Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)

About Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)

Join WAPA's team and "keep the lights on" for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America's energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!

WAPA is proud to be ranked as a Best Place to Work in the Federal Government.

WAPA markets and transmits Federally produced hydroelectric power to utilities in a 15-state region of the central and Western United States. We have job opportunities and duty locations​ throughout our region, ranging from entry-level clerical positions to highly skilled engineers, electricians, linemen and other craftsmen.

Most jobs are posted on To see jobs available at WAPA, use the keyword search box and type Western Area Power Administration.


Student Trainee (IT)

April 2020 Watertown, SD
“They are super kind, super helpful and the location worked great for me. The people are fun to talk to and always supportive and understanding.”

Electrical Engineering Intern

June 2018 Huron, SD
“Great Boss, Knowledgeable coworkers, Field exposure, Team work.”
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