Emerald People's Utility District (EPUD) believes in supporting our community by hiring locally. It's hiring team members from the communities we serve that allows us to provide the most efficient service to our customers. Crews located in and around EPUD's service territory provide the quickest response times during outages and emergencies. Hiring locally also provides an excellent way for the utility to invest in community growth and the health of the local economy.
This commitment to community is also behind EPUD's push to develop the next generation of utility workers. By offering scholarships, job shadows, and occasional internships, EPUD has the opportunity to work with students and promote careers in the electric utility industry—careers that offer interesting and exciting work with competitive salaries and benefits. With more local students choosing electric utility careers, we ensure our choice to hire locally continues into the future.
To protect the health and safety of our customers, employees, and community during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, our job shadow and internship programs have been temporarily suspended. We look forward to offering these programs again as soon as it is safe to do so.
EPUD offers job shadows to raise awareness about careers in the utility industry and encourage interested persons to begin training. When this program reopens, job shadows will again be available year-round in all aspects of utility work. Job shadows are recommended for those looking to learn more about utility careers.
Internships are available on occasion to help students get hands-on utility experience and see if the industry is right for them personally. EPUD partners with local high schools, community colleges, and Oregon universities to recruit interns for various departments in the utility. When internships are available, EPUD works with these local partners to find candidates who are well suited for the position and have interest in the possibility of a future utility career.