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Department Montana Department of Justice
TypeEntry Level
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Helena, MT

Job Announcement

Montana Department of Justice, MT Public Safety Jobs

We are seeking five professional candidates who are looking for a career and an opportunity to make an impact in the State of Montana.


Job Overview:

The Highway Patrol Division is the traffic law enforcement division of the Montana Department of Justice and is responsible for the enforcement of criminal and motor vehicle and highway safety laws on highways according to state and federal statutes, as well as vehicular crash investigations.


Are you ready for a career that offers fantastic opportunities such as.

· Canine Handler

· Homicide Investigator

· Special Response Team

· Executive Protection

· Safety Enforcement Traffic Team

· Criminal Interdiction Team

· Academy Instructors


Currently, we are only accepting Entry-level Trooper candidates who upon selection are available to attend the September 2023 academy. If there are additional vacancies after this recruitment cycle, the division will accept lateral applicants in the fall for a December 2023 -January 2024 advanced academy.

An entry-level candidate is a person who has not graduated from the MT Law Enforcement Academy Officer Basic Course and does not have any previous law enforcement experience. Academy training is a resident academy in Helena/Boulder and is 24 weeks for entry-level candidates.

During the academy, candidates receive compensation at $20.35 per hour and State of Montana benefits. All uniforms, weapons, gear, housing, and meals (except for days off) are provided. After successfully completing the training academy, candidates may be sworn in as Troopers. Candidates not employed upon completion of the academy, due to lack of trooper vacancies, will be placed on a reserve list. Candidates on the reserve list will be subject to an additional background investigation prior to appointment as a sworn trooper. Upon being sworn in as a trooper, the minimum starting pay is $25.44 per hour. In addition, the sworn Trooper positions are part of a collective bargaining unit represented by MFPE.

Initial screening will take place on May 16th-17th. Candidates successful in the initial screening process will be eligible to participate in the written testing. The written testing will be administered virtually. Candidates eligible to continue in the process will be provided testing dates via email. The tentative dates for the virtual testing are May 30th through June 2nd.

Candidates passing each phase may be eligible to proceed to the next phases in the selection process. The next phases include a one-on-one interview, job suitability testing, additional paperwork completion/supporting documents, backgrounds, and conditional offer testing. Correspondence regarding testing will be sent via email due to the number of anticipated applicants.

Choose where you want to live and work in Montana! Candidates who are successful in the selection process and offered employment to attend the academy will be allowed to select duty station assignments (pending final approval from the Chief of the Patrol). These assignments will be assumed after successful completion of the academy and Field Training Assignment.

Minimum Qualifications:

At the time of application, the candidate must:

  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Possess a high school diploma or a state-issued equivalency diploma.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and meet the qualifications to operate a department vehicle or personal vehicle for department business.

The position requires the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Utilize active listening and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to multi-task and process information quickly.
  • Adhere to the Montana Highway Patrol code of conduct and oath of office.
  • Maintain and role model a high standard of integrity and ethos.
  • Be reliable and dependable in performing job-related tasks.
  • Tolerate a high degree of stress and remain calm under emergent and emotionally charged situations


To be considered for this position, you must attach a résumé at the time of application.

Tip: When attaching your resume you must mark each of the attachments as a “Relevant File."

Your Résumé: Please include all work experience as well as job duties that demonstrate your qualifications for this position. Include dates of employment (month & year- start & end) and the reason you left each job.

Amazing State of MT benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plan - Highway Patrol Officers' Retirement System
  • Additional 457b Deferred Compensation plan
  • Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays
  • Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program

Closing Date (based on your computer's time zone)May 15, 2023, 11:59:00 PM








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