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Our Mission

Nishnabotna Valley REC will provide safe and reliable electric services to our members in a valuable, sustainable, and environmentally responsible manner.

Our Service Territory

Nishnabotna Valley REC serves rural members in Southwest Iowa. See the map to get an idea of our service area. Although we reach into six counties in Iowa (Shelby, Cass, Pottawattamie, Harrison, Audubon, and Crawford), we average only 2.6 members per mile of line in our service territory. You can click here to download a detailed map of our service area (pdf).

What is a Cooperative?

Electric cooperatives are private, not-for-profit businesses governed by their consumer-members. Two federal requirements for all co-ops, including electric co-ops, are democratic governance and operation at cost. Every consumer-member can vote to choose local boards that oversee the co-op, and the co-op must, return to consumer-members revenue above what is needed for operation. Under this structure, electric co-ops provide economic benefits to their local communities rather than distant stockholders.

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An electric cooperative follows seven cooperative principles:

1. Open and Voluntary Membership

2. Democratic Member Control

3. Members’ Economic Participation

4. Autonomy and Independence

5. Education, Training, and Information

6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives

7. Concern for Community


Your Cooperative's Energy Portfolio

Nishnabotna Valley REC receives its power from Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO). NIPCO was formed over 70 years ago by seven distribution cooperatives like NVREC in western Iowa to help secure affordable electricity to rural areas by accessing competitive wholesale electricity. Today, NIPCO maintains an electric transmission system consisting of 921 miles of 69kV (69.000 volts) line, 2 source substations, 78 distribution substations, and 18 switching stations throughout western Iowa.

NIPCO receives 20% of their electric generation from Western Iowa Power Administration (WAPA), headquartered in Watertown, SD. The remaining generation power is supplied by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, headquartered in Bismarck, ND. Basin Electric is an electric generation and transmission cooperative that supplies power to 138 rural electric systems in 9 states.

Below is a graph provided by NIPCO to its member-owners to offer a glimpse at Nishnabotna Valley REC’s energy source portfolio.


Patronage Dividends

Members of Nishnabotna Valley REC share in the benefits of doing business with the Cooperative. One benefit comes in the form of capital credits, or patronage dividends. The capital credits you get are revenues in excess of expenses to operate the REC.

Patronage dividend notices are mailed to members each April to indicate how much money was allocated to them for the previous calendar year. Each member's share is in proportion to the net electric margins they generate.

Patronage dividends are returned to members on a 20-year roll. Iowa law also allows a percentage of the current year's dividends to be returned.

While retained by Nishnabotna Valley REC, allocated patronage capital contributes to the Co-op's equity and strengthens its financial position. Annually, the Board of Directors reviews the financial position and determines whether a percentage of the current year's allocation may be paid to the members without jeopardizing the cooperative's financial stability.

Members of Nishnabotna Valley REC have received over $6.5 million in patronage dividends since the Cooperative began in 1936.


Lineman Position

Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Journeyman Lineman. Nishnabotna Valley REC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative located in southwest Iowa currently serving over 5,000 meters in parts of 6 counties. This position would be located in Harlan, IA, located just off of Hwy 44 and 59, within minutes of excellent schools, a local hospital, Prairie Rose State Park, and more.

Employment type: Full-time

Regular working hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday (with overtime as necessary)

Essential Duties:

• Perform line construction and maintenance of overhead and underground distribution lines under the supervision of a Foreman.

• Patrol the line and check for defective materials, equipment, or unsafe conditions; notify foreman or supervisor of problems found.

• Perform the duties of groundman and lineman. See that the trucks, tools, and assigned equipment are properly used and kept in good working order.

• Understand considerable hazards that exist, including falls, electric shock, electric flash, automobile traffic, and falling objects.

• Understand and utilize safety equipment.

• Learn and comply with all safety policies, OSHA rules and regulations.

• Ability to read, write, and utilize computers or tablets is required.

• Ability to understand safety material and instructions is also required.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to climb, balance, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move daily up to 50-75 pounds. May occasionally need to lift and/or move up to 75-100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in high, precarious places and in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to vibration. The employee occasionally is exposed to an environment with fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee frequently works on rugged terrain. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Licenses & Certifications

Applicant must possess a HS Diploma and Diploma/Degree from an accredited Utility Line Program.

A valid Class A - Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with appropriate endorsements is required.


Must be able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, staking sheets, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. The ability to use PCs, Microsoft Office programs and iPads is required. Must also be willing to learn industry/company software. Must have an effective working knowledge of the National Electrical Safety Code. Must know, understand, and apply all OSHA and company regulations and safety rules necessary to perform the job.

Apply online at, using Indeed, or send resume, with wage history and three professional references by July 15, 2022 to:

Nishnabotna Valley REC

Attn: HR Dept, Kara Meiners

1317 Chatburn Ave, PO Box 714

Harlan, IA 51537

Position level and wages will depend on training and experience of the applicant.

All applicants who are selected for a position within Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative are required to pass a pre-employment physical examination, background check, motor vehicle driving record queue, and drug test when employed.

Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative and ENOVUS Management Cooperative are an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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