Employment Opportunities

Journeyman lineman

Beartooth Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Red Lodge, Mont., is accepting applications for the position of journeyman lineman.

Red Lodge is a friendly mountain town with an abundance of nearby outdoor recreation opportunities, including hunting, fishing, skiing and hiking.  The town is close in proximity to Yellowstone National Park, and is only an hour away from the amenities of Billings, the largest city in the state. 

The position requires the ability to perform all responsibilities required of a journeyman lineman, including rubber gloving, and construction and maintenance of electrical transmission, substation and distribution systems. Applicants must have a valid Montana CDL, first aid/CPR card and journeyman lineman certification (completion of an apprentice course).  The person in this position must be able to climb poles and operate bucket trucks, digger derricks, backhoes and other equipment commonly used in the utility business. In addition, the successful applicant must pass a pre-employment physical and drug and alcohol test prior to employment.  Preferably, applicants would live within 20 minutes of the Red Lodge shop. 

Please send cover letter and resume to Eric Elton, line superintendent, Beartooth Electric Cooperative, PO Box 1110, Red Lodge MT 59068; email: eelton@beartoothelectric.com; phone:  (406) 446-2310.  The position will remain open until filled.


CEO/general manager

Tongue River Electric Cooperative is seeking qualified candidates to replace the chief executive officer/general manager, who will be retiring at the end of the year after 10 years of dedicated service to the cooperative.

Candidates are required to have a minimum of 10 years’ of demonstrated leadership skills in the electric utility industry, with at least five years of senior management experience. The successful candidate will be one of high integrity, with excellent people and communication skills. A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field is preferred but not required. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to lead the strategic, financial, risk management, operational, engineering, technology, safety and member service planning initiatives required of an electric distribution cooperative. Understanding the working relationship between the CEO and the Board of Directors, and a commitment to the “cooperative principles” as well as team building is required. Interest in building relationships with members, the community and associated organizations is paramount.

Tongue River Electric Cooperative serves residential, commercial, industrial and irrigation customers throughout a service area of approximately8,000 square miles in seven counties. The cooperative’s 21 employees serve approximately 5,000 meters over 2,839 miles of distribution and transmission line. The cooperative, headquartered in Ashland, Montana has annual revenue of more than $11.5 million and a total utility plant of $33.35 million.

Ashland lies about 120 miles east of Billings, Mont., on the Tongue River next to Custer National Forest. Most residents are employed in agriculture, government, timber and mining. It’s a prime location, offering the best of rural living with convenient access to the larger communities of Billings and Miles City. The area offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and snowmobiling.

Tongue River Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers an excellent retirement plan through the NRECA, competitive benefit programs and a salary commensurate with qualifications. Anyone interested in this position should contact the general manager at (406) 784-2361. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2014. Please send a comprehensive resume, cover letter, and a minimum of three professional references or letters of recommendation to: treco@rangeweb.net or to TRECO at Box 138, Ashland, MT 59003.


Distribution engineering supervisor

Mission Valley Power, based in Pablo, Mont., has an opening for a distribution engineering supervisor.

The person in this position will prepare and direct the preparation of engineering plans and cost estimates for construction of improvements to the utility’s electrical system, and receive and complete assignments involving applications for service, operating problems or general improvements. This position involves gathering information by making field observations and measurements, and consulting Mission Valley Power maps and operating records. The person will be required to enter high-voltage substations, open locked, pad-mounted switch gear to inspect and review installations, make engineering analysis of problems and make appropriate recommendations. The person also will provide general engineering assistance for Mission Valley

Power as needed, and give professional guidance and advice to all department employees and contractors on a regular basis.

Qualifications required for hiring include an engineering degree (a Professional Engineer license for Montana is preferred), a minimum of four years experience involving the engineering of utility power lines, including two years of supervising or directing other personnel in technical aspects of engineering or five years of other engineering experience, with a minimum of two years supervisory experience.

This position includes other duties, responsibilities and qualifications. For a complete listing of this information, please contact Kerry Wiedrich at (406) 883-7944, or via email at wiedrich@missionvalleypower.org. An application is available at www.cskt.org