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Montana State University Extension Building Science Instructor/Weatherization Trainer in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 21024

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Chris Dorsi at 406-586-2033 or

Classification Title Instructor

Working Title Extension Building Science Instructor/Weatherization Trainer

Brief Position Overview

Full-time, non-tenure track position with primary responsibilities to contribute to Montana Weatherization Training Center work-force professional development in compliance with program funding agencies’ guidelines. Participate in the Center’s professional, service and outreach activities.

Faculty Tenure Track No

Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track

Position Number 4B2140

Department Extension Weatherization / Housing

Division Extension

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The location of this position is Bozeman, MT.

The Montana Weatherization Training Center ( WTC ) delivers technical training to the high-performance housing industry in the classroom, field, and online environments. We’re funded primarily by the US Department of Energy as part of the national Weatherization Assistance Program ( WAP ), and by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. To this end, we work with Montana’s Human Resource Development Councils, regional weatherization agencies, and tribal programs to promote safe, efficient, healthy housing. We also deliver training to the for-profit sector on topics of sustainable housing, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and safe work practices. We seek professionals who can work effectively with diverse individuals, who possess effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and who can contribute positively to the vocational success of our students and to the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide training and hands-on instruction on topics of sustainable housing and weatherization in the classroom and lab at the Montana Weatherization Training Center.

  • Participate in the development and delivery of remote web-based training programs.

  • Be an informative point of contact for students. Respond to phone and email inquiries in a timely manner.

  • Develop and adapt new curriculum, activities, and laboratory props for the weatherization and building science programs.

  • Aid in the instruction of construction health and safety courses.

  • Work with other instructors to advance the mission of the Montana Weatherization Training Center.

  • Travel overnight occasionally to conduct trainings.

  • We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field that contributes positively to the position, or commensurate experience, education, and qualifications.

  • Demonstrated experience in the construction, weatherization, or sustainable housing industry.

  • Demonstrated ability in technical instruction or adult education in classroom or field settings.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of computers for educational programming or project management. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree in a related field.

  • Experience with audio-visual equipment and video post-production.

  • Experience working in the Weatherization Assistance Program, or other energy- efficiency programs.

  • Possess or earn building science certifications, such as, BPI , RESNET , AEE , USGBC , etc.

  • Possess or earn OSHA 10/30 instructor certification.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in HVAC technologies.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of alternative energy technologies.

  • Demonstrated experience with curriculum creation and lesson plan development.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Communicate positively and effectively with students and the public in person, in writing, through email, and over the phone.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and program partners.

  • Exercise good judgment and self-motivation.

  • Represent the Montana Weatherization Training Center and MSU Extension to others in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Possess effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Have dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

  • Either in a team or individual capacity, contribute to the planning and instruction of 24 to 36 courses throughout a 12-month period.

  • Adhere to curricula standards set by IREC / NREL / DOE and BPI .

  • Comply with national building science standards for weatherization practices.

  • Promote EPA and OSHA health standards.

  • Promote energy efficient living practices.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

This position requires occasional overnight travel throughout the state of Montana or out-of-state, handling and moving a variety of educational equipment, and the ability to give presentations in outside venues.

This position requires the ability to transport a minimum of 50 pounds, position self to stoop, bend, and crawl; ascend and descend scaffolds, stairs, roofs and work in confined spaces. Working conditions include but are not limited to: exposure to temperature extremes and inclement weather.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

The Program

The Department

The College

MSU Extension’s mission is to improve the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased, research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 10, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please note – for this position – Five (5) references have been requested.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .