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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
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Westminster, Colorado
United States
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Resource Dispatch and Trading Trainee (IRC27712)

Brief Posting Description


The Real Dispatch and Trading Trainee is responsible for developing proficiency in the responsibilities of the Real Time Marketer and Resource Dispatcher and for monitoring the hour-to-hour use of Tri-State resources, purchased power, and off-system transactions and ensuring that adequate resources are available to meet all Tri-State load obligations, including spinning and non-spinning reserve requirements, within the operational parameters set forth by the regulations, reliability standards and business practices established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Regional Reliability Organizations (RRO) and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB).

Salary Grade: NB18

Job Requirements


Trainee responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following and increase in responsibility and accountability as the Trainee gains knowledge, experience and proficiency in the position:

  • Monitor commodity pre-schedules and long-term contracts during shift within approved authority matrices of Tri-State's Energy Risk Management Policy.
  • Work with the Resource Dispatcher(s) to optimize all available resources and transmission assets.
  • Develop proficiency in monitoring and maintaining spinning and operating reserves, as required, at all times. Respond appropriately to Southwest Reserve Sharing Group and Rocky Mountain Reserve Group activations.
  • Respond to generation outages by procuring alternative resources to balance Tri-State's system, in accordance with industry standards.
  • Develop proficiency in unscheduled flow relief as directed by Transmission Providers, Balancing Authorities and/or Reliability Coordinator.
  • Responsible for negotiating and implementing hourly commodity transactions with approved counterparties within Tri-State's approved authority matrix limits.
  • Oversee natural gas positions for turbine generation, as necessary.
  • Develop a well-balanced short-term perspective of market direction and tracks regional and inter-regional commodity pricing disparities.
  • Analyze relationships between transmission availability and access to and price of market electricity products.
  • Develop proficiency in purchasing transmission and creating electronic tags for applicable energy transactions through web-driven platforms supporting open access.
  • Develop proficiency in maintaining electronic logs and records, documenting all relevant operating information, problems and issues encountered during the shift.
  • Begin cross-training in Resource Dispatcher responsibilities.
  • Evolution of Resources Dispatch and Trading does not preclude workflow changes that include additional responsibilities not specifically outlined in the policies, programs, guidelines or procedures.
  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.

  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Obtain NERC certification, within management specified time period, and maintain NERC certification status while performing the requirements of this position or the Resource Dispatcher or Real Time Marketer.


  • Planning: With the assistance of the supervisor and training coordinator initially and as Trainee gains more proficiency in the position is expected to exercise the ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
  • Time management: With the assistance of the supervisor and training coordinator initially and as Trainee gains more proficiency in the position is expected to exercise the ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
  • Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
  • Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
  • Supervision over this position is close initially but once the Trainee gains more experience is responsible for exercising the ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.


Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Finance or other related discipline or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education.
  • Obtain NERC certification, within management specified time period, and maintain NERC certification status while performing the requirements of this position or the Resource Dispatcher or Real Time Marketer.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Working knowledge of database and spreadsheet software applications; and able to be adaptable to industry specific software.
  • Analytical capabilities with attention to detail.
  • Independent learner with natural curiosity about energy market dynamics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


  • Zero (0) to two and one half (2 1/2) years of related energy experience preferably in the electric utility industry.


  • Two and one half (2 1/2) years training commitment for completion of training program, unless a position becomes available and an appraisal results in a recommendation to advance.
  • Must complete annual required Learning Management System (LMS) coursework, particularly Standards of Conduct (SOC) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).
  • Must read, agree and execute acknowledgement of Tri-State's Energy Risk Management Program and Energy Markets Code of Conduct along with adhering to other applicable policies, programs, guidelines or procedures that ensure compliance.
  • Must be willing to work 24/7 rotating shift, overtime and holidays.
  • Willingness to travel as required. (Possession of valid driver's license.)
  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.


  • Knowledge of electric power and natural gas fundamentals including basic understanding of risk management desired.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time, occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, and reach above and below shoulder level. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and to talk and hear.
  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
  • Work Environment: Most duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs.

Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., nearly 1,200 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.


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