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Veteran Education & Employment

****** FEATURED JOBS ******

Job Service - BUTTE DVOP / LVER

Montana Department of Labor ~ Click the link to see the complete job description (Closes Monday 12/16): https://mtstatejobs.taleo.net/careersection/200/jobdetail.ftl?job=19143022&tz=GMT-07%3A00&tznameDisabled Veteran Employment Consultant- DVOP/LVER (01095)

Partial description, “The Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP)/Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER) combined position is responsible for conducting relationship building, outreach and recruitment activities with businesses and other veteran service providers in the local area.”

READ the application instructions thoroughly and remember to use keywords from the job description in your cover letter and resume!


USDA Forest Service – Northern Region

Search Job Openings: https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach

APPLY: https://www.usajobs.gov/

** GET HELP with YOUR RESUME and/or APPLICATION: Schedule time to visit with Amber! Ask questions re: jobs with the Forest Service, career advice, help with applying for jobs on USAJOBS, help with your resume, other questions about applying or finding jobs, etc. If you have a resume, please email it to amber.kamps@usda.gov BEFORE your scheduled appointment (She will call you at the scheduled time using the phone number you provide in the booking): https://calendly.com/region1jobs/book?month=2019-10

​​​AMERICAN JOB CENTER (AJC)

​​​Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Job Service, Missoula ~ "The VSN's Employment Services Leader"

Or visit 539 S. 3rd St. West, Missoula & utilize the FREE computer / copier / fax & full time assistance available!

  • HAMILTON – MONDAY & THURSDAY: Two Workforce Consultants work at the HRC Building, 303 N. 3rd St., Hamilton, 7:30am to 6:00pm. Contact for appointment: Chelle Twist, (406) 565-2243, chelle.twist@mt.gov

  • EMPLOYERS – Post your jobs for FREE: MontanaWorks Business Account https://montanaworks.gov/employers

​VETERANS receive PRIORITY OF SERVICE for all DLI Employment & Training Opportunities ...EVERYONE is a "Vet Rep!"

  • Registered Apprenticeships:  http://apprenticeship.mt.gov/; Missoula Contact: Jimmie Rude, MT Registered Apprenticeship, 539 S 3rd St W, Cell (406) 214-7941, Jrude2@mt.gov

  • Employers ~ Apprenticeship: U.S. DOL, The Quick Start toolkit https://www.doleta.gov/oa/employers/apprenticeship_toolkit.pdf; U.S. DOL FAQ: https://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/toolkit/toolkitfaq.htm

  • Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) APPOINTMENTS: If you have a service connected disability or Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE), please come into the Job Service and ask for a “one on one” with Workforce Consultant. They will provide core services and complete a “Veteran Screening Form.” If appropriate, they will make an appointment for you to meet with the DVOP.

  • Mock Interviews: Workforce Consultants conduct practice interviews by appointment using the STAR method of Behavioral Interviewing. Call Courtney 542-5781 or Julissa 542-5786 with your availability.

  • WIOA Programs (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act): Adult, Youth, and Dislocated Worker (http://wsd.dli.mt.gov/wioa) ~ call the Job Service, 728-7060 & ask for a "Programs Specialist"

  • ​WORKSHOPS: ALL workshops are FREE & start promptly at 10am (See "Upcoming Events" for current schedule):  

  1. Effective Resumes & Cover Letters, "How to get noticed" ~ Tips on how to make your resume & cover letter relevant to the job you want. Learn how a computer might score your application and how to use keywords in application materials to get the maximum points (1.5 hours).

  2. Smarter Goals (First Thursday of Every Month) “Planning for Your Future” ~ Tips for creating a vision, setting daily and weekly action plans, and building a mindset.

  3. Interviewing Basics, "Putting your best foot forward" ~ Tips on how to prepare for an interview, how to prepare and act the part, and interview do's and don't s.

  4. Job Search for Mature Workers, "Making wisdom & experience count" ~ Tips to combat perceptions, keep life skills current, and resume / interview suggestions.

  5. Basic Computer & Online Job Search, "Learn the keys to looking for work" ~ Familiarize yourself with the computer desktop and navigate the Job Service website.

Questions: Job Service - Missoula, (406) 728-7060

Out of State? Find an American Job Center (AJC) near you:

https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/AmericanJobCenters/find-american-job-centers.aspx

Aerie Backcountry Medicine

https://aeriemedicine.com/contact

Veterans can use their GI Bill on our Montana courses! We offer a variety of classes, from Wilderness First Aid all the way up to Semesters in Wilderness Medicine - which provides certification as an EMT along with Search & Rescue Certs, Rope Rescue Certs, and Swiftwater Rescue Certs! We love having Veterans in our classes!

Questions: (406) 542-9972, emily@aeriemed.com

Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) 

https://www.afciviliancareers.com/

Working shoulder to shoulder, we support and sustain the United States Air Force. Its aircraft. Its facilities. Its infrastructure. Its systems. And all 300,000 active duty Airmen.

We are the civilians who support and sustain the Air Force. At 170,000 strong, we too are a force to be reckoned with.

Shoulder to shoulder, nothing will deter us from success.

Questions: (800) 525-0102 or through DSN 665-0102, or 210-565-0102, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Or, Dr. James (Wes) Venters, Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS), AFPC Talent Acquisition, Campus Liaison, COMM: 210-565-3946; DSN: 665-3946, james.venters.1@us.af.mil

American Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org/about-us/careers.html

Services for Veterans

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/services-for-veterans.html

“As we start our FY20 at the Red Cross we have a few openings for Transportation Specialists, these are the wonderful people that form the driving infrastructure that make up our blood delivery routes in Montana. Sometimes the drives are from Missoula to surrounding towns (Plains, Superior, Salmon) but we also need people for the longer drives to Great Falls after blood drives have ended. Volunteers use Red Cross vehicles, are reimbursed for a meal while on shift and can have a navigator ride along with them. I thought this might be a good opportunity for veterans. I am happy to talk with anyone interested in the position and provide them more information.”

Questions: Gini Kay, Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, American Red Cross of Idaho & Montana, 800-ARC-MONT, Cell (406) 493-8778, virginia.kay@redcross.org

Americans for Prosperity ~ Concerned Veterans for America

https://americansforprosperity.org/careers/

At Americans for Prosperity, we work every day to make sure our grassroots army has the best equipment, technology and teammates to fight for limited government and greater economic prosperity for all.

Questions: Henry Kriegel, Community Engagement Director, Americans for Prosperity – Montana, (406) 581-5410, hkriegel@afphq.org

AmeriCorps ~ Campus Compact

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/search.do

Montana Campus Compact: https://mtcompact.org/americorps-vista/apply-to-serve/

Montana Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.

Questions: Dannette Fadness, BFA, BS, MPA, Montana Campus Compact, AmeriCorps Program Manager, (406) 243-5181, fadness@mtcompact.org

Or, Montana Campus Compact, University of Montana, DHC #020, 32 Campus Dr., Missoula, (406) 243-5177

Apex Systems

https://www.apexsystems.com/

Apex makes it a priority to connect with and recruit veterans and service members to provide them opportunities to utilize their technical skills as a civilian. We support and participate in various partnerships and networking events on an ongoing basis. Military Friendly Designation

Questions: Greg Gilbert, Sr. Professional Recruiter, San Diego, (619) 757-1646, ggilbert@apexsystemsinc.com 

Applied Materials

http://www.appliedmaterials.com/company/careers

Nick (Kalispell DVOP, rmoschetti@mt.gov), “company here in Kalispell that is looking for Veterans! I’ve placed three in the last six months and all still very much enjoy the company. Wages are good to excellent, healthcare, 401K, etc.” (2017)

Questions: staffing_inquiries@amat.com

Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC)

http://www.afsc.com/

Career Readiness Counselors ~ Citizen Soldiers For Life (CSFL)

Referring Montana service members / families to appropriate employment & education resources, financial education / services.

