• Elk River, MN
  • Full-time

Company Description

Great River Energy is a not-for-profit cooperative which provides wholesale electricity to more than 630,000 member-consumers, or approximately 1.7 million people, through 28 member distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. With $2.8 billion in assets, Great River Energy is the second largest utility in the state, based on generating capacity, and the fifth largest generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative in the United States. Great River Energy’s member cooperatives range from those in the outer-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities to the Arrowhead region of Minnesota to the farmland of southwestern Minnesota. Great River Energy’s largest distribution cooperative serves more than 120,000 member-consumers; the smallest serves just over 2,400. For more information, visit

Job Description

General Summary 

We are adding to our current staff levels and have openings for four Processors at our Elk River Resource Processing Plant. The Processors operate mobile and heavy equipment to process municipal solid waste and provide mechanical and electrical support. The processors work a rotating shift that rotates on a five week rotation. Work days include Monday – Saturday days and Monday – Friday afternoons.


Job responsibilities:

  • Rotate through different jobs: control line, wheel loader, grapple crane, yard tractor, bulky waste shredder and compactor.
  • Operate front-end loaders, forklifts and other equipment.
  • Assist mechanics and electricians as requested which requires mechanical aptitude and general maintenance abilities.
  • Proficient in the use of tools and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of and ability to inspect and lubricate processing equipment.
  • General cleaning of all plant equipment and facilities.

Working Conditions:

Work is indoors and outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. This job requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs, climb, work at heights and work with arms above head. The ability to kneel and squat on a frequent basis, along with occasional work in confined space areas. Must be able to use full face respirator and other personal protective equipment when required.



To qualify, candidates must have a two-year vocational or trade school degree or the equivalent in five years of directly related heavy industrial training or experience. The position requires a valid driver’s license and Minnesota State Class “C” driver’s license.


The successful candidates must be self-motivated, innovative, skilled in decision-making, demonstrate teamwork and flexibility, be business focused and demonstrate values for effective individual performance.

Additional Information


Qualified professionals will find we have a lot to offer: competitive compensation, continued education, workout facility, generous retirement plans, along with many more benefits. Qualified candidates, please apply at under the Careers tab by December 27, 2013. GRE is an EEO/AA Employer.