As an equal opportunity provider and employer, Stearns Electric Association seeks employees who are creative, high-energy professionals with excellent people skills to provide our members with a positive experience. Employees benefit from a work environment that encourages work-life balance and professional growth along with competitive pay and an outstanding benefits package.  Stearns Electric Association will accept applications and resumes for those positions that are open and available to external candidates. When a position is available, a posting will be listed below.


Stearns Electric Association, a Central Minnesota electrical distribution cooperative serving over 28,000 member consumers is seeking a full-time apprentice or journeyman lineworker.

Successful candidate will be required to perform duties associated with the construction and maintenance of the Cooperative’s electric distribution system. Candidate requirements include:

  • Completion of an electrical line worker approved program and diploma.
  • Apprentice lineworker having a minimum of 4,000 hours or journeyman lineworker.
  • Possess Class “A” CDL and good driving record.
  • Must exhibit a high commitment to safety and compliance with safety rules.
  • Ability to climb and work at heights that may exceed 50 feet; ability to perform pole top rescue.
  • This position will be required to be on an on-call rotation when eligible and live within 15 miles (measured in a straight line) of the reporting office.
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen.

Send cover letter that includes specific information on the candidates recorded hours along with a resume to Human Resources, Stearns Electric Association, 900 Kraft Drive SE, Melrose, MN 56352 or email to no later than Friday October 6, 2023.

Stearns Electric has subsidiary ownership in Heartland Security and Carr’s Tree Service. To find employment at either of these subsidiaries, click below:

Heartland Security Services (link to HSS website/careers area)

Carr’s Tree Service (link to Carr’s website/careers area)



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