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 Electric, PO Box 130, Sumter, SC 29151.

Black River Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a critical infrastructure employer.  We do not currently offer any remote (work from home) positions.

Although critical infrastructure employers have an obligation to manage the continuation of work, we endeavor to respond to COVID-19 in a way that best protects the health of workers and the general public by following S.C. DHEC guidelines for essential workers.

It is the preference of the cooperative that all employees live within Lee, Clarendon, Kershaw or Sumter counties.  This preference is based on community involvement and responsiveness of employees as it relates to the service (including after hours and emergency response) we are expected to provide to our membership. *Response time to an employee’s respective on-call duty location shall not exceed 50 minutes.*

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Current Openings:

Engineering Coordinator

Under regular supervision, provides assistance to the engineering department in handling daily activities which involves such duties as maintaining computer programs, dispatching, printing staking sheets and pick tickets, completing service orders, assisting members, etc. Also assists during storms/outages and performs dispatch call duty when required. Reports to the Engineering Manager.

Essential Job Functions
• Assists with the maintenance of various computer programs utilized in achieving engineering functions
• Relieves the dispatcher as needed and/or performs the daily duties of the dispatcher.
• Completes various service orders in Meridian
• Dispatches outages via the Outage Management System (OMS).
• Obtains meter information for various needs via Command Center
• Receives calls from members and provides information and assistance in services and various needs
• Utilizes Partner Maps to aid the service and engineering dept. as needed
• Performs functions via RTACs to assist field crews as needed with recloser operations
• Prints staking sheets and pick tickets and assembles packet to send to warehouse for construction
• Assists during storms and outages
• Performs the duties of the On-call dispatcher when required
• Operates various types of office equipment to include a computer system, calculator, plotter, copier, fax machine, etc

Additional Job Functions
Assists the VP of Engineering & Operations and Engineering Manager in compiling data for reports and other pertinent administrative needs.  Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Training and Experience
Requires a high school diploma or equivalent and some vocational training in general business or secretarial science with a minimum of at least four years’ experience in an administrative or member service position or some familiarity of electrical service or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities.

*Associate’s degree or higher preferred.

Physical Requirements
Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including computer, printer, copier, plotter, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Work involves fingering, feeling, reaching, and handling for short periods.

Knowledge of Job
Has considerable knowledge of the practices, procedures, rules and regulations of the department pertaining to the specific duties of the Engineering Aide. Has basic understanding of drafting and mapping principles. Is capable of providing assistance in troubleshooting service problems and dispatching crews to solve problems. Has a solid understanding of computer programs operations and is able to maintain various programs for the department. Is able to communicate effectively with others both in person and over the telephone in a clear and concise manner. Has the ability to compile, organize, prepare, and maintain an assortment of records, reports, and related information. Has comprehensive knowledge of terminology used within the department. Is able to complete mathematical calculations as needed. Is able to provide assistance and guidance to members and other individuals and groups having contact with the department. Is able to use and apply independent judgment and discretion to perform tasks in routine and non-routine situations. Has the ability to learn and apply new skills needed in order to promote efficient completion of duties. Has good organizational, drafting, mapping and human relations skills.


Member Services Trainee

Under regular supervision provides member services through such duties as posting payments received, maintaining and reconciling cash drawers and providing information. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Posts payments, counts cash, remits correct change, and validates receipts for payments made for all account holders (members, employees, agencies, etc).
  • Responsible for security of cash drawers, kiosk night deposit and vault. Maintains keys for cash drawers, change drawers, cabinet, and counter.
  • Balance drawers daily to proper amount.
  • Answers phone calls directed to the Cashier area.
  • Greets lobby members and directs them to the proper department.
  • Records various information to update accounts
  • Provides back-up assistance to various member service areas, after adequate training in Member Services.
  • Answers outage and high-volume overflow calls, after adequate training.
  • Operates a variety of office equipment to include a computer, calculator, printer, fax machine, phone system, typewriter, postage machine, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as required. 

Additional Job Functions

Attends and participates in employee meetings, Cooperative annual meeting, and other meetings of public interest.  Also attends various meetings sponsored by affiliated organizations and other seminars or programs designated by supervisor to have a direct and relevant impact on the performance of “Essential Job Functions.”  Performs other related duties as required


Requires a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum of one year cashiering, member service or related experience with knowledge of utility functions, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

*Associate’s degree or higher preferred.


All Black River Electric Cooperative employees are required to adhere to co-op safety standards, directly related to OSHA guidelines.

Black River Electric Cooperative, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.