Recruiters

Vickie Volk

Volk has worked in Human Resources, Office of the General Manager, and for Dakota Gasification Company, a Basin Electric subsidiary, in the Electrical and Instrumentation department.

What keeps you here?

There are so many wonderful reasons for staying here: the philosophy of a cooperative, educational and training opportunities, flexible schedules, and the opportunities for growth in your career. Basin Electric has so many awesome benefits and offers a competitive salary.

What advice do you have for job applicants?

If you aren’t successful at getting the first position you applied for, don’t give up. Continue to apply for positions you are qualified for. 

What advice do you have for new employees in their first week at work?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What is your favorite benefit of working at Basin Electric?

The retirement benefits. You just can’t beat them!

In a perfect world, what would you add to your workplace?

I couldn’t think of anything to add. Basin Electric does an awesome job at keeping our workplace up-to-date.

Give us some Basin Electric insider information.

Take advantage of the walking path; it’s a great way to meet coworkers and get fit at the same time.  

Heather Schlenker

Schlenker has held positions in the Engineering, Cooperative Planning and Human Resources departments.

What made you want to be a recruiter?

The variety of responsibilities and the opportunity to be some of the first employees to welcome new hires. I like connecting to job seekers and sharing my enthusiasm for working at the cooperative. 

What advice do you have for new employees in their first week at work?

Be involved with the various employee activities and connect with coworkers.

What is your favorite benefit of working at Basin Electric?

Do I have to pick one? Flexible work hours. If I get more choices: opportunity to grow, awesome coworkers, Family Night, Basin’s Backyard Garden, community presence, etc.

Alyssa Striefel

Striefel started out by working in the Summer Work Program at Dakota Gasification Company, a Basin Electric subsidiary, proudly washing dishes, entering data, painting curbs and mowing lawns. After college, her first job in Human Resources was at Sanford Health and she worked her way back to Basin Electric and Dakota Gas.

What made you want to be a recruiter?

Employees are the most important asset in any organization, and there’s a sense of accomplishment in hiring the best. Dakota Gas is a really complex plant that requires so much expertise, and I think we accomplish that challenge very well.

What is one of the most common questions you get from prospective new employees?

The top question is about housing in the Beulah/Hazen (ND) area.

What advice do you have for job applicants?

Your resume captures everything a prospective employer wants to know. Make sure it’s perfect. When offered an interview, come prepared in every way: know the employer, carefully consider how your experience will benefit the employer, and be the potential employee you want to work alongside. 

What advice do you have for new employees in their first week at work?

Relax. There’s a lot to learn and it will take time. Pay close attention to your new mentors and remember how good it feels when the person next to you always has a positive attitude.

Give us some Dakota Gas insider information.

The cafeteria has the best caramel rolls ever, which is why we have a 24/7 fitness center, free to employees. *smile*