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:

Accounting Clerk


Under regular supervision is responsible for the activities relating to the position of Accounting Clerk. Such responsibilities include but are not limited to accounts payable, other accounts receivable, handling checks, invoices, spreadsheets, reconciliations, forms, and assistance to Accountant. Is directly responsible for processing and handling all related reporting and administrative activities. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in appropriate field and at least 1 year of Accounts Payable experience in an office environment.  Must have proven ability to complete tasks with efficiency while maintaining high accuracy.  Must have demonstrated the ability to maintain confidentiality while handling sensitive information. Must be experienced in Microsoft Excel with excellent data entry skills. Must have any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Prepares invoices for payment by coding with correct vendor number, GL numbers and adding new vendors as needed before forwarding to Accountant for review.
  • Keys all invoices distributing to appropriate GL with descriptions, details of charges by line item. Scans and links A/P files.
  • Prepares easement invoices.
  • Bills members for underground service and/or aid in construction and other miscellaneous charges.
  • Responsible for daily balancing and totaling of Cash Balancing Sheets from Cashier area for Accountant.
  • Processes returned checks, drafts, and credit card payments. Creating and uploads cleared check files for general Funds, General Capital Credit, and Discount Capital Credit bank accounts.
  • Assists with Discount Capital Credit program by attempting to locate former members for preparation and mailing of NPV forms and inactive letters. Voids undeliverable returned capital credit checks. Reissues unclaimed capital credits monthly.
  • Maintains and reconciles G/L accounts for Flex Savings, 401K loans, employee insurance deductions, special equipment, employee A/R and retiree insurance on a monthly basis.
  • Enters journal entries for Flex savings account. Performs monthly reconciliation of Bank Statements to the General Ledger for General Funds, & First Palmetto
  • Prepares monthly A/P inventory report for Accountant Review.
  • Supports Accounting Manager in preparing Abandoned Property return for uncashed Refund and Unclaimed Capital Credits checks.
  • Assists Accounting Manager in completing people searches for last known address, prepares and mails due diligence letters, and processes reports to appropriate states.
  • Assists Safety Director by maintaining vehicle mileage reports.
  • Serves as backup in absence of Accountant by processing A/P checks. Provides assistance to Accountant as needed.
  • Assist with member service calls during major outages or que events during MS short staffing situations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Additional Job Functions

Miscellaneous duties as directed by the Accounting Manager.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated office machines including typewriter, calculator, copier, computer, 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. Position involves mostly sedentary work, but may require walking, standing, reaching, or stooping for brief periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of up to twenty pounds.

Knowledge of Job

Has general knowledge of the principles, practices, goals, and programs of the Cooperative as they relate to the duties of the position of Accounting Clerk. Is knowledgeable of basic accounting functions and ensures accurate calculations and record completion. Is capable of ensuring the efficient and accurate completion of related documents and reports. Has the ability to operate basic office machinery and equipment. Has the ability to apply principles of rational and influence systems when performing such activities as data entry, developing statistical reports, coordinating personnel related activities and providing overall management to the staff. Is able to make sound, educated decisions. Is able to effectively communicate with various types of groups, individuals such as co-workers, supervisor, servicemen, and the general public. Is able to use discretion in carrying out duties and responsibilities. Has the mathematical ability to carry out needed calculations accurately and quickly. Has the ability to utilize a variety of types of office equipment. Has the ability to perform duties under stressful conditions related to meeting deadlines, making sure that work is done accurately and in a timely manner, and dealing with employees and the general public. Has good human relations and technical skills.



(apprentice or experienced)

This position requires continuous learning, on-the job training, classroom/coursework and testing related to linework and safety.

Work Conditions:

  • Work location is predominantly outside in the field, performing work in all weather conditions. Required to work in extreme weather conditions such as but not limited to rain, snow, sleet, heat, etc.
  • Position requires on call work at various times which may include every day and night – 7 days a week.
  • Position requires working at high elevations. Climbing poles, working in a bucket and climbing ladders.
  • Position requires ground work, digging and operation of heavy equipment of large trucks.
  • Routine use of hand tools and routine lifting of heavy equipment. Possible lifting up to 100lbs on occasion.
  • Frequent handling of materials.

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 to safely work with primary/high-voltage and low-voltage lines and equipment
  • Install and retire overhead and underground electric lines
  • Perform sustained work at heights (up to 60 ft) including climbing and working from poles, bucket work and ladder 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
  • 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
  • This position requires continuous learning, on-the job training, classroom/coursework and may include study and testing related to linework and safety.

General Qualifications:

**A Class CDL preferred.**

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 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
  • Commitment to safe working practices
  • Must have basic computer skills and be able to adapt to technological changes as they are implemented
  • Valid Commercial driver’s license and satisfactory driving record or ability to obtain CDL within year of employment
  • 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, walking and climbing, 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.

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.