Employment Opportunities

General Manager

Park Electric Cooperative, based in Livingston, Montana, seeks an experienced leader to succeed the current general manager (GM), who will be retiring April 1, 2019. The general manager serves as the chief executive officer of the cooperative and is responsible for the overall development and implementation of a comprehensive and effective management program, including strategic planning, annual work plans, financial management, budgeting, engineering, operations, purchasing and warehousing, wholesale power supply, billing, staffing, human resources, information technology, member services and public relations. 

Park Electric, located one hour north of Yellowstone National Park, provides power to more than 6,000 services in portions of four Montana counties, with 1,500 miles of distribution and 46 miles of transmission line. The successful candidate will report to a seven-member board of directors and should have a minimum of eight years of senior management experience in the electric utility industry, preferably with a rural electric cooperative. Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field. The board will also consider senior level management experience with an emphasis on operations in the electric utility industry and strong leadership skills. Candidates must possess outstanding oral and written communications skills. It is essential that the GM have strong interpersonal skills, a positive attitude and be driven by the cooperative concepts and principals.  Park Electric Cooperative offers a comprehensive benefits package and a salary structure commensurate with qualifications and representative of the market. Please provide electronically: A completed application, resume, at least three professional references and cover letter by Dec. 15, 2018 to info@parkelectric.coop   Please visit http://www.parkelectric.coop/content/jobs-park-electric  for the application and a detailed job description. 

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 is open until filled. (EOE)


Chief Operating Officer

Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC) invites applications for the position of Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to the General Manager. MEC has contracted with NRECA’s Executive Search to
facilitate the search process.
The COO will provide leadership for the Engineering and Operations Departments, setting the direction of their activities, and achieving strategic goals in pursuit of MEC’s vision, “Our business is providing
energy. Our mission is serving our Members.” The successful candidate will be one of integrity with an unwavering commitment to safety, effective communication, and teambuilding.
Key responsibilities include:

  • Leadership: Assists the GM in programs, policies, contracts and methods to promote and facilitate the effective and efficient operation of the Cooperative. Instrumental in the development, evaluation, and implementation of the Cooperative’s strategic plan. Leads and supports all engineering, construction, safety, operations, and maintenance activities. Fosters a culture of excellence at headquarters and in the field.

  • Safety and Compliance: Creates and supports a culture in which each employee owns safety. Models advanced risk management and safety behaviors by leading efforts that keep MEC, its employees, and the public safe from physical or cyber threats.
  • Planning: Directs and supports the preparation of engineering plans and operational studies to assure adequate system capacity, service reliability and workplace and public safety. Oversees MEC’s maintenance program (SMART). Responsible for departmental budgets.
  • Internal and External Relations: Represents MEC in various capacities with other utilities and agencies, serving to promote positive member relations in the community. Nurtures contact within the industry and keeps abreast of current technologies and all applicable laws and regulations.

Demonstrated leadership skills, high ethical standards, strong written and interpersonal communications skills and high business acumen is required. Promoting teamwork is essential. Bachelor’s degree with a
major in engineering, and at least 5 years supervisory experience preferably in an electrical distribution cooperative, or certified as a Journey Lineman, with at least 10 years of line experience, including at least
5 years’ experience in a supervisory role, or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Missoula Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned electric cooperative with 42 employees providing service to more than 14,600 meters within a 986-square-mile service area located in western Montana.
Residential members are the co-op’s largest single consumer group.
Missoula, the second largest city in Montana with a metropolitan population of more than 117,000 is the home to the University of Montana, a public research university. Missoula is a regional destination for
shopping, dining and cultural events including symphony, ballet, theatre, film festivals and college sports. Three rivers run through town adding to the charm of the city. The area is a haven for outdoor recreation
and wildlife opportunities including fishing, hiking, birding, biking and camping. The cooperative offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a competitive salary commensurate
with qualifications. Please submit electronic resume, at least three professional references and cover letter.
Applications will initially be reviewed on November 30. Any other applications received after the above date will be considered until the position is filled.
Email: ExecutiveSearch@nreca.coop

Journeyman Lineman

Big Horn County Electric Cooperative in Hardin, MT, has an opening for a journeyman lineman at our Lodge Grass service center. Applicants must have or be able to obtain a Montana CDL, have completed a recognized four year apprenticeship program; be proficient in operating digger derricks, bucket trucks, trenchers, underground locating and fault finding equipment; be in physical condition to carry out the work associated with overhead and underground power lines; be willing to work in extreme conditions such as heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, at all hours and be on a rotating “On Call” list;  have experience in rubber gloving, the operation of OCR’s and regulators, underground and overhead distribution lines. Having a positive safety minded attitude and being a “team player” is a must.  We may be willing to hire an apprentice.
The successful applicant will be required to live within 15 minutes driving time of work, take a pre-employment physical and drug test, and be on a 6 month probationary period.
We are a farming/ranching community serving rural residents, including three phase irrigation and pumping loads, an oil field, and some small and large commercial loads in Big Horn County, Montana and a small part of North Central Wyoming.
BHCEC offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits program.
Send resume to:  Bill Watson, Lodge Grass District Supervisor, Big Horn County Electric Cooperative, INC., PO Box 410, Hardin, MT 59034 or bwatson@bhcec.com (406)639-2341.  A company employment application with references will be required along with work history dating back five years.  Applicants can obtain a copy of the employment application at www.bhcec.com.  Position will be open until filled.