Job Overview


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Reclamation is seeking a new professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Drill Rig Operator Helper. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Would you enjoy supporting the geotechnical investigations work at various sites throughout the 17 Western States? Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by our agency.  Expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the individual selected.



Assists a Drill Rig Operator in performance of assigned duties.  Helps set up, align, operate and maintain drilling machines, drilling support equipment and drilling systems, including a variety of top head rotary drill rigs, rig tenders, core barrels and drill rods.  Sets casing or reinforcing materials. Fuels and lubricates before or during operations and helps clean, lubricate, adjust and repair equipment when not operating.

Safety is a critical component of this job.  Work requires wearing personal protective equipment such as hardhat, steel-toed boots, safety glasses, sleeved shirts and long pants even in extreme heat.  A safety harness will be worn at all times while working in the crow’s nest, helper’s deck or while more than 4 feet above the ground.  The incumbent is responsible for complying with safety instructions and regulations, ensuring individual’s safety, and promptly reporting unsafe acts, unsafe conditions and accidents to supervisor.

Training Requirements
You will be given 90 days from the day you enter on duty to obtain both a forklift certification and a fall protection and rescue certification.  Your appointment will be terminated if you fail to obtain either one of these certifications within the given time period.

Working Conditions
Work is performed primarily outdoors, and therefore the employee is exposed to temperature extremes from -20 to 110 degrees, and dirt, dust, mud, rain, snow and ice (field work 95% of time).  There is a constant possibility of injury to self and other employees of the work crew if proper safety procedures are not followed. Travel is an integral part of this position and the incumbent will drive long hours to mobilize and set up drill equipment at remote locations; be in travel status a majority of the time (95% of time); and will work a variety of schedules, including longer than normal workdays, and weekends and holidays as required (usually shifts are 10 days on/4 days off, 10 hour days).

Physical Effort
Work is extremely physical and involves handling, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, lifting, carrying and moving heavy drilling equipment.  There are also prolonged periods of standing, walking, bending, pushing, climbing, reaching and pulling.  Pre-employment, as well as periodic, physical exams and drug testing are required.