associated meter reading processes
  • Organize equipment and perform regular and preventative maintenance

General Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Journeyman (First Class) Lineman Certification or proof of completion of equivalent training and/or experience
  • Two or more years of relevant work experience as a Journeyman Lineman, Class A Lineman, or First Class Power Lineman
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret electrical/distribution circuits, staking sheets and work orders
  • Ability to climb utility poles and work from elevated surfaces
  • Ability to work for prolonged periods of time in personal protective equipment
  • Ability to effectively communicate with coworkers, members and the public
  • Experience with underground line work, including URD systems and cables, fault location and repair, and switching
  • Bucket truck and pole top rescue certification and/or valid proof of completion
  • Commitment to safe working practices and knowledge of safety policies/procedures
  • Must have basic computer skills and be able to adapt to technological changes as they are implemented
  • Strong Lineman underground craftwork skills, including inline splices, terminations and elbows
  • Valid Commercial driver’s license and satisfactory driving record
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Safe work record and a firm commitment to safety
  • Able and willing to travel on a regular basis
  • Able to lift, push, pull and carry at least 75 lbs.
  • Requires frequent sitting, standing and walking, and exposure to seasonal elements
  • May be required to stand, kneel and work in confined spaces for an extended period of time, and must be able to fit into a confined space rescue harness

This full-time position offers a competitive hourly wage and comprehensive benefit package.


All employees must live within our service area.  There is no relocation benefit provided.


Click below for a copy of our employment application:

Employment Application