CWG is Helena’s oldest architecture firm and a trusted company throughout Montana. We have a reputation for authentic, honest professionalism - we are teams that execute extraordinary design. CWG commits to creating a client-centered design experience and building long-term relationships that we will nurture well after a project is complete. CWG is committed to a culture of excellence for its clients.

We're looking for applicants who:

  • are completing or have completed an accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree in Architectural Design.
  • are self-motivated and have an interest in developing your talents and design style through project experience, continuing education, and career growth.
  • will personify and elevate CWG’s company culture through quality work product, ethics, an innovative and solution-oriented demeanor, and are passionate about the industry.
  • want to contribute to a positive and collegial work environment.
  • would love to gain practical and professional experience working with CWG’s outstanding Licensed Architects!
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a high-performance work environment and learn from the best.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of a CWG Licensed Architect, the Architect-in-Training assists with plans, designs and/or facilitating the execution of new buildings or structures, building expansions or renovations in accordance with client interests, needs, desires, and financial resources. This position is designed to add to the incumbent’s preparation for board licensure in the State of Montana.

Here's a sampling of what you will do:

  • Under the supervision of a licensed Architect, engage with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements, the approximate budget, timetable, and potential interests in future expansion.
  • Assess clients’ materials, styles, colors, and other preferences.
  • Discuss priorities with clients; for example, needs v. desires.
  • Prepare preliminary sketches of options to help clients define their priorities and vision.
  • Assist the project Architect to prepare and present designs, specifications, estimated costs, and a proposed construction schedule.
  • Research and recommend detailed plans that integrate engineering, electrical, and HVAC considerations.
  • Modify new or existing plans as requested.
  • Produce layouts of structural architectural projects that include aesthetic representations of the structure and/or details for its construction.
  • Prepare scale drawings or three-dimensional and interactive representations of designs using computer-assisted design software.
  • Attend client meetings with the project Architect to select and obtain construction contracts.
  • Assist with building contractor contract document preparation under the guidance of the supervising Architect.
  • Engage in activities and continuing education that support licensure.
  • Cooperate with CWG staff and principals to accomplish project objectives and support a culture of quality and innovation.
  • May gather information related to projects’ environmental sustainability or operational efficacy.

Here's what you can expect from us:

  • Mission - To create a client-centered design experience through collaboration.
  • Vision - to combine our knowledge, experience, and diversity to build inspiring connections between people and design.
  • Values - People. We treat people right by putting people first. Teamwork. We find better solutions through collaboration. Passion. We strive to go beyond what is expected.
  • Cultureal Benefits - Selected applicants will have opportunity to participate in a monthly ‘Lunch and Learn’ series; complementary continued education; mentorship and guidance; a supportive environment to share ideas; volunteer opportunities; and social “Safety Meetings”. To that end, staff gather every Friday at 4pm for Blackfoot Beer, snacks and to debrief the work week. CWG also hosts birthday celebrations; an annual community partnership “Don’t Fence Me In Run”; summer hours; paid holidays; CWG swag and clothing; a family-friendly atmosphere; a stocked fridge and occasional morning treats; work in the historic downtown mansion district; and the chance to get to know some great co-workers in a positive and collaborative environment!
  • Location Benefits - Helena, Montana is home to extensive outdoor and recreational opportunities including top-ranked mountain-biking trails, more than 70 miles of hiking trails and easy-access trailheads, fishing, camping, water recreation and skiing! Helena is centrally located to Montana’s other major cities, national parks and airports. The capital city also boasts a growing (and world-class) brewery scene, arts venues, charming downtown business district and walking mall, and a competitive cost of living and quality of life.
  • Traditional Benefits - CWG offers competitive pay; health insurance with a health savings account; paid holidays; vacation and sick leave; a SEP account with annual employer contributions; and profit sharing. Part-time employees remain eligible for pro-rated paid time off and profit-sharing.

    CWG Architecture is proud to support employees toward satisfying careers in architecture and design, that also honor work/life balance. You will have opportunities to cultivate your career with professionals who work diligently and have families and diverse passions outside of the office. Whether it’s a road or river trip, a restoration or dirt bike challenge, our interests spark collective creativity and momentum to thrive at CWG!

Pay range upon hire:

$21.88 - $22.97 / hour DOE.

If you’re interested in learning more about a career with CWG, please go to our website at


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We will review completed applications as they are received. This position is open until filled. CWG is an equal opportunity employer.