1+ months

Power System Dispatcher

Western Area Power Administration
Folsom, California 95630
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    Full Time
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  • $143,364 - $174,761 per year
  • Potential for annual Performance Cash Award or Time-Off Award, and annual Safety Incentive.


  • The selectee for this position may be eligible for a recruitment or relocation bonus.


Join WAPA's team and "keep the lights on" for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America's energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!

WAPA is proud to be ranked as a Best Place to Work in the Federal Government.


This position is part of the WAPA-SNR-Sierra Nevada Region. As a Power System Dispatcher, is responsible for real-time management of reliability activities. These activities are associated with the assigned position responsibilities and duties of the balancing, interchange, and/or the transmission operator in the Sierra Nevada Region.

Duties: Monitors power system equipment, ensuring public safety and proper operation within equipment capabilities. Initiates or directs timely and appropriate real-time actions during normal and emergency conditions to ensure the stable and reliable operation of the BES and lower voltage systems while taking corrective action, as required to achieve or maintain these limitations; including re-dispatch of generation, cancellation of planned generation and transmission outages without prior supervisory approval. Continually monitors generation and timeline data and real time imbalance market, when necessary adjusts generation levels or takes and/or directs appropriate action to meet interchange, load, and reserve requirements. Utilizes SCADA/Energy Management System (EMS) and other advanced computer networks and applications to control, record, modify parameters, verify, and analyze BES and lower voltage systems operational data. Complies with the directives of the Reliability Coordinator and/or other power system operating entities, as appropriate, for both real-time and next day operating events. Issues directives to other power system operating entities, as appropriate, to maintain BES and lower voltage systems reliability. Performs real-time and next day system studies to determine system impacts of possible contingencies, and determines mitigation of possible operating conditions.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: This experience is progressively responsible and concerned primarily with system operations of a large power system (100-kV or above).

Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-4 Level: To qualify for the AD-4 level, you must have 1 year of: 1) Power system operator experience, equivalent to the AD-3 level, with centralized SCADA/EMS control and decision-making responsibilities to maintain adherence to NERC reliability standards of a power system with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines, substations, and interconnections to other utilities.


WAPA offers a competitive base pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Health and Life Insurance

Dental and Vision Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts 

Thrift Savings Plan (401(k) equivalent with up to 5% matching contributions)

Defined-Benefit Pension

Paid Annual Leave that increases with length of service

  • 13 days per year in the first 3 years of service
  • 20 days per year after 3 years of service
  • 26 days per year after 15 years of service

Creditable service for annual leave accrual for qualifying military service and federal civilian service

13 days of Paid Sick Leave per year

12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

11 Paid Federal Holidays

Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Repayment

Fitness Reimbursement 

Annual Performance-Based Awards Program

Referral Bonus Award Program

Pay and Leave Flexibilities

and so much more!


To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of ReclamationU.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.


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Posted: 2022-04-19 Expires: 2022-06-18

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