Questions: Pam Brandt, State Career Readiness Counselor, (406) 324-3346, pbrandt@afsc.com

Big Sky Code Academy

Learn to code in Montana - Apply: www.bigskycodeacademy.org

Big Sky SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

http://www.bigskyshrm.org/content.aspx

Big Sky SHRM strives to serve HR professionals and advance the Human Resources profession by providing a variety of programs and services. Programs and services of interest include: Networking with colleagues; Educational lunch meetings; Legal updates; Community involvement; Leadership opportunities; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) CP & SCP certification study groups; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recertification credit hours; Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) PHR & SPHR certification study groups; Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) recertification credit hours; Partnership with other HR associations; Information on local events of interest to the HR community; The Big Sky SHRM Chapter is proud to be a local affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR organization.

Questions: (406) 721-8992 or membership@bigskyshrm.org

President: Sherrie Sorenson, president@bigskyshrm.org

Black Knight Security

https://www.blackknightmt.com/

Dave, Operations, is seeking qualified Veterans for their Armed Security positions. Former law enforcement, military or security experience preferred. Must be eligible to be licensed through the State of Montana to carry a weapon. Will conduct background check and drug testing. Part time positions could lead into a full-time positions. Pay is $12.00/hr - $12.50/hr, DOE. Variable days and hours.

Questions: (406) 493-0806, office@blackknightmt.com

Or, Dave Schreiber, Operations Manager, Black Knight Security, dave@blackknightmt.com

Bunker Labs

Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) ~ US Small Business Administration (SBA)

vbocregion8.com

Bunker Labs Partnership Brings Virtual Network to Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneurs in Montana, Wyoming & Utah.

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) hosted by Big Sky Economic Development announced a new platform for veterans and military spouses pursuing entrepreneurial success in Montana, Wyoming and Utah. The Veterans Building America Slack Channel, a 24-hour virtual network for veteran entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest, has extended the invitation for veterans in these three states to connect with other veteran entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors. With this expansion, any veteran or military spouse in seven states will now be able to connect 24 hours a day to a hive of veteran entrepreneurial activity. The network is hosted by the VBOC at Business Impact Northwest and Bunker Labs in Seattle.

Veterans and military spouses looking for support as they start and grow their businesses can now access the Veterans Building America Slack Channel aSimply click the “Join our Virtual Network” button to be connected.

Questions: Dustin Frost, Veterans Business Outreach Center Director (406) 869-8411, dustin@bigskyeda.org

Caregiver Support in the Workplace ~ Employer Guide

https://hiddenheroes.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Military-Caregiving-Employer-Toolkit.pdf

Supporting Military and Veteran Caregivers in the Workplace Guide is a practical guide for employers to better support their caregiver team members.

Questions: AARP, 877-333-5885

Chamber of Commerce

https://missoulachamber.com/

Business Directory

https://missoulachamber.com/download/member/directory

Citizen Soldiers For Life (CSFL) ~ State Career Readiness Counselor

Referring Montana Army National Guard members to the appropriate resources, and preparing and connecting Montana service members / families with employment & education (Direct employment assistance and case management, financial education/services, and connect to Certified Financial Counselors)

**NEW launch of the Army National Guard Citizen-Soldier For Life website: www.arngcsfl.com/mycareer 

Government servers may need to access the site at https://community.apan.org/wg/csfl/army-national-guard-citizen-soldier-for-life/ 

Locate Career Readiness Counselors, employment resources, and “My Next Career” featuring job opportunities across the States & Territories.  

Questions: Pam, State Career Readiness Counselor, Citizen Soldier for Life (CSFL), (406) 324-3346, pamela.m.brandt2.ctr@mail.mil (Contractor, Patriot Enterprises LLC)

City & County Positions

City of Missoula http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/1726/CivicHR-Jobs-Page

Missoula County https://www.missoulacounty.us/government/administration/human-resources/current-job-openings

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

Corporate America Supports You (CASY)

http://www.casy.us/

Global Security and Mission Support Contract and Service Provider is seeking Veterans, transitioning military, and members of the National Guard. 

The firm offers a great benefits package and a great salary. Food, lodging, and airfare to & from job site are paid for the applicant.

APPLY: www.casy.us (Click on "Job Seeker" tab and search)

Questions: Michael A. Del Rio, Senior Recruiter Connect™ Specialist, Command Master Chief (U.S. Navy Retired), Corporate America Supports You (CASY), (210) 544-7530, mdelrio@casy.us

Department of Defense (DoD) ~ SkillBridge Program

https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/

Looking for your next career step after your military Service? Are you within 180 days of transition? Discover opportunities to participate in training and development with industry and employers who are seeking the high-quality skills that you bring to the table.

Employers ~ Catch talent entering the civilian labor force, AND help service members successfully transition! Through the SkillBridge program, you can tap into the expertise of transitioning service members by sponsoring internship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities through the SkillBridge Program.

Employer portal to sign up: https://lnkd.in/g9c3-Nz

Questions: https://lnkd.in/g9c3-Nz

Department of Transportation

Offers New Resource to Help Military Reservists and Servicemembers Find Jobs in the Trucking Industry

October 28 (2019) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a new job opportunities website to help 18-20-year-olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver's license (CDL) find and apply for jobs with interstate trucking companies.  

"Our country has a shortage of truck drivers. This resource will help military service members translate their training into good-paying jobs safely operating commercial vehicles across the country," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The website features motor carriers throughout the country who are seeking to hire 18-20-year-old drivers as part of FMCSA's Under 21 Military Driver Pilot Program, which was announced in June 2019.  Interested service members, reservists, National Guard, active duty, or military veterans who possess the equivalent of a CDL can use the job listing resource to learn more about job opportunities that are available with participating motor carriers.

FMCSA's pilot program will allow a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.  During the pilot program, which is slated to run for up to three years, the safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers to help determine whether age is a critical safety factor. "We are excited to offer this resource to help military servicemembers find jobs in the trucking industry. With our country's economy growing at record pace, we know motor carriers around the country are looking to hire skilled drivers. We encourage servicemembers, National Guard, and reservists to visit this online directory and look for a trucking job today," said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Jim Mullen. FMCSA's Under 21 Pilot Program is being launched at a time of sustained job growth for the U.S. economy.  The September U.S. Department of Labor jobs report indicated that the national unemployment rate has fallen to a 50 year low of 3.5%. 

ONLINE JOB OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/under21militaryjobs [c212.net]

To learn more about the Under 21 Pilot Program and how to apply, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/under21pilot/under-21-pilot-program [c212.net].

For complete information on USDOT's programs to help veterans transition into civilian careers, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/veteranstransportationcareers [c212.net]

disABLEDperson, Inc.

disABLEDperson.com is the Premier National Job Board for People with Disabilities.

Interview & Resume Tips / Videos (Short, sweet and to the point):

Contact: Mike Corso, President, disABLEDperson, Inc., Mike@disabledperson.com

Electrical Apprenticeship

    Montana Electrical JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee)

    www.mtelectricaljatc.org

    2616 Bozeman Ave., Helena, MT 59601

    The JATC works with contractors throughout the State of Montana to provide on the job training. We provide a minimum of 8000 hours of on the job training as well as five years of extensive classroom training, which will prepare you to take the Journeyman exam.

    APPLY: http://www.mtelectricaljatc.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=APPLY20FOR20AN20APPRENTICESHIP

    Questions: (406) 449-7173 or submit email: http://www.mtelectricaljatc.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/contact.cfm

    Or, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Montana: (406) 431-9836, mgtmorgan@morganconsults.com 

    Montana IEC Electrical Apprenticeship Schoolshttps://www.electriciancareersguide.com/electrician-schools-and-training-in-montana

    Employer.gov ~ Veteran and Service Member Employment

    https://www.employer.gov/EmploymentIssues/Veteran-and-servicemember-employment/

    American veterans bring valuable skills to the workplace ~ Learn how to hire and retain them!

    Questions: 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365); TTY 1-877-889-5627

    Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR)

    https://www.esgr.mil/

    USERRA hotline (800) 336-4590 24/7 or email osd.userra@mail.mil

    ENTREPRENEURS

    • Boots to Business – REBOOT: http://boots2business.org/ Starting or growing a Veteran Owned Business (VOB). FREE for Veterans, active duty / reserves and their spouses (Brought to you by Region VIII Veterans Business Outreach Center and hosted by BSED), (406) 869-8411 / (406) 254-6014​http://www.bigskyeconomicdevelopment.org/

    • Brothers Fund - Business loans for Veterans: http://www.brothersfund.org/index

    • Bunker Labs ~ WeWork Veterans in Residence: https://www.wework.com/veterans-in-residence Bunker Labs provides educational programming, access to resources, and a thriving local network to help military veterans and their spouses start and grow businesses. Questions: Bunker Labs HQ, info@bunkerlabs.org

    • Missoula Chamber of Commerce https://missoulachamber.com/ (Get listed w/your local Business Directory: https://missoulachamber.com/download/member/directory)

    • USOH Vetrepreneur Program, “Vetrepreneur Life: Each year, more than 200,000 U.S. service members return to civilian life, many with dreams of starting their own businesses. Since 2011 USOH has been running successful Vet 2 Vet VP programs. We believe Veterans are a key component to tight labor markets as we take care of each other and Veteran owned businesses will help America prosper. Learn more about how the USOH Vetrepreneur Program helps make those dreams a reality.” Questions: United States of Hope, (406) 880-0696 OR (406) 696-1062, Matt_Amble@unitedstatesofhope.org OR SAM (406) 218-1696, Samuel@unitedstatesofhope.org   

    • Veterans Entrepreneur Portal: http://va.gov/osdbu/entrepreneur/index.asp

    EXPERIENCEWORKS

    Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)  

    http://www.experienceworks.org/

    On-the-job training serving people age 55 and older, who are unemployed and have limited incomes. 

    BRING (Missoula appointments): Copy of Driver License or State ID, Social Security card, documentation of physical address, documents establishing income for the last year, and DD214 (Veterans only).

    Call for appointment: Russ, (406) 214-9420, rjohnson@experienceworks.org  

    OR, questions: (866) 900-7832 shaakinson@experienceworks.org

    FARMING

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

    https://www.fbijobs.gov/veterans

    Continue your service with a career like no other. Veterans bring a unique and valuable set of skills and experiences to the FBI. Explore the diverse career paths within the FBI and discover how to continue serving with a career like no other.

    FAQ: https://www.fbi.gov/about/faqs

    Questions: (202) 324-3000

    Missoula – Local: (406) 549-7696 or (406) 549-0266

    FEDERAL CONTRACTING

    • EARN (Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion) ~ Federal Contractor Requirements:

    http://www.askearn.org/topics/federal-contractor-requirements/

    • FBO.gov (Contract solicitations, awards, etc.)

    • Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization: https://www.va.gov/osdbu/

    FAQS: https://www.va.gov/osdbu/faqs/109461.asp

    • Service Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB and SDVOSB) Contracting:

    http://www.aptac-us.org/veteran-owned-small-business-vosb-sdvosb-contracting/

    Federal Jobs ~ Go to USAJOBS.gov

    Search “Missoula” (without keyword search)

    Ford Veteran Careers Program

    https://corporate.ford.com/careers/veterans.html

    24-month U.S. Department of Labor and GI Bill® approved registered apprenticeship. Every hired candidate will begin their new Ford Technician career with full-time employment at a participating dealership. Once on board at the dealership, the candidate will complete 8 weeks of eLearning and practical exercises prior to attending a 4 week intensive Instructor Led Course at a Ford Service Training Center. Once the training is complete the candidate's learning will continue with selected activities and on the job training at the dealership. Successful participants will become a certified Ford Chassis Technician.

    *** Don Aadsen Ford is joining the program and looking for transitioning Veterans who want to participate at their Ronan dealership.

    Questions: Eric Henricksen, General Manager, Don Aadsen Ford, (406) 676-4420

    FORD: 1-800-392-3673 

    FOREST SERVICE

    Northern Region Jobs: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r1/jobs/?cid=STELPRD3821130

    Search Job Openings: https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach

    APPLY: https://www.usajobs.gov/

    USDA Forest Service – Northern Region (10/2019)

    1. APPLY NOW for a Limited Number of Summer 2020 Jobs ~ Hiring For Permanent Fire Jobs Opening on October 8! Because of a number of human and system issues, some of Region 1's (North Idaho, Montana, and Parks of the Dakotas) temporary vacancy announcements have been re-advertised. The new announcements are currently advertised from now through October 14th

    2. Permanent Jobs ~ Northern Rockies Fire Hiring Event GS-4 through GS-9. The Northern Rockies Region of the Forest Service is pleased to announce our hiring event that is scheduled for October 8th through October 30th. We are looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 11 National Forests located in Idaho, parts of the Dakotas, and Montana. The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires talented people working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, prevention, and apprentices. Included is the hiring event are GS-04 through 09 permanent fire positions.

    3. Hiring Student Interns & Recent Grads! The Forest Service is hiring student interns and recent graduates through the Pathways programs. These paid career opportunities lead to permanent jobs upon successful completion of the program

    ** Tips for Applicants Webinars: Join a webinar to learn more about these jobs and details on how to apply (10/22 or 10/29 at 3pm): https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/hrm_recruitment_hiring/

    (Call-in: 1-888-844-9904; Access Code: 2650892
    ** GET HELP with YOUR RESUME and/or APPLICATION: Schedule time to visit with Amber! Ask questions re: jobs with the Forest Service, career advice, help with applying for jobs on USAJOBS, help with your resume, other questions about applying or finding jobs, etc. If you have a resume, please email it to amber.kamps@usda.gov BEFORE your scheduled appointment (She will call you at the scheduled time using the phone number you provide in the booking): https://calendly.com/region1jobs/book?month=2019-10

    Forest Service VRA Hiring ~ The US Forest Service is hiring Veterans to serve on fire and non-fire crews in Region 1 (Northern Rockies- ID Panhandle, MT, ND). No fire experience or training is required. These positions are full-time, seasonal, entry-level positions. Applicants must have an Honorable Discharge and be eligible to be hired under the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA).

    Questions / APPLY - Email resume to the Lead Forward Coordinators:

    Dan Cottrell (406) 329-4897, cottrell07@yahoo.com

    Or, Ed Culbert (571) 216-4724, culbertedward2@gmail.com

    Franchises for Veterans

    http://veteransfranchise.com/

    GI Bill Comparison Tool (Go to VA Education below for more info)

    https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool

    Explore your options for GI Bill benefits. Learn how to leverage your education benefits for maximum value; look up colleges, training schools, and apprentice programs you’re interested in, and see how much your GI Bill benefits will pay. If a school has a student veterans group that is not represented on the comparison tool, please let us know by emailing us at 224A.VBAVACO@va.gov

    Questions: Email 223D.VBAVACO@va.gov with “Comparison Tool” (website questions) or other, go to: https://gibill.custhelp.va.gov/app/utils/login_form/redirect/ask

    Helmets to Hardhats Building & Construction Careers

    http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/

    HIRE VETS Medallion Program

    U.S. Department of Labor

    To recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain Veterans!

    *** 11/2019 UPDATE: Applications for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program will open to employers on January 31, 2020. For more information about the HIRE Vets Medallion, or assistance with applying, please visit www.HireVets.gov.

    RELEASE: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20191106

    Questions re Press Release: Emily Weeks, (202) 693-4681, weeks.emily.c@dol.gov

    Application / Eligibility Questions: Randall Smith (202) 693-4745, HIREVets@dol.gov

    Or, VA Veterans Experience Office: Bob, (360) 568-4592, robert.mortenson@va.govOR, Montana DLI Vet Program: Dave, (406) 444-1630, dkelly@mt.gov

    Hiring Our Heroes ~ US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

    https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes

    One of the most difficult tasks for Service-members transitioning to civilian life is becoming gainfully employed. Knowing where to start for one's job search can be frustrating. Programs such as Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is here to help Veterans, transitioning Service-members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. 

    Career Summits: https://events.hiringourheroes.org/c/calendar/5e2d95e1-3ee7-499e-9f97-a718b8e15543

    Resume Engine: https://www.resumeengine.org/

    Vet Roadmap: https://www.vetroadmap.org/

    Veteran Fellowship Program: https://www.hiringourheroes.org/fellowships/veteranfellows/

    Questions: (202) 463-5807, hiringourheroes@uschamber.com

    Homeless Veteran Recovery Program

    VA - Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services (HVCES)

    https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/HVCES.asp

    Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)

    https://www.va.gov/health/cwt/

    MONTANA CONTACT (3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison): Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System ~ To support Veterans navigating through some form of recovery and wanting to get back into the workforce.

    Questions: Ryan Luchau, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

    JAN - Job Accommodation Network

    http://askjan.org/

    J.O.B.S. – Job Opportunity Based Services

    http://jobsinfomt.com/

    Jones Brothers Trucking

    If anybody you know has been talking about trucking, have them contact us!

    Jones Brothers Trucking will pay you while you train to get your CDL (Must commit to a “1 year contract”)

    Questions: Rex, JBT Safety / Recruiting / Training, (406) 721-0897 ext 235, Cell (406) 552-5580, rex@jonesbrotherstrucking.com 

    The Lifelong Learning Center

    CLASS INFO / REGISTER: www.MissoulaClasses.com

    ​Questions: Jodie Rasmussen, Adult Education Supervisor, The Lifelong Learning Center, (406) 549-8765, jlrasmussen@mcps.k12.mt.us

    Local Market Information (LMI)

    Bureau of Labor Stats - Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/OOH/

    My Next Move for Veterans: https://www.mynextmove.org/vets/

    Lowe’s

    APPLY: jobs.lowes.com

    Eric Chaffin (Veteran) is a Department Supervisor at Lowe’s and would like to hire Veterans ~ Although, Eric doesn't do the hiring, let him know what you applied for: Eric (406) 329-1800, eric.chaffin@stores.lowes.com

    Questions: Go to local store on N. Reserve or email Ashley ashley.mclean@store.lowes.com

    M1 Support Services ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)

    300 N. Elm St., Denton, TX

    https://asp1.humanic.com/pls/m1ss/hapss_index.apss

    Government services contractor: provides a variety of professional, technical, and maintenance services to the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Competitive salary and a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

    Questions: Dave Hanson, Recruiting Manager, (940) 323-1119, goldie.elizondo@m1services.com

    Military - Civilian

    We work to connect military veterans and their families seeking civilian jobs with companies who have open career opportunities (stateside or overseas).

    Careers Directory: http://www.military-civilian.com

    FREE to view, with no login required (You can submit your resume directly) Sign up for our Hot Jobs newsletter or RSS feeds to get all our job posts straight to your inbox, or join our Hot Jobs for Veterans and their Families group on LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/Military-Civilian.

    Questions: Lucy Jensen, (310) 455-2002, lucy@military-civilian.com

    Military Connection ~ 10 Reasons to Hire Veterans

    https://militaryconnection.com/blog/20476-2/

    Military Friendly Schools

    http://militaryfriendly.com/schools/

    Military OneSource ~ DoD program (Covers all branches of service)

    CALL 800-342-9647 - 24/7 or

    Access Member Connect: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/

    Click MENU, “LOG IN” at the bottom of the page

    REGISTER as Service Provider: Pick “DoD Service Provider” and for “Service,” pick “DoD Civilian” to get the broadest access.

    FREE SERVICES: Job Seeker guidance, career counseling, resume assistance, emergency funds, tax consultations / software, retirement, military and family life counseling & support, confidential non-medical counseling, moving / housing, education & employment, online shopping benefits, legal assistance, adoption, etc.

    Which GI Bill Is Best for You?

    https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/veterans/which-gi-bill-is-best-for-you

    FREE tax serviceshttps://www.militaryonesource.mil/-/miltax-free-tax-services-from-military-onesource

    Questions: Tabetha Garvin-Betancourt, State Consultant / Contractor, (406) 781-4986, tabitha.garvinbetancourt@militaryonesource.com

    Missoula Aging Services

    MISSOULAAGINGSERVICES.ORG

    337 Stephens Ave., Missoula

    Resource Center, Volunteer Opportunities, Care Ombudsman and Caregiver Support ~ MAS also offers multiple classes / workshops such as New to Medicare, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Social Security, etc. all around the Missoula Region (Events: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/missoula-aging-services-7856196095)

    ​Missoula Aging Services Senior Corps – Volunteer Network (RSVP): https://missoulaagingservices.org/volunteer/rsvp-volunteer-program/  

    Senior Corps: 55 and older, Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companion volunteers, mentors, coaches, Meals on Wheels

    ​RECRUITING VETERANS for VETERANS as Senior Companions: Laura, ldegele@missoulaagingservices.org (15 – 40 hours / week w/compassion and desire to help. For 20 hours / week, volunteers receive a “tax-free hourly stipend to help cover costs to income eligible volunteers.” And, “supplemental, accident and liability insurance while you’re in service.”)

    Contact: (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

    Missoula Armed Forces Reserve Center Career Counselor

    7th Bn Area 2 ARCD, 9383 Running W Rd., Missoula, (406) 523-5442, Cindy.j.holmes.mil@mail.mil

    Montana Career Information System

    Tips for online networking, applications, cover letters, resumes, interview tips, soft skills, disabilities / JAN, seniors, criminal records, and military transition assistance / joint service transcripts: https://mtcis.intocareers.org/

    Montana Conservation Corps ~ Veterans Green Corps 

    https://mtcorps.org/join/opportunities-for-veterans/veterans-green-corps/

    APPLY: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV_yz0PHWmB_y9A7cFFkh9qytZFqDlOxw5alqT8vPerK2MIQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

    Questions: Western Wildlands, 508 Toole Ave., Missoula, (406) 728-2720

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry

    Open DLI positions: http://dli.mt.gov/jobopenings  

    Montana Highway Patrol - State Troopers

    *** Military police / security experience is preferred but not required.
    REQUIREMENTS:
    https://dojmt.gov/highwaypatrol/recruitment-applicant-info/

    Questions: Call or text (877) 8-PATROL toll free

    Or, (406) 444-3259, MHPRecruitment@mt.gov

    Montana National Guard Career Counselor

    Cindy Holmes, 7th Bn Area 2 ARCD, 9383 Running West Rd., Missoula (406) 523-5442, cindy.j.holmes.mil@mail.mil

    Montana Office of Public Instruction, State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Education

    http://opi.mt.gov/Families-Students/Student-Resources/Veterans-Adult-Education

    GI Bill and Apprenticeships ~ Veterans can use their GI bill benefits for apprenticeships (They get the equivalent of their housing allowance as a stipend). Programs also need to be approved by the State Approving Agency. The SAA is also responsible for approving 2 year and 4 year college programs for GI bill eligibility (MT Office of Public Instruction: opi.mt.gov).

    Questions: State Approving Authority (SAA) for Veterans Education, (406) 444-4122

    Montana Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) – DPHHS

    http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/detd/vocrehab/mvrofficesbycounty.aspx

    2675 Palmer, Ste A, Msla

    Questions: (406) 329-5400

    Mountain Line

    Applications are accepted year-round:

    http://www.mountainline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Job-Application-May-2018_fillable-1.pdf

    Operators: All new employees are required to go through the same training program. Those with CDL’s with the proper endorsements tend to complete training a couple of weeks before those without. Primarily a customer service position that happens to drives a 30,000 # bus. If the applicant doesn’t like working with the public, then transit isn’t going to be a good fit. Training is usually 4-6 weeks. 40 hours /week ($12.00 per hour); Post-training position is an on-call operator, 30 hours per week guarantee, but usually work 40-50 hours (Post training wage is $14.04 for 90-day probation); Then progression of 5% every 6 months to top scale, currently $20.00; Health, dental, vision, HRA, pension, sick leave, vacation; Teamsters position; USDOT Safety sensitive (Drug testing required)  

    Service Worker: Fuel and clean buses. This position does require a CDL, bus doesn’t deal with the public very often. Mostly evenings and Saturdays; No training period (OJT); Same benefits as above; Starts at $14.80, then 5% every 6 months until top scale of $18.51; 40 hours per week.

    Questions: Jennifer Sweten, WSO-CSSD, Lead Operations Supervisor, Mountain Line, (406) 215-2465, jsweten@mountainline.com

    My Employment Options ~ WORK AT HOME

    https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/

    For Job Seekers With Disabilities and Other Challenges ~ We Specialize in Work At Home Jobs!

    Questions: 1-800-441-3114 ext 754

    National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI)

    Employment Resources: https://nvti.org/Resources/Employment-Resources

    Assisting our nation's veterans secure quality, long-term employment.

    Questions: (844) 423-8872, questions@nvti.org

    The Nature Conservancy

    Hiring Veterans that love working outdoors and want to work for a non-profit! Permanent and seasonal, entry level positions with training available located throughout Montana.  

    Careers: https://www.nature.org/en-us/connect/careers/

    Montana: https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/montana/

    APPLY: https://www.nature.org/en-us/connect/careers/?vu=r.v_careers&tab_q=tab_container-tab_element_281144183

    Questions: Kaylee Kenison (Army Veteran), Operations Specialist, (406) 202-2600, kkenison@tnc.org

    NW MT HR Solutions, Inc.

    SPEAKER for “Veterans at Work - Diversity and Inclusion”

    Helping HR professionals recognize the value of bringing veterans into their workforce.  The goal is to get to every employer in the state. It's FREE and it's incredibly valuable information. 

    Contact: Ronda Wakefield, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPHR, Owner, NW MT HR Solutions LLC, (406) 250-1120, ronda@nwmthrsolutionsllc.com

    Patriot Boot Camp for Military Entrepreneurs

    https://patriotbootcamp.org/

    Since 2012, Patriot Boot Camp has been on a mission to assemble and activate an inclusive community that advances veterans and military spouses in their mission to become creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs leading the new economy.  

    Questions: info@patriotbootcamp.org

    PsychArmor Institute ~ S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Course (FREE)

    https://psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/

    Our hope for this course is that you will become empowered to play a vital role in suicide prevention. This course was developed in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and is presented by Dr. Megan McCarthy, Deputy Director, Suicide Prevention. You will develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States; understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide; and, finally, know what to do if you identify a Veteran at risk. Each of us has the opportunity to be that one person who makes a difference--the person who asks the question that can save a Veteran's life, or the life of anyone struggling with the thoughts of suicide. Using the simple steps of S.A.V.E., we can all make a difference.

    Questions: (858) 755-3006, info@psycharmor.org

    “Plan BEE!” ~ FREE Hands-On Course in Beekeeping for Beginners.

    Based on the book, “Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees.” (cut-outs, trap-outs, swarm removals, etc.) 

    PLAN BEE RAFFLE: Plan Bee is a free bee keeping program for Veterans who raises money from the sale of honey, candles, and a precision instrument raffle each year... Honey, candles, and raffle tickets may be purchased at Westland Seed in Ronan. Battle Worn Flag Cerakote, 6.5 Caliber Creedmore. Only 600 tickets will be sold ($10.00 per ticket)

    TICKETS:

    1. Send a check for the amount of the number of tickets that you would like along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Plan Bee, 33291 North Crow Rd., Ronan, MT 59864
    2. Show up at the Patriots Day event in Bigfork, MT. Plan Bee will be the featured charity that evening.
    3. Catch Chuck Lewis standing in front of one of the Mission Valley supermarkets on Fridays!

    Questions: Chuck Lewis, Plan Bee (USMC 70-74 & Navy 80-88), Montana Honor Guard, Walking for the Fallen (406) 270-5735, montana.honorguard@hotmail.com or PM on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/montanahonor.guard

    Private Employment Services & Temporary Work Agencies

    NO FEES! Find temp work, temp-to-hire, full time and part time opps

    Raytheon ~ Information Technology (IT) & Veteran Hiring

    https://jobs.raytheon.com/military-jobs

    Also working on a military job skills translator to assist Veterans with their transition 

    Perform a req id search: https://jobs.raytheon.com

    Questions: Jason Bunting, IT Operations Manager, Raytheon IIS, (972) 638-6426, jason.a.bunting@raytheon.com

    RESUMES (FREE Veteran Resume builders):

    o   Hiring Our Heroes https://resumeengine.org/

    o   Vet Roadmap https://vetroadmap.org/

    o   Vets.gov https://www.vets.gov/employment/job-seekers/create-resume

    BRAG ABOUT YOUR STRENGTHS ~ VETERANS ARE A VALUABLE INVESTMENT!

    • Employer comments: “Ability to quickly survey a situation to make intelligent decisions,” “Ability to unite individuals from all backgrounds,” “Ability to adapt to any environment and manage stressful situations,” “Veterans show up early, stay late, and work well as part of a team ~ they’re not afraid to work hard to get ahead.”

    • Employer’s describing Veterans: “Accountable, coach and mentor, dedicated to service, disciplined, excellent leaders, hard work ethic, highly technical skills, hit the ground running, initiative, mature, mentor, mission first, personal integrity, professional, punctual, resourceful, respectful, responsible, steadfast loyalty, up for a challenge, the total package!”

    • ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve), “Top 10 reasons to hire members of the guard and reserve: Leadership, professionalism, responsibility, understand diversity, physical conditioning, “can do attitude,” calm under pressure, first class image, on time – all the time, global perspective.”

    RGNext ~ JV of Raytheon and General Dynamics

    Our company, RGNext, is a Space company that maintains and upgrades the instrumentation for Rocket Launch Ground Control at Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg and Ronald Reagan Military Bases. We are a federal contractor with a strong commitment to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment that attracts people of diverse backgrounds and abilities, and encourage individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and minority applicants to apply for our job openings.  

    APPLY:  https://www.rgnext.com/careers/

    Questions: Mary Maves, Human Resources Principal, (321) 428-3454 ext. 4019, Cell (321) 355-0500, Mary.maves@rgnext.com

    ​​Rocky Mountain School of Photography

    “We happily accept VA benefits for our Professional Intensive program! Bob”

    (800) 394-7677, https://rmsp.com/

    Royal Tine Guide and Packer School (royaltine.com)

    Learn all you need to know to live and work as a wilderness hunting guide.

    Royal Tine is approved for veterans benefits and job rehabilitation through the Department of Labor (WIA): http://www.royaltine.com/courses/veterans-benefits/

    Questions: Cody and LeRee Hensen, (406) 859-5138, Cell (406) 370-6737, royal_tine@yahoo.com

    Schwan’s Home Service

    Member of the military? We thank you for your service! As a strong supporter of our men and women in uniform, we will consider recent military experience as a great prerequisite to a career at Schwan’s!

    APPLY: https://www.schwansjobs.com/

    Questions: Katie Dorn, (952) 841-4662, Katie.Dorn@schwans.com

    Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation

    A national nonprofit organization that helps severely wounded post-9/11 veterans complete their higher education.

    Veterans receive comprehensive personal support and financial assistance to achieve success in their post-military careers.

    https://www.sentinelsoffreedom.org/

    2303 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA

    (925) 380-6342, info@sentinelsoffreedom.org

    Shift ~ Internships with High Growth Companies 

    Sign up: https://www.shift.org/signup

    Career opportunities at high-growth media and technology companies

    VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/64180/career-opportunities-shift-org/

    Questions / Handbook: https://cdn.shift.org/guide/resources/Shift_Military_Fellowship_Handbook.pdf

    Simplus & the Vetforce Alliance ~ Salesforce

    https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2019/05/train-hire-military-vetforce.html

    The Salesforce Vetforce Alliance gives military service members and their spouses access to a community of fellow learners and self-paced technical training with Trailhead, Salesforce’s free online learning platform. Since 2014, 15,000 members of the military community have joined the Vetforce Alliance to gain valuable skills, earn certifications, and land meaningful careers in the Salesforce ecosystem. All Veterans and military spouses who are training through the Vetforce program are guaranteed an interview with Simplus. An admin certification is not required to qualify for an interview.

    Questions: Kyle Cochrane, Veteran and Simplus Consultant, kylecmt@gmail.com or connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylecochrane/

    State of Montana Careers

    http://statecareers.mt.gov/

    Montana offers a variety of opportunities to help you make a difference in your community and further your career.  We offer competitive benefits, work-life balance, and family friendly policies.

    Questions: https://statehr.custhelp.com/

    Student Veterans of American (SVA)

    SVA and other Veterans Service Organizations are asking for your input to improve their resources and programs. Sharing your unique stories and experiences will pay it forward for future generations of Veterans –

    SURVEY: https://atlas.studentveterans.org/

    Study Edge

    https://studyedge.com/landing/

    Veterans Study Smarter, Not Harder for Free

    VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/63875/study-edge/

    To unlock the free semester, email veterans@studyedge.com to set up a membership.

    Submittable

    Dustin Monroe, Submittable, “I am Veteran looking to help other Veterans in Missoula as an Data Analyst. I am a combat Veteran and am the hiring manager for this position so please apply. For the right candidate, we would be willing to train you, if you do not meet all the qualifications."

    APPLY: https://resume.submittable.com/submit/144721/data-analyst

    Questions: dustin.monroe@submittable.com

    Suicide Prevention Training

    VA and PsychArmor Institute: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/49409/va-psycharmor-institute-offer-online-suicide-prevention-training/

    FREE 25-minute online training course https://psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/ (Suicide as a public health issue in the U.S.; Signs that a Veteran may be at risk for suicide; Actions people can take if they identify a Veteran at risk)

    TAD PGS (Nationwide)

    From Ben, “Veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to go to our website, register, and enter their resume. If they find a position they feel they are qualified for, they should apply immediately online: https://www.tadpgs.com/ “I will be notified and contact them personally.”

    LinkedIn: Join our group Veterans Hiring Solutions at http://linkd.in/Sg346w

    Ben Marich, Veteran's Outreach Manager, Let TAD PGS and me help you make every day Veterans Day TAD PGS, Inc., (941) 928-5913, Ben.Marich@adeccona.com

    Ticket to Work

    Disabilities ~ My Employment Options

    http://myemploymentoptions.com/

    The Work Site ~

    https://ssa.gov/work/

    Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

    Locator: https://www.taonline.com/TapOffice/veteran-military-Find-TAP-office

    Montana Family Readiness Center, Malmstrom AFB, 7215 - 7911 Goddard Ave., (406) 731-4900: https://341fss.com/airman-family-readiness/

    Malmstrom Air Force Base Pre-Discharge Intake Site: 3633 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (800) 827-1000

    Scott J. Smith, MT Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA), Skyline Ultd Inc. (Contractor), (406) 324-3257, scott.j.smith.ctr@mail.mil

    *** Serves as a point of contact to assist eligible members of the Reserve Components in accessing benefits and health care furnished under laws administered by the Secretary of Defense and benefits and health care furnished in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs  

    TRANSYSTEMS, LLC

    https://www.transystemsllc.com/

    Sugar beet haul in Billings and Sidney ~ Seeking to hire Veterans in Montana

    We offer driving and other opportunities that represent true careers, not just a job. Our employees enjoy driving for us because they are home after every shift (no OTR routes), they do not load/unload heavy freight, and their safety is a top priority. We offer an extensive benefits package and hire new and qualified drivers.

    Questions: Vanessa D Hayden, Employee Marketing Manager, (406) 454-7643, Cell (406) 836-0124, 1901 Benefis Court, Great Falls, MT 59405, vanessa.hayden@transystemsllc.com

    Troops to Teachers

    proudtoserveagain.com

    Gordon Rognrud, COL, USAR (Retired Teacher), (406) 579-7179, Region Office (406) 994-4173, grognrud.ttt@gmail.com
    Or, (406) 579-7179, troopstoteachers@montana.edu

    Teaching Jobs - Montana

    Montana Office of Public Instruction

    http://opi.mt.gov/Educators/Teaching-Learning/Jobs-for-Teachers

    Troops to Transport

    https://www.troops2transport.com/

    Questions: (754) 444-2354, vet.info@troops2transport.com

    Troops to Truckers

    http://troopstotruckers.com/

    Military Waiver Program for CDL Driving Test: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1dmy&urile=wcm:path:/dmv_content_en/dmv/military/troops_to_trucks

    Questions: 800-777-0133

    Unemployment Insurance

    Make a claim: https://montanaworks.gov/

    If you recently separated from the military, UI may ask you to send a copy of your DD214, Member 4 to the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Walt Sullivan Building, PO Box 8020, Helena, MT 59604-8020.

    If you are registered with Job Service Montana, you may have already have an account. All claimants - including those who are job or union attached - will need a MontanaWorks account. Once you login to your account, you can find what you need off the MontanaWorks Dashboard.

    ✓File or Reactivate Your Claim

    ✓Request Payment

    ✓Request a Redetermination or Appeal

    ✓Access Information on Your Claim

    ✓View and Respond to Secure Messages from UI

    ✓Upload Documents

    ✓Use UI Resources (Partial Benefits Calculator, Claimant Handbook, and More)

    Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

    https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/userra

    VETS provides assistance to those persons experiencing service connected problems with their civilian employment and provides information about USERRA to employers. VETS also assists veterans who have questions regarding Veterans' Preference.

    Questions: https://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/userra/

    Montana: Tom Finch, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), U.S. Department of Labor, 715 Front St., Helena, (406) 447-3233, finch.thomas.l@dol.gov

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Program

    https://veteranscurationprogram.org/

    The VCP was created to process at-risk archaeological collections belonging to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   Many of these collections require rehabilitation in order to meet federal standards, and the VCP employs veterans as laboratory technicians to perform this work.  This includes cleaning, re-housing, photographing, and cataloging, providing veterans a valuable bridging experience from active duty into the public sector.

    APPLY (Applications received by March 31st will be considered for the summer term): https://veteranscurationprogram.org/how-to-apply/

    Questions: https://veteranscurationprogram.org/contact-us/

    US Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

    Benefits that veterans receive from employment with CBP: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/veterans

    Marc Rowley would prefer that potential applicants are referred directly to him or one of his team members (for application and hiring guidance). Supervisor Armando Garza, Area Port of Seattle, WA; 206-553-1398; Armando.Garza@cbp.dhs.gov
    Kenneth Longshore, Area Port of Blaine, WA; 360-332-2671; Kenneth.S.Longshore@cbp.dhs.gov
    Harmit Gill, Area Port of Blaine, WA; 360-332-6091; Harmit.Gill@cbp.dhs.gov
    Bret Corneliusen, Area Port of Great Falls, MT; 406-791-6145; Bret.C.Corneliusen@cbp.dhs.gov
    Christopher Misson, Area Port of Pembina, ND; 701-825-5861; Christopher.M.Misson@cbp.dhs.gov

    Questions: Marc Rowley, Program Manager, Seattle Field Office Recruiter, 360-332-3117, MARC.M.ROWLEY@CBP.DHS.GOV 

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Frontline Careers: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/frontline-careers

    National recruiting events: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/events 

    Questions: Diane B. Anderson, EEO Officer, Privacy and Diversity Office (PDO), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Seattle), (206) 370-3765, diane.b.anderson@cbp.dhs.gov

    US DOL Apprenticeship Locator

    https://www.apprenticeship.gov

    Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

    Questions: 877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627)

    US DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

    https://www.dol.gov/odep/

    To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors the following three policy development and technical assistance resources

    Questions: 1-866-487-2365

    Montana - Questions: John Pavao, State Diversity Program Coordinator, Department of Administration, State Human Resources Division, (406) 444-3984, jpavao@mt.gov

    VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

    https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool

    APPLY - GI Bill:

    ​http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp  

    Current payment rates

    http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp
    WEAMS ~ VA Approved Education (To use GI Bill)

    https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/searchInst.do#content-area

    VA for VETS - Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO)

    https://www.vaforvets.va.gov/vaforvets/JobSeekers/resources/Pages/Training-and-Resources.asp

    The Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO) provides employment readiness assistance and outreach to transitioning service members, Veterans, and eligible military spouses while advocating the use of special hiring authorities, employment programs, and Veteran retention strategies to help VA become the employer of choice for Veterans and military spouses.

    Questions: (202) 461-7759,  vesovets@va.gov

    VA Montana Health Care Applications

    https://www.montana.va.gov/careers/

    Questions: VA Voc Rehab, 2681 Palmer St., Ste N, Msla, (406) 258-1084

    Fort Harrison (406) 495-2012

    VA Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

    http://www.va.gov/osdbu/  

    Our mission is to enable Veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses.

    Questions: 844-698-2311

    VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31 Program)

    Info & Apply: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab

    LOCAL OFFICE: 2681 Palmer St., Ste N, Msla, (406) 258-1084

    Fort Harrison (406) 495-2012

    Veteran Air Warriors

    https://veteranairwarriors.org/

    Are you a Veteran? Do you Desire a Career in the Aviation Industry? VETERAN AIR WARRIORS is Here to Help! Visit our website to apply and have Veteran Air Warriors Guide you to a Career in Aviation!

    VAW was founded by Mike Overstreet, Owner & Founder of Corporate Air and a U.S. Marine. He had the vision of helping Veterans find a significant career path within the aviation industry. It is our mission to prepare our vets to excel within these great professions. We are honored to give them an opportunity to provide a good life for their own families, after they have fought so hard to protect ours.

    Michael Overstreet, USMC, 1001 S 24th St W, Creekside One Ste 111, Billings, Montana 59102, (406) 530-7229, info@veteranairwarriors.org

    Executive Director: Jake Penwell, US Navy Veteran, jakepenwell@hotmail.com

    Veterans are a Valuable Asset ~ VA Veterans Employment Kit

    Explain to employers how you're an asset for them!

    https://www.va.gov/VETSINWORKPLACE/valuableassets.asp

    Veterans ASCEND

    Veterans: Create your FREE skills profile https://veterans.veteransascend.com/

    “Web-based veteran employment system that changes the way employers find and hire veterans.”

    *** Veterans ASCEND is kicking off a campaign to build a military spouse employment module to help military spouses connect with employers like we are doing for Veterans and separating servicemembers.

    Video: https://ifundwomen.com/projects/support-military-spouses

    We currently have 105 positions across the country that employers are looking for Veterans to fill.

