Great Service Requires Great Employees

We are happy you are considering a career at MW&L! It takes a team of 65 employees to provide water and power to the City of McMinnville. Each role provides a valuable service to our community, and is integral to the work that we do here. Come join a team with a rich heritage of serving our community for over 130 years. Explore our open positions to find your place today.

Why MW&L?

McMinnville Water and Light is a great place to work! We offer our team well-paying, professionally rewarding career opportunities.

Top Reasons to Work with Us:

  • Competitive Salaries plus a full benefit package, including Oregon PERS retirement.
  • A 4-day workweek which our employees love!
  • Over 130 years dedicated to providing reliable, affordable utilities for the community.
  • Strong reputation as a financially sound, reliable utility.

The Hiring Process

Here’s what you can expect during the application process.

  1. Apply online – This is where it all starts!
  2. The Hiring Manager selects qualified candidates for interview.
  3. Interviews are conducted with a hiring panel. Often, two interviews are needed. This is our chance to get to know each other.
  4. The Hiring Manager selects one candidate to move to the screening process. In this stage, we will call references, and do a background check. Some jobs also require a drug screen and a physical.
  5. A successful candidate will be sent a job offer.

Veterans’ Preference

McMinnville Water and Light provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235; OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.

Qualifying and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting a completed Veteran’s Preference Form as well as submitting a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service-connected pension to your application. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s disability preference letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

In order to receive consideration, please supply documentation by the closing date of the posting for which you are applying.

McMinnville Water & Light is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

What if I have more questions?

The following FAQ addresses common questions about the online application process and careers at MW&L. If you still have questions after reviewing the information, please call McMinnville Water and Light Human Resources at (503) 435-3118 or contact Human Resources.

Does MW&L make reasonable accommodations for applicants?

Yes. MW&L is committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities and disabled veterans. This includes reasonable accommodations for alternative application methods if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application system or our interview process, as a result of your disability. If you need an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at (503) 435-3118.

Is a resume and a cover letter required, along with the application?

Yes, all positions require a resume and cover letter be submitted with the completed application.

The Education and Experience sections of the application, as well as any supplemental questions, must be filled out completely. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application
and supplemental questionnaire. Incomplete applications may be disqualified from the selection process.

What happens to my application after I send it?

After you complete the application, a screen will appear that says, “Thank you for applying”. This is confirmation that the online application process is complete. A separate confirmation email will not be sent.

Next, your application is reviewed to confirm that you meet the minimum qualifications and screening criteria for the position. Then, your application information is forwarded to the appropriate hiring manager. Typically, applicants are contacted within 10 days of the closing date for a position if selected to interview.

Can I work remotely?

MW&L is a close-knit group. It’s one of those places where you walk down the hall to discuss a project with a co-worker, then go a few doors down to talk with another co-worker about the latest plan revisions. Because of this culture, most positions will not be hybrid positions. We currently have no employees working remotely.

Is MW&L a drug-free workplace?

Yes, MW&L is a drug-free workplace.

For applicants curious about marijuana use: pursuant to federal law, MW&L considers marijuana to be an illegal drug for purposes of our drug policy. The use or possession of marijuana or being under the influence or impaired by marijuana on MW&L property or while performing work for MW&L is strictly prohibited. Those applying to a safety-sensitive position will need to pass a pre-employment drug test as a condition of employment.

Does MW&L require testing for positions?

All offers made are conditional upon verification of the information provided on the application and successful completion of one or more of the following pre-employment tests and screenings, depending on the requirements of the position you have applied for:

  • Background check
  • Skill testing
  • Drug testing for safety-sensitive positions
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers
  • Possession of a valid Oregon State Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or driver’s license
  • Physical Capacity Screening
  • Proof of journeyman status in the applicable craft