Montana Historical Society

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Cottage Life Attendant - Night Watch

at Montana Historical Society

Posted: 8/31/2018
Job Reference #: 18140011

Job Description

The purpose of this position is provide safety and security for students and for the campus during the night hours. This position is also responsible for ensuring students are in their rooms sleeping during the night hours. If students are not sleeping, CLA - Nightwatch may assist in comforting students and/or calling for assistance to meet students' needs.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Monitors assigned cottages/students during the night hours.
  • Ensures students are safe and sleeping by completing wellness checks periodically throughout the night. Provides assistance to students when they are not sleeping.
  • Ensures cottage doors remain locked throughout the night.
  • Checks and monitors alarm board and alarm room.
  • Monitors campus through windows and/or security cameras. Reports anything of concern to supervisors and/or superintendent by cell phone and/or email as necessary. 
  • Assist with morning routines as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.
MSDB is a non-smoking environment extending to the entire campus: there are no authorized smoking areas and smoke breaks are not given.  All successful candidates must possess a Montana Drivers License; submit to a background check, which includes a criminal record review, and must not possess any felony or DUI convictions. It is the policy of the Board that any finalist for hire shall submit to a finger-print based national criminal history background check conducted by the FBI prior to recommendation for hire.  Additionally, an “Applicant Release Form” must be completed and signed as part of the application.


The successful candidate will be required to have or learn basic sign language skills to communicate with deaf staff and students. New employees hired after July 1, 2012 must meet the requirements of MSDB Policy 5124 Employee Sign Language Skills and will be evaluated through the Sign Language Proficiency Interview. New employees to this position must meet the Target Skill level Standard of “Survival” within 3 years of the date of hire.

A high school diploma or equivalency is preferred. Training or experience in the field of child care in residential facilities, Red Cross, CPR, and other related training is highly desirable. During the one year probationary period, Cottage Life Attendant I must successfully complete the Advanced Training Course for Residential Child Care Workers before advancing to CLA II position. This program was developed by the National Resource Center for Youth Services at the University of Oklahoma and is conducted by the staff at MSDB. Other combinations of education and experience which could provide this knowledge, skills and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis. 


If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.