Employment Opportunities

Lineman Position

Fergus Electric Cooperative, Inc. is seeking a qualified journeyman lineman for a position in Lewistown, Montana. 

Fergus Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative serving 6500 meters in central Montana.  Central Montana is a pristine recreational area surrounded by scenic island mountain ranges and the town of Lewistown is known for its good and plentiful drinking water.

The successful candidate must possess a great attitude, good work ethic, and be committed to safety and service to co-op members.  Fergus Electric is committed to having a strong safety program and safety is the co-op’s priority.

The co-op offers an excellent benefit package. 

Job requirements include a Union Journeyman Lineman Certification, high school diploma, and a valid Montana Class A Commercial Driver License, with an excellent driving record.  An employment physical and a drug screen are required. 

Duties, skills and abilities:

  • Construction, maintenance and repair of overhead and underground distribution and transmission systems. Knowledge of RUS specifications is preferred.
  • Must have ability to climb power poles.
  • Must have ability to operate digger derricks, bucket trucks, backhoes, skid steers and snow cats.
  • Must comply with OSHA safety and health rules.
  • Must have knowledge and ability to perform hot work.
  • Must have basic computer skills. 
  • Must be skilled and able to clear and maintain power line rights of way.
  • Must have effective communication skills.
  • Must be available to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime during power outages and/or emergencies.
  • This position is active and requires daily lifting, standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Employment applications are available online at www.ferguselectric.coop; or call 406-538-3465 to request an application.  Please send resume and application to:  Dale Rikala, Fergus Electric Co-op, Inc., 84423 U.S. Highway 87, Lewistown, MT 59457-2058; email ferguslinesup@ferguselectric.coop; or call 406-538-3465.  Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 15.   



Big Flat Electric Co-op., Inc. is currently seeking a qualified applicant for a journeyman or apprentice lineman position.  Big Flat Electric is a member-owned electric cooperative serving 2,000 meters in Blaine, Phillips and Valley Counties of Northeastern Montana.  The successful candidate will possess a great attitude, good work ethic and be committed to safety and service to co-op members.  Applicant must possess a valid Montana CDL Class A license and will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test and physical. 

Big Flat Electric has an excellent benefits program.  To apply for the position, contact the office at (406) 654-2040 or visit www.bigflatelectric.com to obtain an application and job description.  Submit application, cover letter and resume’ to: Big Flat Electric Co-op., Inc. at PO Box 229, Malta, MT  59538 or by email to: kari@bigflatelectric.com.

Applications must be received in the office by 5:00 p.m. on February 26, 2020. 


Apprentice/Journeyman Lineworker

Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for a full time lineworker position at our outpost in Gackle, ND. This position assists in constructing, operating and maintaining underground and overhead electrical distribution systems.
Closing date for this position is February 21st, 2020. For a full job description with required and preferred qualifications, and to fill out an application, please visit www.dakotavalley.com. Send completed application and cover letter to bradl@dakotavalley.com or mail to:
Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative Attn: Operations Manager
14051 Highway 13
Milnor, ND 58060

Journeyman Lineman

Northern Lights, Inc. in Sagle, ID is seeking a journeyman lineman for a position in Trout Creek, MT.
Northern Lights, Inc. is headquartered in Sagle, ID and serves approximately 17,500 members in north Idaho, western Montana and eastern Washington.
Job requirements include Journeyman Lineman Certification.  High school diploma. Must have or must obtain a MT Class A CDL within 30 days.  Must reside within 30 miles drive of NLI’s Trout Creek, MT warehouse while employed in the position.  Shall make themselves available for unscheduled overtime during consumer outages or emergencies.
Must be knowledgeable and proficient with the use of hot sticks, operating backhoe, cable plows, digger derrick, URD fault finding equipment, RUS construction standards and all overhead and URD maintenance and construction procedures to work credit, program meters, and perform cable locates, right of way clearing in addition to all other functions of Journeyman Lineman.  Emphasis on safety, skill and efficiency.  Must have or be able to obtain Flaggers Card, 24-Hour Hazardous Material First Responder Card, CPR / First Aid Card, Shoring and Excavation Competent Person Certification, OSHA 1910.269 certifications, Forklift Operators Certification. 
This position is considered to be a regular full-time position. The starting date is expected to be April 27th, 2020.
Applications will be accepted until February 24, 2020.  All bids must be by email or in writing and received by 5:00 p.m. PST, on the closing date.  All bids or applications with current certifications should be sent to deed.hall@nli.coop or mailed to:

Northern Lights, Inc.
Deed Hall
PO Box 269
Sagle, ID 83860


General Manager

Fergus Electric Cooperative, Inc., in Lewistown, Montana, is searching for qualified candidates for the position of general manager.

Fergus Electric is headquartered in Lewistown, a beautiful area in the center of Montana. Lewistown is a town of approximately 6,000 residents and is surrounded by the scenic island mountains of central Montana – The Big Snowies, Judith, Moccasins, Bull, Highwood, Little Belt, Castle and Crazy Mountains.  Central Montana is a pristine recreational area and Lewistown is known for having good and plentiful drinking water.
The long-term general manager has informed the board of his retirement date effective June 25, 2020.  The successful candidate will be starting employment on or before that date.

To be considered, candidates must have experience in administration, operations or management in the electric utility industry. Knowledge and familiarity of the cooperative model is desired.  A bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, engineering or a related field is required.  Candidates are desired to have a broad background, including financials, operations, budgeting, strategic planning, power supply, public relations, employee relations and community involvement.
Fergus Electric Cooperative offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  A job description and employment application are available at www.ferguselectric.coop

Applications will be accepted until March 20, 2020.  Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and application to fecpauld@gmail.com or mail to:
Fergus Electric Cooperative, Inc.
c/o Stogsdill & Birdwell, P.C.
224 W Main St., Suite 511
Lewistown, MT 59457
Please contact Board President Paul Descheemaeker at (406) 366-1380 with questions.