Associate Planner

Gallatin County Department of Planning & Community Development

Bozeman, MT

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: $60,361 - $66,664 depending on experience

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Montana's fastest-growing county seeks an experienced land use planner, with strong technical and project management skills to assist Gallatin County in meeting its land use planning objectives. This position will work under the direction of the Chief Planning Officer, and coordinate with other staff and stakeholders to facilitate review of projects under the County's various development regulations (e.g., subdivision, zoning, floodplain, etc.) and fulfillment of various regulatory and statutory duties.  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 interacts extensively with the public and a wide range of community stakeholders and will work closely with elected officials and several planning-related boards. 

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The required knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience. 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 are equivalent.


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

Some of the many benefits offered to full-time and part-time employees: 

Excellent Medical Health Benefits – Group health benefits, including dental and vision coverage, are available to eligible County employees.  The medical health benefits premium is covered for full-time employees.   The County contribution is pro-rated on hours paid for part-time employees.  The employee pays the premium portion for dependent coverage. Family health benefits coverage is $205.00 per pay period.

Medical deductible is $400 for an individual and $1,000 for a family.  

Paid Parental Leave (PPL)- In recognition of the importance of bonding and care of a newborn child or a child placed for adoption, Gallatin County provides 240 hours of PPL to eligible full-time employees.  The hours are pro-rated for part-time employees.

Tuition Assistance- Because we value the professional and personal development of our employees, Gallatin County is proud to offer reimbursement of certain education expenses.

A full list of benefits can be viewed here.

Posted January 10, 2023, 4:04 PM PST

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