Montana Department of Justice - Crime Investigator

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Department Montana Department of Justice
Job TitleCrime Investigator
Registration Fee$20.00
Location Helena, MT

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Montana Department of Justice, MT Police Jobs

Crime Investigator


Every day at the Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. At the Department of Justice we do the right thing for the right reason. If you’re looking for an opportunity to be part of a team that builds a culture of character and excellence, demonstrates collaboration and selfless public service, and upholds the law and pursues public safety, the Department of Justice may just be the career for you.

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. 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 with agents also assigned to Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula


  • High school diploma.
  • Three years of criminal, investigative, or law-enforcement experience.
  • Other combinations of education or experience may be substituted.
  • Must obtain POST certification within one year of hire as required by 7-32-303, MCA.
  • Must meet the following statutory requirements established under 44-2-113 and 7-32-303, MCA:
  • Sound and active physical and mental condition.
  • Good moral character.
  • Residency in Montana.
  • Citizenship in the United States.
  • Valid Montana driver’s license.
  • Pass preservice testing, screening, and training.
  • At least 20 years of age at the date of the preservice test.

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).

For all positions in which access to federal facilities and commercial aircraft is required in order to perform job duties, a valid REAL ID or U.S. Passport must be obtained within 60 days of hire, effective May 3, 2023.


In order 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 the attachments as “relevant”.

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?

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.

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, however you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter and résumé in order 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.  You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

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:  Miles City 

Agency:  Department of Justice 

Union:  Montana Federation of Public Employees 

Bargaining Unit:  048 - MFPE-DOJ Crime Investigators  

Posting Date:  Jun 3, 2021, 4:24:18 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone):  Jun 18, 2021, 1:59:00 AM

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume 

Contact Name:  Human Resources    Contact Email:    Contact Phone:  406-444-5527 

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency's HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.

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Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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