Employment Opportunities

Government Relations Professional

The Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (MECA) is conducting a search for a government relations professional to join our team. 

Experience and Skills
The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills, excelling at communicating, with strong listening skills.  Writing and verbal presentation skills are a plus.  The ability to think strategically and proactively, and work well in a team, is very important.  Experience with legislative and regulatory processes and familiarity with the utility industry, as well as agriculture, is desired. 

Position Summary
The successful candidate will be part of the MECA lobbying team.  This is a full-time salaried position based in Great Falls, Montana.  The ability to travel regularly is required. Extended stays in the state capital during the biennial legislative session are also required. The candidate will report directly to the CEO and, in addition to lobbying, will represent MECA at various meetings, as well as work with other MECA team members on numerous projects.

Essential Personal Attributes

  • Integrity
  • Adaptability
  • Present one’s self well
  • Ability to remain positive in difficult situations

Desired Competencies

  • Business Acumen
  • Communication Skills, including exceptional ability to listen
  • Electric Distribution System Knowledge
  • Cooperative Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Ability to Effectively Manage Time
  • Ability to Lift and Move up to 50 pounds

Valid Driver’s License

Background on MECA
The Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association is a not-for-profit, statewide trade association representing 25 consumer-owned electric distribution cooperatives and three wholesale power supply cooperatives.  Electric cooperatives provide electricity service to more than 400,000 Montanans, or about 40 percent of the state’s population.  The cooperatives’ service areas cover all 56 Montana counties.  Collectively, Montana’s electric cooperatives own and operate more than 56,000 miles of transmission and distribution power lines in Montana.  Each cooperative is customer-owned, locally controlled and not-for-profit.

Competitive compensation and benefits package.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please e-mail a resume’, letter of interest and three work-related references. All applications must be submitted electronically in one .pdf file.  Submit the file to gary@mtco-ops.com  by the application deadline of Friday, May 31, 2019.  All written correspondences are to be addressed to Gary Wiens, CEO, Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association, P.O. Box 1306, Great Falls, MT  59403. Oral questions may be referred to Lea Potoczny of the MECA office.  The phone number is (406)761-8333.


Journeyman/Apprentice Lineman

NorVal Electric Cooperative, Inc. is seeking qualified applicants for the position of journeyman lineman and/or apprentice lineman. NorVal is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative with headquarters located in Glasgow, MT. Currently serving over 3,400 meters within a service territory of five counties. NorVal owns and maintains approximately 2,200 miles of electric power distribution lines and 193 miles of transmission line.
This position will perform assigned work related to construction, maintenance and repair of overhead and underground electric distribution system, and related equipment. Requirements will include working in inclement weather conditions, working overtime, and being on-call as required.
RUS/Cooperative background is highly desirable; experience in Hot Line preventive maintenance work with rubber gloves and hot line tools is required as well as knowledge of all line materials, assemblies, equipment, and apparatus. Applicants must possess a high school education (or equivalent), certification from an accredited Power Line Program, in addition to a 4-year Apprenticeship Program. Applicants must possess, or be able to posses, a Class A CDL with air brakes.
This position includes an excellent NRECA benefits package including 401(k), paid vacation, and medical insurance. NorVal is an equal opportunity employer.
Wages depend on level of experience.
Applications will be accepted until position has been filled.

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.