Job Listing Details

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Job Listing Detail
Highway Patrol Trooper

*Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.


For more information contact:

State Agency:
P.O. Box 201404
Helena, MT 59620-1404
TTY:Montana Relay Service at 711

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Local Montana Job Service Workforce

Position 41191801
Full-Time Permanent
Varied Shifts
Montana Highway Patrol
Additional Salary Information:

Applicant Pool:If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Special Information:

This is a recruitment for both entry and lateral applicants. An entry-level applicant has not graduated from the MLEA Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course in Montana and does not have any previous law enforcement experience. A lateral applicant meets one of the following requirements: 1. has graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course within the last five years OR 2. possesses a current POST Basic Law Enforcement Certificate (from Montana or another state) AND has been employed in a full-time sworn peace officer position within the last five years.

The results of this recruitment will be for 10-15 positions to be hired in April 2014 for Academy training. Academy training is conducted in Helena. After successful completion of the Academy, new Troopers will be stationed in vacant traffic stations throughout the state of Montana. We anticipate several unknown stations throughout the state including but not limited to: Culbertson, Hardin, Sidney, Terry.

1. Complete a Montana State Application Form on-line or submit a hard copy to the department’s address on this announcement.

2. For BOTH entry and lateral applicants, a resume MUST accompany application in order to be considered.

3. Your application materials will be used to evaluate your written communication skills.

4. Requested documents must be submitted with the application. These may be attached to the on-line application form, mailed, faxed, or emailed to the agency (addresses located on this announcement).

5. Lateral applicants will NOT be required to submit their POST documentation at this time in the application process. Lateral applicants will be asked to submit the certification LATER in the selection process.

Additional materials, references or information submitted, but not requested, will not be considered.

6. The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant’s qualifications may include, but are not limited to, an evaluation of the application, a structured interview, physical fitness testing, performance tests, and reference, background, and credit history checks.

7. All applicants will receive notification of their status in the process. We anticipate this correspondence will be sent from the Patrol’s office (via e-mail) the week of October 28, 2013.

8. Candidates successful in the initial screening will be eligible to participate in regional testing. Regional testing will be a two-day process. The first day will consist of the written testing, pre-employment interviews, and physical fitness testing (MPAT). A candidate must pass each phase to proceed to the next phase on the first day. Candidate scores will determine those candidates eligible to participate in the second day. The second day will consist of a panel interview, job suitability testing, and completion of additional paperwork.

Anticipated dates and locations for the Regional Testing are:

Missoula – November 5-6 (Tuesday-Wednesday)
Great Falls – November 15-16 (Friday-Saturday)
Bozeman - November 19-20 (Tuesday-Wednesday)
Billings – November 22-23 (Friday-Saturday)


Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:
Credit Check
Criminal History Background Check
Driving Record Check

The Highway Patrol Division is the traffic law enforcement division of the Department of Justice and is responsible for the enforcement of motor vehicle and highway safety laws according to state and federal statutes, as well as for the investigation of traffic crashes. 

Recruitment results will be utilized to fill training positions for Troopers in April 2014. The Academy training for entry-level candidates is 22 weeks; training for lateral candidates is 10 weeks. Successful out-of-state lateral applicants must also successfully complete the Montana Law Enforcement Legal Equivalency Course.

Troopers must successfully complete the law enforcement academy training and once appointed, will be on probation for one year. Academy training is located in Helena. The academy is a resident academy. During the academy, cadets receive compensation at $16.984 per hour, uniforms, housing, and meals (except for days off). Cadets must have the ability to adhere to a strict code of behavior and maintain a high degree of personal integrity and discipline. After training, assignment can be made to any vacant station in Montana OR to one of the vacant stations listed earlier in this listing.

Minimum starting pay is $21.23 per hour upon being sworn in as a Trooper. Troopers are members of the MPEA Union #036.

For more detailed information regarding the duties, working conditions, physical demands, and competencies, please view the MHP Homepage for the Trooper position description.


Competencies include, but are not limited to: Effective communications, follows the code of conduct and oath of office; models and follows high standards of honesty and integrity; possesses maturity and emotional discipline; multi-tasking; commitment to the law enforcement profession and to the mission; performs duties for the benefit of the people of the State of Montana; avoids taking actions that departs from public duty or violates the public trust; must be reliable and dependable in performing job-related tasks. 

Education/Experience Please see for all requirements for these positions. 


QUALIFICATIONS: At the time of application, the applicant must possess a high school diploma or a state-issued GED; must possess a valid driver’s license and meet the qualifications to operate a department vehicle or personal vehicle for department business, required by state and department policies.

Successful out-of-state lateral applicants must also complete the Montana Law Enforcement Legal Equivalency Course.

Supplemental Questions: None Required
Additional Materials Required:
  1. Resume