Associate/Senior Planner

Gallatin County Department of Planning & Community Development
Bozeman, MT
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$48,339-$53,227 DOQ for Associate Planner, and $57,636-$63,752 DOQ for Senior Planner

The Position: 

Montana’s fastest-growing county seeks an experienced land use planner, with strong technical and project management skills to assist Gallatin County with its land use planning objectives. Gallatin County is looking for an Associate Planner or Senior Planner who will work closely with the Planning Director, other staff, and a variety of stakeholders to focus on long-range planning, inter-jurisdictional coordination, regulation maintenance, public outreach, and other related activities.

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented professional to make a difference in an organization constantly seeking ways to provide excellent services to a fast-growing community. The position assists the Planning Director with development and implementation of policy, and fulfillment of various regulatory and statutory duties. The position interacts extensively with the public and a wide range of community stakeholders, and will work closely with elected officials and several planning-related boards.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have the ability to apply technical knowledge and common sense to address planning issues in a fast-growing community
  • have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • have well-honed project management and organizational skills
  • have the proven ability to adeptly manage multiple projects and multiple priorities concurrently
  • have experience with public speaking and facilitating public participatory processes with diverse stakeholders
  • be a skilled problem solver with excellent and responsive customer service skills
  • have thorough knowledge and experience implementing the principles, practices, methods, and procedures associated with land-use planning
  • have the ability to discuss and communicate complicated land use issues with both technical professionals and the public
  • be relied upon to be a champion for the organization and community land-use planning needs
  • be able to successfully navigate an ever-changing policy and regulatory environment
  • knowledge of common planning issues in the Intermountain West is preferred


Associate Planner: The required knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field and two to four (2-4) years of experience in a professional planning position, or a Master’s degree in planning or closely related field and one to two (1-2) years of experience in a professional planning position.

Senior Planner: The required knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to three to five (3-5) years of experience in an advanced professional planning position with either: (1) a Bachelor’s degree in a planning-related field and a planning-related professional certification such as American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Professional Community & Economic Developer (PCED), etc.; or (2) a graduate degree in planning or a related field.


Hiring salary ranges from $48,339-$53,227 DOQ for an Associate Planner, and from $57,636-$63,752 DOQ for a Senior Planner. Gallatin County also offers an excellent benefits package including an Optional Health Benefits Plan where premiums for full-time employees are 100% covered by Gallatin County and spouses and families can be added at extremely reasonable rates. Employees receive ten (10) paid holidays per year as well as 12 paid days of sick time and 3 weeks of paid vacation time. Gallatin County employees participate in a mandatory retirement plan through the Montana Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). We also offer an optional Deferred Compensation Plan and Flexible Spending Accounts.

The Process:

The position is open until filled. To apply submit cover letter, resume with references, Gallatin County Employment Application, and Applicant Survey to the Gallatin County Human Resources Department at To maintain confidentiality, references will not be checked until near the end of the process. Gallatin County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Gallatin County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or marital status.  See full job posting here.

As a condition of hire, the final candidate will be required to successfully pass a criminal history check and background investigation and must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of Montana or attain a Montana driver’s license within six months of hire and be insurable under the County’s liability policies. Questions about the position should be directed to Sean O’Callaghan, Gallatin County Planning Director at (406) 582-3130 or

Published on:
April 17, 2019 - 8:40am
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