Current job openings are listed below:


JUNE 12, 2013



The SIEC Board of Directors invites expressions of interest from senior electric utility professionals for the position of General Manager. SIEC, incorporated in 1949, serves about 550 accounts on Swan’s Island and 50 accounts on Long Island. Electricity is provided via submarine cable from the mainland and between the two islands. Both islands are located between Jericho Bay and Blue Hill Bay off the coast of Mount Desert Island home to Acadia National Park. Our cooperative has enjoyed two years of steadily improving financial performance and quality of service. Ongoing and anticipated activities include the implementation of an $800,000 pole replacement program, cost of service study, rate case process before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, and succession planning for long term staff. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and include a housing stipend.


Swan’s Island is located six miles off the coast of Maine and is served by a 17-car, year-round State Ferry with about five round trips per day. The Island enjoys a vibrant lobster fishery and construction / property management industry supporting a significant seasonal population. The year- round population of 350 swells to nearly 1,000 during the summer. Services include a new million dollar library, a modern elementary school K-8, a Nursery School, a year round general store, post office, and new Medical Clinic. Amenities include an annual music festival, an active historical society, visits from Maine’s historic Schooner Fleet, and an authentic Maine Lighthouse undergoing restoration. Visit our SIEC website at http://swansislandelectric.com/home.html.


Please submit your letter of application, resume and three business references to Ed Schwabe, Chairperson SIEC Board of Directors, Swans Island Electric Cooperative, PO Box 14, Swan’s Island, ME 04685 or email: edschwabe@hotmail.com


March 27, 2013




Reports To:  General Manager


Hours:  full time; 8 hours / day; all working days except national holidays


Salary Range:  

1.     $30-35/ hour base rate up to 8 hours/day and/or 40 hours/week

2.     Hours in excess of 40 hours/week and emergency call out hours outside of normal business hours shall be paid at 1.5 x base rate



1.     health insurance (family or individual)

2.     housing stipend @ $500/month

3.     retirement saving plan

4.     moving stipend

5.     2 weeks paid vacation time (carries over year to year up to maximum of 3 weeks on anniversary date)

6.     1 week paid sick leave – accumulates to 4 weeks; not convertible into cash at end of contract



1.     Plan, schedule & supervise all SIEC field activities;

2.     Serve as primary emergency response person; receive all outage calls; manage and implement emergency response;

3.     Ensure that field personnel are equipped and trained properly for the tasks assigned;

4.     Advise the Manager of tasks permitted to be performed and under what conditions by field personnel;

5.     Willing and able to travel by fishing boat between islands;

6.     Perform energized line work up to 7.2kV,

7.     Schedule, perform and manage crews doing right of way clearing,

8.     Manage inventory & maintain adequate stocks for normal and emergency response;

9.     Stake out pole replacements, close out work orders;

10.  Test meters & train staff in use of testing equipment;

11.  Schedule and manage a small work force of 3-4 part-time line and meter employees;

12.  Schedule and perform/contract out equipment maintenance on fleet of 2 bucket trucks, augur truck, chipper, 2 pickup trucks;

13.  Monitor outside contractors performing infrastructure improvements;

14.  Timesheet preparation for all field personnel; tracking of materials used on works orders and assignment of cost codes;

15.  Customer relations and interaction skills within a small, rural community is essential;

16.  Be courteous and professional in your interactions with customers & vendors;

17.  Track and schedule safety testing of all equipment (for example: rubber gloves, di-electric testing of trucks/hot sticks)

18.  Conduct safety briefings with field personnel per OSHA regulations;

19.  Attend SIEC-sponsored training;

20.  Other duties as assigned considered usual and customary for a line superintendent / first class line worker consistent with Maine utility practice. Specific additional assignments to be determined in collaboration with the General Manager.



1.     The most competitive candidates will have a minimum 10 years experience as first class line worker and/or line superintendent employed by regulated electric public utility;

2.     Candidates must have, or demonstrate the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire, a current Maine Commercial Driver’s License with Airbrake Endorsement and full compliance with all DOT substance/drug requirements are conditions of employment;

3.     Familiarity with the Rural Utility Service (RUS) technical standards and NEC / NESC codes is a plus;


Please submit your letter of application, resume, copies of certifications and three business references to Jeffrey Ellison, Manager, Swans Island Electric Cooperative, PO Box 14, Swan’s Island, ME 04685 or email siecmanager@gmail.com.