General Employment Information

Colquitt EMC is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. Colquitt EMC takes pride in being an Equal Opportunity Employer and affirms our commitment to comply with all federal and state laws, regulations and executive orders concerning affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. To this end, all positions opened to the outside are also posted with the Georgia Department of Labor Web site.

When a job becomes available at Colquitt EMC, an announcement of the vacancy is posted on the company bulletin boards for five working days. These notices describe the position opening, location, position description and job specifications. This practice gives our current employees first chance at applying for open positions. Our policy is to promote from within when possible. If there are no internal applicants for the position or if the position requires a specific education level, knowledge, skills or abilities that are not available inside the company, it may be necessary to seek candidates from outside the company.

Colquitt EMC’s policy is to formally accept outside applications for employment only when a job opening exists in the organization that has been opened for outside applicants. Outside applicants should read the information listed below for some company policies that may affect their eligibility for employment at Colquitt EMC.

Nepotism Policy – It is the policy of Colquitt EMC that the employment of close relatives of any member of the Board of Directors or to any Colquitt EMC employee is not permissible.

Residency Policy – There are certain jobs at Colquitt EMC that have a residency requirement. Line crew personnel and certain other Engineering/Operations personnel are required to live within 25 miles of their assigned office location.

This residency requirement serves two main purposes. It helps insure that we give our customers the best possible service especially during periods of service interruption. This policy also encourages employees to live in the areas that we serve. This helps to promote involvement in community and civic activities, which is consistent with the spirit of our cooperative.

Education and Experience Requirements – Education requirements depend on the position requirements. A high school diploma or GED certificate is required for all positions at Colquitt EMC. You will find that additional college or technical school training and/or degrees are required for some positions. These requirements, along with the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required for each position, are listed in the Job Specifications for each position.

Driver’s Licenses – A valid driver’s license is required for all positions. In addition, many positions require the employee to obtain and maintain a class A Commercial Driver’s License as well.

Drug-Free Workplace – Colquitt EMC is very aggressive in maintaining a safe and drug-free workplace for all of its employees. Every employee is tested on a random unannounced basis. There is ZERO tolerance for drug or alcohol abuse.

Line Crew Applicants – Due to the unique nature of utility work, applicants with little or no experience may be hired through a temporary agency for an evaluation period. During this time, prospective employees must successfully demonstrate the ability to handle the rigorous essential functions of the utility crew job. Colquitt EMC supervisors will evaluate their progress and make a decision whether or not to recommend these persons for employment with Colquitt EMC. As a condition of employment, persons hired for outside crew positions understand that their progression will be in accordance with Colquitt EMC training programs and that they must obtain class A Commercial Driver’s Licenses within the time frames defined by Colquitt EMC.

All offers of employment at Colquitt EMC are made conditional upon acceptable references and the passing of a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical exam.