Employment Opportunities

Apprentice or Journeyman Lineworker

Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative, Hysham, MT 
Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Hysham, Montana, is accepting applications for the position of Apprentice or Journeyman Lineworker.  The person in this position is responsible for providing outstanding customer service to our membership by assuring the highest possible degree of construction, line repair and maintenance, and must uphold a strong culture of safety. 
Experience/educational requirements:  High School diploma and successful completion of a recognized lineman training school.  Applicant must have a thorough knowledge of equipment, tools, materials, and services used by electric utilities, extensive knowledge of the description of units, specifications and drawings for line construction of distribution voltages; and a thorough knowledge of operating and construction procedures and RUS practices of electric distribution organizations.  Completion of a four-year Apprentice Lineworker training program must be completed for the Journeyman Lineworker position. 
The successful applicant must possess a valid Montana CDL Class A driver’s license within 30 days of hire. 
Offers are contingent upon completion of a background check.  Qualified applicants may pick up an application from the MYEC office at 203 Elliott Avenue in Hysham or call the office to have an application emailed to you.  Submit the completed MYEC application, resume and letter of interest to MYEC, Attn:  Operations Manager, PO Box 386, Hysham, MT  59038 or email to kenr@myec.coop.  If you have any questions, please contact Ken at (406) 342-5521 or by email.   
Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative offers an excellent wage and benefit package including health care coverage, pension, 401k, vacation and sick leave. 
The position will remain open until March 29, 2019.  MYEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

Executive director

The Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) is seeking an executive director to lead a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to forming and supporting new cooperative enterprises.  The organization receives both state and federal funding to fulfill its mission, which is “to promote and develop cooperatives to meet the economic and community needs of rural Montana”.

Summary of Responsibilities: The executive director serves as the executive manager and primary spokesperson for a 20-year old, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with a research and educational mission focused on cooperative development.  This person is accountable to a nine-member board of directors whose members are appointed by supportive Montana organizations for the purpose of creating new cooperatives and advancing the co-op business model. The executive director supervises a four-person staff and administers up to 10 annual contracts with regional economic development organizations to deliver statewide cooperative development services.  The successful candidate must efficiently administer MCDC’s financial, personnel and operational systems while ensuring compliance with all applicable ethical and legal standards for nonprofit organizations. The ultimate role of the executive director is to grow the organization’s capacity to fulfill its stated mission through general fund development; quality programming for its constituents; and excellence in client and public communications.

Employment Terms: This is an executive-level, full-time salaried position based in Great Falls, Montana, that must be filled no later than September 1, 2019. The executive director reports directly to MCDC Board of Directors and maintains close communications with the MCDC Board President.  In addition to serving MCDC, the executive director also contracts as executive manager of the 60-year old Montana Council of Cooperatives, an 80-member, multi-industry trade association. This dual position thus requires a significant amount of year-round, statewide travel – often to isolated regions of Montana – including occasional weekend and evening assignments.  Some national-level, extended travel also should be anticipated.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A four-year degree in nonprofit management, organizational development, economic development, community development, or related fields. An advanced degree is not required.
  • At least five years of experience working within the nonprofit arena is expected, with at least three of those years working with rural communities of less than 50,000 in population.
  • Experience serving as a cooperative developer or applying the cooperative business model is desirable
  • Demonstration of successful grant writing and fund development for a nonprofit organization
  • Working knowledge of federal and Montana state programs designed to support rural communities
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills; ability to present a positive image for MCDC
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of people and industries, particularly in small towns and Indian reservations with struggling economies.  Experience in facilitating public meetings will be helpful
  • Standard PC competencies; experience using the Salesforce CRM database would be advantageous

Desired Competencies

  • Adaptability
  • Business Acumen
  • Change Management
  • Cooperative Knowledge
  • Courage
  • Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Engagement
  • Good Judgment
  • Grant Writing Skills
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Performance Management
  • Planning
  • Quality Orientation
  • Relationship Building
  • Results Orientation
  • Self-Development
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Talent Development


Compensation: The starting salary range for the executive director position is $60,000-$75,000/year depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include 12 paid holidays plus a full holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s Day; accrued vacation with personal/sick days; health/dental/vision insurance; and a 403B retirement plan (offered after one year of service).  Continuing education opportunities also are promoted following the required six-month probationary period.


How to Apply: Please review the full job description available on the MCDC website. All applications must be submitted electronically in one pdf file. Include in your application a two-page resume, three work-related references, and a one-page letter/essay that explains why MCDC should consider you for the executive director position. Submit the file to employment@mcdc.coop  Applications received by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019, will receive priority consideration in the initial screening process.


To learn more about this statewide, nonprofit organization, visit www.mcdc.coop. The Montana Cooperative Development Center is an equal opportunity employer supported by federal funding from USDA Rural Development and a statutory appropriation from the State of Montana.


Plant Accounts Coordinator

Park Electric Cooperative in Livingston, MT is now accepting applications for a Plant Accounts Coordinator. Strong accounting background is absolutely essential. Must be highly proficient in word processing & spreadsheet programs. Knowledge of accounting procedures required and experience using plant accounting software preferred.  Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in accounting or business. FT - competitive salary & benefits package. Deadline 03/15/19. Application & job description available at 5706 U.S. Hwy 89 South, Livingston or online at www.parkelectric.coop.  Mailing address: P.O. Box 1119, Livingston MT 59047;  406.222.3100

Visiting Instructor, Line Program

Highlands College Trades and Technical School in Butte has an opening for a visiting instructor for its line program. This is a permanent, full-time position.

Duties include teaching and assisting the lead instructor with the currently approved classes of the Pre-Apprentice Line Program at Highlands. 

Required qualifications:  Must be  journeyman lineman and have a valid and current Montana class A CDL; must be qualified with pole-top rescue, bucket rescue and safety practices within the electrical trade, and; must have a clean safety record. Required skills: Must be able to work in variable weather conditions; must be able to climb poles as well as other structures; must be able to operate equipment used in the line trade such as bucket trucks, line trucks, and backhoes, and; must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer skills. Preferred qualifications: Teaching experience is a plus, with the ability to work with up to 25 students per semester that have limited knowledge of the line trade at any given time.

Applicants should go the following website to obtain more information about the position and to complete the online application: https://montanatechuniversity.applytojob.com/apply/PKZTU82VVv/Visiting-Instructor-Line-Program


Electric Mapping/Staking Engineer

Hill County Electric Cooperative, based in Havre, MT, seeks a full-time electric mapping/staking engineer to coordinate construction projects from initial design to implementation, to include member contact, project staking, map updating and project close-out.

Any combination equivalent to the following education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would qualify. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be: BA/BS in drafting, engineering, or a related field or four years of job-related experience.

Apply through the co-op's careers website at www.hcelectric.com and read the job description with full requirements.   A resume and application must be submitted through this website. Position will remain open until filled.