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BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 28, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) Montana will be hiring a Rural Business-Cooperative Services Loan Specialist to serve our Eastern Montana region. 

The position is scheduled to post to USAJobs on or around January 4, 2022.  Economic and community development organizations, county commissioners, job placement agencies, and the media are encouraged to share this information in advance as the job posting will only remain open for a 5-day period. 

Acting State Director Jake Ceartin noted that this newly-created position will allow USDA RD, Montana, to build stronger relationships within Eastern Montana’s communities in an effort to expand funding and resources to help these rural towns prosper.

“Our goal with establishing this brand new position is to provide a targeted presence in Eastern Montana while building stronger partnerships with the community and economic development organizations, as well as the town leadership in these areas,” stated Ceartin.  “It’s our hope that, by doing so, we will be able to provide funding for a number of projects which will allow this part of the state more opportunities for economic prosperity.” 

The Loan Specialist position will be remote, but the hired candidate will be expected to live in a town of his/her choosing that is in or east of Forsyth, Mont.  This will allow easier access to the coverage area.   

“In collaboration with the Loan Specialists who work out of the Bozeman State Office and service this area, this additional resource will provide boots-on-the-ground accessibility to expand our programming and reach parts of the state that have historically been underserved and underfunded,” Ceartin noted. 

USDA RD Montana will send out an email update directly following the job posting announcement with the link to apply.  More information about the USAJobs application process may be found by CLICKING HERE.  To ensure ample time for preparing all necessary documents in accordance with the application guidelines, potential applicants are encouraged to create a USAJobs account, and review the application process details, prior to the job posting.  Applicants should note that resumes must include 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to the position as described in the major duties (including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade – if applicable); and 4) other qualifications.

For more information about this position, please contact Montana’s Business and Cooperative Programs Director, Lad Barney, at (406) 309-3350 or

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit