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Auditor, Public Utility

Public Utilities Commission

Open for Recruitment: April 5, 2017 - May 1, 2017
Announcement # 04542099439
Salary Range: $20.06 - $25.00/hour DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Public Utilities Commission is seeking
qualified and motivated applicants for an Auditor position

This position is the first of two levels of professional auditor positions within the Public Utilities Commission. It is generally filled in a training/underfill capacity for the Auditor Senior, Public Utility.  Upon successful completion of the approximately 2-year underfill training plan, the incumbent will be reclassified to the Sr. Auditor level.  Incumbents perform professional level duties involving accounting, auditing, financial analysis, and/or financial reporting.  Contact with individuals outside the agency to explain business practices, respond to inquiries, and resolve professional auditing problems can vary.  Moderate travel within the state is required. 

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Accounting/financial analysis. Examines and analyzes accounting and financial documents to develop conclusions and recommendations on revenue requirement and rate of return; determines validity of investment and expenses used in ratemaking and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, ratemaking theory, regulations and orders of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC); reviews management and business practices to determine financial stability and cost efficiency; prepares pro forma financial statements.
  • Auditing. Conducts on-site financial and performance audits; verifies revenues, expenses, rate base, and capital structure to determine financial condition and/or reasonableness and validity of applicant requests; develops recommendations for changes in management and financial practices; writes audit reports and discusses with team the actions to be taken to correct deficiencies. 
  • Hearings. Identifies accounting and financial issues to be addressed in cases heard by the PUC; formulates staff position and prepares written testimony and supporting exhibits for hearings; presents and defends testimony in oral Cross-examination by utilities and interveners; prepares reconciliations of differences between staff, interveners, and applicants' exhibits; assists attorneys in preparing questions to Cross-examine applicants and interveners.
  • Special investigations. Investigates and proposes solutions regarding service, compliance with tariffs, operating practices, and accounting and financial matters; reviews utility practices for compliance with utility and/or PUC policies and develops reports of findings.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of: fiscal auditing; general accounting theory, principles, and practices.
  • Some knowledge of:  micro economic theory; management practices and reviews to determine financial stability and cost efficiency.
  • Experience:  preparing written reports; making oral presentations; using a personal computer to develop, analyze and report on financial data/documents.


The examination is a rating of your education and experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing minimum requirements to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 56 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the exam, click on the “Preview Exam” link at the bottom of this page (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, please select:

  • Public Utilities Commission under "Agencies"
  • Full-time under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist (this includes: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies and Job Type/Shift).  Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency.


Preview Exam

At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.