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Butte is preferred location, but will consider Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena or Missoula.


  • Associate Degree in land surveying or an equivalent program
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • Valid Drivers License and satisfactory driving record
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge of automated system functions and operations, GPS/GNSS applications, Trimble total stations, Trimble Business Center, OPUS, Montana State Plane coordinate system
  • Excellent physical condition and have a safe work ethic
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to quickly learn specialized computer applications
  • Ability to spend majority of time in field environment, subject to all field and weather hazards
  • Ability to walk for long periods and perform moderately strenuous physical labor, which includes lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds for long distances on uneven terrain
  • Ability to travel extensively, 50% or greater
  • Ability to pass an employment physical, a drug test and a background check
  • Experience in surveying and Montana PLS or LSI licensure preferred, or the ability to obtain
  • Drafting, engineering, right-of-way experience a plus


  • Collect and interpret field survey data as well as stake structures to support electric transmission line construction as it relates to line location, substation construction, engineering, permitting and reclamation activities
  • Coordinate, plan and perform detailed surveys as required to support the needs of the company including: rights-of-way for electric transmission lines and distribution lines that cross State or Federal lands, river crossings, railroad crossings, as well as prepare documents for purchases of new land or additions of lands
  • Develop efficient and cost effective work processes and standards
  • Keep up with current best survey practices
  • Make recommendations for updating and replacing survey instruments
  • May be required to record land corners in local Clerk and Recorders offices as needed
  • Implement innovative solutions to improve performance and efficiency of surveying activities
  • Responsible for bidding, selecting, and monitoring contract surveying
  • Adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics
  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

Full-time position.

$25.97 - $45.33 per hour, depending on experience. Benefits include: 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%; healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision; Health Savings Account (HSA); healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA); Employee Assistance Programs; Life Insurance; paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays.

Open until filled.