Groundman - Lewistown, MT

  • Northwestern Energy
  • Nov 22, 2021
Full time Distribution-Shipping Operations

Job Description



POSTING DATES: November 22, 2021 through December 6, 2021


Groundman (Electric Line)


Distribution Operations

Work Location

Lewistown, MT


U056 ($29.83 Per CBA)

Employment Status

Seasonal Full-Time (layoff expected 12/30/22, subject to rehire the following spring)

Employment Physical


Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit





The Groundman performs various manual labor and equipment operation tasks to assist the Lineman crew to install, maintain, and service the electrical transmission system. This is an entry-level position that may be used to prepare the worker for entry into a Lineman Apprenticeship. The Groundman may be called upon in emergency situations.


  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to 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
  • Communicate verbally and understand audible signals in emergency/safety situations and in general to assist in keeping worksite area safe
  • Assist line crews to install, maintain, and service the electric power-line transmission system
  • Observe and perform safe practices for operating in the vicinity of crews working on potentially hazardous electrified equipment
  • Organize, restock, and perform basic preventative maintenance on equipment, trucks and shop
  • Use hand tools and operate heavy equipment to dig ditches and pole holes
  • Work overtime including call out availability for evening and weekend shifts-especially in response to acute service needs
  • Follow directions from crew members
  • Work as a team member to safely and efficiently complete work activities
  • Use problem-solving skills and initiative to foresee equipment needs of the crew and to identify and alert the crew to potential safety concerns
  • Tie specific knots and use blocks, tackles, pulleys and hand lines
  • Adapt to technological changes as they are implemented*
  • Organize and perform regular and preventative maintenance on equipment
  • Interact with the public appropriately to maintain safety on work site
  • Perform individual lift of equipment weighing up to 75 pounds


  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Certification from a qualified pre apprentice training program a plus
  • Valid Commercial Driver's License and satisfactory driving record
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Knowledge of applicable codes and safety policies/procedures
  • Looking for candidates with interest/aptitude potential to move into apprenticeship
  • Continued employment dependent upon overall performance and success in moving into the apprenticeship program
  • Selected into an apprenticeship will require the successful candidate to reside within 15 minutes of the Service Center


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.


External applicants should apply online at Internal applicants should apply online at iConnect. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 1-800-245-6977, or via email at

NorthWestern Energy

Human Resources Department Job #3484

3010 West 69th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes.