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Published January 25, 2022

Position Details

Position Title: Public Works Director
Organization:  Lewis & Clark County, Public Works Department
Pay Rate:  $49.68 – $58.45 – per hour
Position Type/Status:  Permanent, Full-time, Exempt
Closing Date:  February 15, 2022

Position Description Summary

Lewis and Clark County is hiring a Public Works Director to manage and direct the Public Works Department operations, programs, and services, and provide supervision to the department.

The County Public Works Department is responsible for the following divisions or areas of services.

  • Public Works Administration
  • Roads, Bridge, and Sign Divisions
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Solid Waste Division
  • Building Maintenance Division

Public Works Administration oversees the administration and financial operations of all programs, services, and projects of the Lewis and Clark County Public Works Department.

The Road, Bridge, and Sign Divisions are responsible for maintaining County roads and bridges. During the winter they provide County residents with snow removal services such as plowing and sanding.  They oversee the design and reconstruction of existing roads and bridges, perform maintenance projects such as pothole repairs, chip seals, striping, signage, safety modifications, drainage and storm water improvements.

The Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of County vehicles.  This includes large equipment such as graders, backhoes, loaders, snowplows, dump, patch, and water trucks.  They also perform light vehicle maintenance on pickups and sedans

The City of Helena Solid Waste Division is responsible for the management of the Lewis and Clark County Landfill, the Marysville Container Site, the closed Scratch Gravel Landfill, and represents the Department of Health on the Lincoln and Augusta Solid Waste Boards.

The Building Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the following County-owned buildings.

  • County Attorney
  • Public Defenders
  • District Courts,
  • Municipal Court
  • Justice Court
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Community Services
  • Public Health


Lewis and Clark County offers a competitive benefits package!


  • Health Coverage – 2 Types of Health Plans which include medical, dental, vision, and pharmacy coverage.
    • Traditional Plan – cost for employee only is $50 per month and with the Wellness incentive, the cost may be reduced to $0 per month for full-time employees.
    • High Deductible Health Plan – cost for employee is $0 per month and an additional $1200 per year to a Health Savings Account for full-time employees.
  • PureView Health Center – preferred clinic provider and no cost to the employee and dependents
  • Retirement plans
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave and Holidays
  • Employees are provided with $25,000.00 of Life Insurance and $25, 000.00 of AD&D insurance as a new employee.
  • Wellness Screening Incentive
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – Employment with the County may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF. Look here to learn more and see if you may qualify!

Other Benefits


  • Working in a fast-paced environment
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Cost of living increases
  • Market adjustments
  • Step based wage increases
  • 4 weeks paid parental leave


  • Directs the day-to-day activities of the Public Works Department;
  • Carries out directives of the Board of County Commissioners and the Chief Administrative Officer;
  • Establishes the vision, mission, goals, and objectives for the Public Works Department;
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans and projects;
  • Develops and implements departmental wide policies based on short and long-term strategic planning goals, management concepts and practices;
  • Continually monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of the programs within the Public Works Department;
  • Delivers presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, and the general public;
  • Coordinates department activities and projects with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations;
  • Oversees the development and implementation of annual budget; assures that department functions are performed within budget;
  • Hires and trains staff; develops and administers staff work plans; assigns and schedules personnel;
  • Supervises and evaluates professional and support staff; monitors staff activities with respect to department work plans, goals and objectives;
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with County policy, state and federal laws;
  • Represents the department and county in dealings with contractors, federal, state and local government representatives, business representatives, and citizens;
  • Responds to complaints relative to the Public Works Department;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Examples of Knowledge

  • Knowledge of public works construction and maintenance practices;
  • Knowledge of civil engineering practices and principles;
  • Montana Code Annotated and County regulations pertaining to public works;
  • Public Works Department policies, procedures, and programs;
  • Public sector budgeting policies and procedures;
  • Management, supervisory techniques and personnel practices;
  • Principles and practices utilized in maintenance or construction operations;
  • Project management;
  • Customer Service models/techniques;
  • Current public works best practices;
  • Identify and create strategies for process improvement.

Examples of Skills & Abilities

  • Use common office machines;
  • Understand and interpret statutes, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines;
  • Operate computer systems and related software, including word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet programs;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Balance the needs of project improvements with differing priorities;
  • Direct, supervise, train, and evaluate professional and support staff;
  • Establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, elected officials, developers, and citizens;
  • Create and nurture a culture of excellence and superior customer service.


The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a BA degree in Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, or related field, plus five (5) years professional experience, with at least four (4) years supervisory experience.

Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Physical Demands

This position requires the ability to move or lift documents and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.  Position requires knowledge and use of typical office equipment including telephone, audio-visual equipment and personal computer.  Position requires frequent contact with fellow employees and citizens.  Position may require occasional travel to remote sites where conditions for access may not be modifiable.

Application Instructions

Applications for this position are accepted online only through our career portal at  The following items are required along with the online application:

  • Resume – Attach resume to online application in designated section
  • Cover Letter – Attach cover letter to online application in resume upload section as well. More than one document can be uploaded.

For questions on this position or on the application process, please call (406) 447-8316 or e-mail


Lewis & Clark County is an Equal Opportunity Employer