Employment Opportunities

General Manager

The Board of Trustees of Lincoln Electric Cooperative (LEC) in Eureka, MT, is seeking a competent and enthusiastic professional to succeed the current General Manager GM) who will retire the end of 2019.  LEC has retained NRECA’s Executive Search Group to facilitate the search process.

Lincoln Electric Cooperative (www.lincolnelectric.coop) is a member-owned electric distribution utility headquartered in Eureka, Montana.  The Cooperative is located in the northwest corner of the state serving 6,000 electric consumers in Flathead and Lincoln counties via 960 miles of distribution and transmission lines.  LEC has a staff of 20 employees and annual revenue exceeding $11 million.  The GM reports to a 10-member board of trustees.  LEC receives wholesale power from the Bonneville Power Administration and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative.  It is also a member of the Montana Electric Cooperative Association.  The Cooperative also has a for-profit subsidiary, Rural Propane Services LLC (RPS), a provider of cost-effective propane services to 1,760 customers.  RPS has 10 full-time employees.  LEC has an excellent reputation with its members and the community because of its history of offering needed programs and services.

Successful GM candidates are required to have a minimum of 10 years of electric utility knowledge, and at least five (5) years of leadership experience in a senior management position.  Candidates must have broad electric utility management experience and knowledge that includes such areas as operations and safety, finance, strategic planning, team building, and member communications.  The successful candidate will be a person of high integrity and have excellent people and communication skills, proven leadership ability, and a strong commitment to the “Cooperative Principles."

Eureka, Montana, is a beautiful rural area with a surrounding population of approximately 5,000 and located 10 miles south of the US-Canada border.  The community is 65 miles north of Kalispell via US 93.  Eureka is surrounded by the Kootenai National Forest with the majestic Glacier National Park just an hour’s drive away.  The area truly represents the classic Montana lifestyle and serves as a four-season destination providing an abundance of open-air recreational activities.  Eureka public schools are rated highly by patrons because of the comprehensive curriculum that is available to students, including college-prep classes.  A full range of primary care medical services are offered by Eureka Healthcare.  Residents, businesses and visitors also enjoy excellent high-speed fiber-optic communication services.

LEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a generous NRECA defined benefit pension plan, in addition to a 401k savings plan.  The Cooperative also has excellent medical and dental insurance plans.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Interested parties should direct their inquiries to NRECA Executive Search and submit the following electronically: 1) Cover letter, 2) two to three-page resume, and 3) at least three professional references or letters of recommendation.  Applications must be received by July 15, 2019 and submitted to:

Rick Crinklaw, NRECA Executive Search
(541) 954-4174
All replies are confidential


Journeyman Lineman


Performs diversified work of construction, repair and operation of distribution and transmission facilities.  Works on energized lines, structures and equipment involved in the distribution of electricity.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.  Certified Journeyman Lineman or must have completed a recognized, qualified apprenticeship program for electric utility Journeyman Lineman and have met all minimum requirements of the trade and ability to successfully pass the IBEW Local 44 Journeyman Lineman’s exam within a year of date of hire.

  • Must be hold or be able to obtain, within 45 consecutive days of hire, a valid Montana Class A, Interstate Commercial Driver’s License.

  • Must be able to handle the physical demands of the job as described in the job description.

Hourly Wage

$42.29 per IBEW Collective Bargaining Agreement

This is a union position with an excellent benefit package.

Closing Date

Open until filled

Application Instructions

To be eligible to be considered, the following must be completed in full and submitted:  a MEC Application of Employment, current resume and cover letter.  See www.missoulaelectric.com for a job description and application.  Applicants are welcome to complete the application on line and e-mail to Employment@meccoop.com or print, sign the application and mail above required paperwork to Human Resources, 1700 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59808 or fax to 406.541.6315.  If using large envelopes, allow extra mailing time.

Successful applicants are subject to background screening, drug/alcohol testing and pre-employment physical exam.


IT Support Analyst

Ravalli Electric Co-op (REC) is looking for an IT Support Analyst. Candidate will work on the corporate technical Help-Desk and focuses on resolving easy to medium break/fix issues. The majority of time is spent working with end users and IT staff to troubleshoot problems related to the server/client computing environment. The position requires excellent communication, technical, and interpersonal skills in addition to the ability to provide superior support and service to a wide range of internal contacts.


•             Responsible for providing timely and accurate end user support for issues of simple to moderate in scope (desktop/network/production applications, LAN/WAN, telecommunications, and hardware).

•             Answer direct calls to the Helpdesk for IT support.

•             Create tickets for all issues reported.

•             Resolve incidents using documentation and pre-defined processes.

•             Independently resolve problems of easy to moderate scope. Provide and document solutions to problems via proven diagnostic techniques.

•             Assist with PC deployment including PC imaging and customization.

•             Assist with conducting new hire equipment and account preparation.

•             Create documentation around solutions to common issues.

•             Escalate issues to Help Desk management as needed.

•             Assist with special projects as requested.

•             Assist with maintenance and monitoring of corporate network.


•             1 to 3 years of end user support experience gained through education and/or professional experience. 

•             Familiarity with all, and good working knowledge of computer hardware and troubleshooting.

•             Good working knowledge of basic networking.

•             Familiarity with LAN, WAN and telecommunications technology.

•             Basic troubleshooting skills, including applications related issues.

•             Experience with Active Directory, MS Office 365 and Windows 10.

•             Apple iOS & Android troubleshooting experience is a plus.

•             Project Management Aptitude.

Experience/Educational requirements: 2-year college degree in Information Technology with professional experience is preferred. However different combinations of education, experience and certifications will be considered.

Must have good analytic, written, and oral communication skills, experience with customer service and be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds.

Successful applicant must possess a valid Montana driver’s license, present a professional appearance at all times, and have the ability to travel occasionally out-of-town. Offers are contingent upon completion of pre-employment drug testing and background check. 

To apply, please visit our website at www.ravallielectric.com  and submit 1) a completed REC job application, 2) your resume, and 3) a letter of interest. Benefit package is available after 90 days and competitive wage is DOE. Position is open until filled.