PEMBROKE — The operating officer of Lumbee Tribe Enterprises says there are 100 jobs immediately available for Lumbee tribal members and others qualified to work as cell tower installers.
Ron Oxendine told The Robesonian this week that the jobs — which pay $26 an hour — are available with a “large major contractor.” He did not name the contractor.
Oxendine said that training for the jobs will be conducted in Tennessee, with the work being done in Washington state, Ohio, Oregon and Colorado.
According to Oxendine, with the state of the economy nationwide, the jobs will be going fast. He said that Lumbee Tribe Enterprises is just one of many companies across the country trying to provide workers for the positions.
“We’re competing with other companies and it’s always a race to the finish line,” Oxendine said. “These jobs are not dedicated just for Lumbees, but are available for anyone who qualifies.”
Lumbee Tribe Enterprises is a small business owned by the Lumbee Tribe that is looking to provide products and services to industry and government. It is headquartered in Pembroke and also operates out of Stafford, Va.
Oxendine, a Robeson County native and founder of RNB Technologies Inc., a minority owned business based in Stafford, assisted the tribe in getting the operating in 2011. He has described Lumbee Tribe Enterprises as an entity that provides the tribe an avenue to generate revenue and create jobs by pursuing government and industrial contracts,.
“This is just one of the first opportunities for people in Robeson County to be hired for this kind of job,” Oxendine said in reference to the cell tower installer jobs.
Oxendine said he is seeking resumes from those interested in the positions. He said he will screen all applicants to see if they meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the job, and if they do he will forward applications to the project manager for hiring consideration.
“There is no guarantee that everyone in Robeson County who is qualified will be hired,” Oxendine said. “The contractor will be considering applicants from all across the country.”
Oxendine said that those interested in being considered for the jobs need to get their resumes to him quickly.
“These jobs will go fast,” he said. “They could be gone as early as next week.”
Resumes should be faxed to Oxendine at 540-658-1282.