    Questions: Stacey Wiggins, Cofounder / Chief Operating Officer, (864) 395-5314, stacey@veteransascend.com

    Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana (VCNWM)

    Members of the coalition have been actively scheduling and providing Veteran Specific QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training. If you have an organization or group who would like to get this valuable FREE suicide prevention training, please email request to: info@vcnwm.com

    Questions: Nan Wise, Executive Assistant, (406) 407-2153, nan@vcnwm.com
    Or, Jim Higgins, (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)

    VEOA is a special hiring authority, which gives eligible Veterans access to positions that otherwise may have only been available to current competitive service employees. In VEOA appointments, preference eligible and Veterans are not given preference, but they are allowed to compete for job opportunities that are not offered to other external candidates. A VEOA eligible who is selected will be given a career or career-conditional appointment.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/veoa/

    FEDS HIRE VETS: https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/special-hiring-authorities/#content

    Regional VA for Vets contact: Mark, (513) 497-7284, mark.berninger@va.gov

    Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC)

    Free for eligible Veterans: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/fgib/VetTec_Veteran.asp

    Questions: VA Education Call Center, (888) 442-4551, VETTEC.VBABUF@va.gov

    Veterans Enterprise Technology Solutions (VETS), Inc.

    VETS, Inc. is an award-winning, customer-focused, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business providing support to Government & commercial customers. Our Mission is to be a recognized leader in providing superior information technology and management services for the Federal Government and State Agencies.  

    https://www.vets-inc.com/careers

    Questions: Dena, Veterans Enterprise Technology Solutions, Inc., (434) 374-5899, DGraham@vets-inc.com

    Veterans Green Corps (MT Conservation Corps) ~ FREE Wildland Firefighting Training for Veterans

    https://mtcorps.org/join/opportunities-for-veterans/veterans-green-corps/

    APPLY: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV_yz0PHWmB_y9A7cFFkh9qytZFqDlOxw5alqT8vPerK2MIQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

    Questions: Western Wildlands, 508 Toole Ave., Missoula, (406) 728-2720

    Vets In Tech – Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment

    http://www.vetsintech.co/

    VetsinTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!

    Questions: https://vetsintech.co/contact/

    Veteran Job Banks & Employer Toolkits

    Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) ~ US Small Business Administration (SBA)

    vbocregion8.com

    Bunker Labs Partnership Brings Virtual Network to Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneurs in Montana, Wyoming & Utah.

    The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) hosted by Big Sky Economic Development announced a new platform for veterans and military spouses pursuing entrepreneurial success in Montana, Wyoming and Utah. The Veterans Building America Slack Channel, a 24-hour virtual network for veteran entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest, has extended the invitation for veterans in these three states to connect with other veteran entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors. With this expansion, any veteran or military spouse in seven states will now be able to connect 24 hours a day to a hive of veteran entrepreneurial activity. The network is hosted by the VBOC at Business Impact Northwest and Bunker Labs in Seattle.

    Veterans and military spouses looking for support as they start and grow their businesses can now access the Veterans Building America Slack Channel aSimply click the “Join our Virtual Network” button to be connected.

    Questions: Dustin Frost, Veterans Business Outreach Center Director (406) 869-8411, dustin@bigskyeda.org

    Veteran Owned Business (VOB) Directories

    VOB - search by state and county: http://www.veteranownedbusiness.com/

    Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VMBOA): https://vamboa.org/

    Buyveteran.com (Free, nationwide web directory of all veteran owned business): https://www.buyveteran.com/

    Veterans Preference Explained

    https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/

    If you are claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit an (SF-15 (PDF file)).

    You may obtain a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs reflecting your level of disability for preference eligibility by visiting a VA Regional Office, contacting a VA call center or online.

    Veterans Upward Bound

    FREE College Prep Courses

    Complete academic refresher available live online for veterans who don’t have access to on campus classes

    or who prefer to participate from home. 

    Statewide: vubmt.com (Go to Contact Us for the inquiry & application forms)  

    VUB will help you get academically prepared for college or a training program with classes and workshops (Algebra, anyone? Computers skills?  Writing without using bullet points?) so you are ready to be back in an educational environment, know what to expect and have the skills you need.  For questions about admissions, GI Bill and financial aid, how to choose a major or pick classes, find student support services on campus, anything you wonder about regarding starting college as a veteran, we are here.  VUB has helped veterans prepare for and enroll in college since 1992.  Along the way we have learned a little.  Let us help you. 

    INFO / APPLY: http://vubmt.com/locations/missoula.php

    Questions: (800) 356-8387

    Or, Lori, Director, MSUN Center for VETS, Veterans Upward Bound, (406) 794-3063 or (877) 356-8387, lborth@vubmt.com

    Or, Daryl, UM / Missoula College VETS Office, (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

    Volunteers of America ~ Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) & Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

    https://www.voanr.org/

    • HVRP provides homeless / at risk Veterans assistance w/obtaining gainful, long term, and meaningful employment. HVRP provides additional job hunting support services called “Individual Case Management” which includes job search assistance (resume reviews / preparation, referrals, interviewing skills, and retention / post-employment services), vocational training (financial assistance to get into training programs), transportation assistance, work tools / phone / clothing assistance.

    • SSVF is designed to assist with housing stability. Eligible veterans receive case management and referrals to Veteran Administration (VA) and community resources for securing or maintaining permanent housing. Participants may be eligible to receive short term financial assistance. SSVF provides eligible Veteran families with Case Management, assistance obtaining VA benefits, and other supportive services

    VOA - HVRP Missoula: Nancy Wittmier, Employment Service Coordinator, (406) 926-3600, nwittmier@voanr.org

    VOA - SSVF Missoula: Kimberly Bell, Service Coordinator, (406) 926-3600, kbell@voanr.org

    VOA - HVRP Helena: Scott Brooke, Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, HVRP Program Manager, 406.996.1139, C 406.270.8074, sbrooke@voanr.org

    Walgreens HERO Program

    https://jobs.walgreens.com/veterans

    40% Tuition Discount ~ Apply online for Shift Lead or Assistant Store Manager Trainee (ASMT). We know that hiring a military veteran is one of the best decisions we can make. You’re proven leaders, quick learners, team players, and you know how to get the job done and motivate others with passion and pride. Requires at least 6 months of military experience

    Questions: (866) 967-5492 or email corporate.careers@walgreens.com

    Whitetail Ranch Center

    123 Main St. #2, Three Forks, (406) 404-7300, http://whitetailranchcenter.org/

    WRC’s mission is to empower Veterans to “lead independent, productive, and healthy lives.”

    The ranch will be open in 2019 or 2020 and will include an intense, 6 months – 2 year program (free) of “pathways” and “added value projects” (culinary training, equine-assisted therapy, growing squash / melons / berries) to learn vocational skills. WRC will be able to assist Veteran entrepreneurs with business plans, setting up SBA loans, etc.

    Questions: Julie M. Tudor, ED.D., CEO/Co-Founder, Whitetail Ranch Center (WRC), (406) 404-7300, julie@whitetailranchcenter.org

    Workforce GPS ~ Resources for Military Spouses, American Job Center Staff, and Organizations that Support Spouses

    https://www.workforcegps.org/resources/2019/05/23/14/47/Military-Spouse-License-Recognition-Resources

    Military Spouse License Recognition Resources

    In recent years, most states have passed laws creating streamlined license recognition options for military spouses.  The U.S. Department of Labor has created resources to help military spouses, organizations that support military spouses, and state agencies and licensing boards understand and take advantage of these laws.

    Questions: https://www.workforcegps.org/resources/2016/04/14/13/51/WorkforceGPS_Frequently_Asked_Questions

    Or, support@workforcegps.org