New Job Crime Investigator In Montana

Crime Investigator
Crime Investigator

Crime Investigator

Company : State of Montana
Salary : $30.00 - $32.50 an hour
Location : Montana

Full Description

Division Overview:

Montana’s Division of Criminal Investigation is a diverse public safety team of professionals who provide a full range of criminal investigative services to state, local, and tribal law enforcement. From homicide investigations to illegal narcotics, criminal records, cybercrime, human trafficking, missing persons, or through training and certifying public safety officers, DCI serves as the hub in providing critical law enforcement support. Our diverse customer base includes protecting our vulnerable population, managing the sexual and violent offender registry, serving as the hub of communication for criminal justice information networks and the storage of criminal records, conducting arson investigations, as well as providing intelligence analysis support for local law enforcement. Many of our positions within DCI go without public recognition but remain the lifeline of support for public safety. With a doctrine of service, honor, and justice, this statewide organization provides the best in critical, accurate, and timely service to protect our citizens.

Job Overview:

This is a Criminal Investigator position in the Narcotics Bureau. The Narcotics Bureau is responsible for the coordination and execution of criminal investigations into allegations of felony violations of the Montana Criminal Codes, specifically those related to narcotics enforcement. This position will specifically focus on drug investigations with a violent crime nexus in the Billings and Yellowstone County area. Criminal Investigators work in an undercover, proactive capacity to develop cases that primarily involve violations of state and federal dangerous drug laws as well as other felony criminal violations. Narcotics Investigators also respond to meth labs and provide drug-related training to many different audiences statewide. The bureau consists of four (4) regions: Billings, Butte, Great Falls, and Miles City. This position will also have a portion of its duties comprised of criminal interdiction work including working with the Montana Highway Patrol Criminal Interdiction Team and other types of narcotics interdiction work.

This is a modified position, meaning that the funding is currently authorized until approximately mid-2024.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma.
  • Three years of criminal, investigative, or law-enforcement experience.
  • Firearms’ training is mandated for peace officer requirements and liability.
  • Current POST Law Enforcement Basic Certificate (or equivalent from another state) required.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements for the POST Law Enforcement Intermediate Certificate.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, or closely related with coursework in criminal justice field from an accredited college or university.
  • Five (5) years of investigative experience with a minimum of two (2) years as a full-time investigator handling a variety of felony investigations comparable to those a state agent is expected to handle.

Special Instructions:

Cover letters for this position should address specific experience, training, and/or education that make him or her the ideal candidate for the Narcotics Criminal Investigator position.

The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant's qualification may include, but are not limited to, an evaluation of the résumé and cover letter, a structured interview, performance test, academic transcripts, reference/background checks and fingerprint checks.

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

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:

  • Criminal History Fingerprint Check
  • Intensive Background Check
  • Driving History
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Drug Testing
  • Medical Evaluation

Real ID Compliant Credential Required and/or Passport:

State employees are required to present legally binding photo identification at the time of hire. Generally, this is a valid driver license, U.S. Passport or Employment Authorization ID (Form I-766).

All DOJ positions require a valid REAL ID or U.S. Passport within 60 days of hire, effective May 3, 2023.

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

Tip: When attaching your cover letter and resume you must mark each of the attachments as a “Relevant File”.

Your Cover Letter: How do your qualifications and experience directly correlate to the duties of this position and what makes you the best candidate for the job?

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.

A complete online state application is not required. To initiate an application, attach the cover letter and résumé to be considered for this position. Failure to attach a cover letter and résumé will result in an incomplete application that will not be considered further.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. Please submit DD214 to Terri Christianson at [email protected] via File Transfer Service.

To request an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office.

Your service is rewarded with competitive compensation and generous State of Montana Benefits.

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plans
  • Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays
  • Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program

State of Montana employment may qualify for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

This Organization Participates in E-Verify.

Minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.
Training Assignment: Not Applicable

Job: Safety
Salary: $ 30.00 - 32.50 Hourly
Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 1
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Primary Location: Billings

Agency: Department of Justice
Union: American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Bargaining Unit: 048 - DOJ Criminal Invest Employees

Posting Date: Nov 24, 2021, 3:54:50 PM
Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Dec 13, 2021, 12:59:00 AM
Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume

Contact Name: DOJ Human Resources | Contact Email: [email protected] | Contact Phone: 406-444-5528