Cowlitz PUD Employee Benefits

A glimpse of the benefits available to our PUD team members

Cowlitz PUD Benefits Summary

At Cowlitz PUD we believe part of having a rewarding work place is to have a healthy work environment.  You will find that we offer a full benefits package that fits all the needs of maintaining a work/life balance.

About our benefits:

The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time permanent employees.  Actual benefits may vary by position type or be prorated for other than full-time work.  Check with Human Resources for specific benefit information.

Insurance Benefits:

As an employer, we offer medical, dental and vision to employees and their families.  To help cover the costs of medical expenses we offer our staff a VEBA Health Reimbursement Benefit package.  This package allows you to reimburse yourself for medical expenses and also save for the cost of medical at retirement. We also provide a variety of life insurance options that will fit your families needs.  For employees we offer group life coverage in the amount of 2x's your annual salary and you have the option of selecting additional life insurance for yourself, your spouse and your dependents.To help with those times that you may be injured off the job we have short term and long term disability for employees.


Cowlitz PUD employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.Cowlitz PUD also has a 401k retirement plan and employees can select either traditional or Roth through Fidelity and there is an employer match benefit as well.


Employees begin accruing vacation starting the first full month of employment.  Since we value our employees loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. 


Full-time employees are entitled to ten paid holidays:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • President's Day (third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Veteran's Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • 2 Floating Holidays

Some of the other benefits that Cowlitz PUD offers include:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Clothing Allowance, once per year for logo wear
  • Calm App Membership