Planner - Ravalli County Planning Department -MT (Closes on April 3)

DEPARTMENT: Ravalli County Planning Department
Under general direction, performs responsible, professional planning activities involving planning, subdivision review, code enforcement, project oversight and special projects; and performs related work as assigned. 
Works under the direction and supervision of the Ravalli County Planning Administrator. May supervise others. 
Classification: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Rate of pay: $15.00 - $17.00 per hour (DOE)
Application Deadline: Position open until 5:00 PM April 3, 2017


  • Performs subdivision review.
  • Assists in administering and updating the County’s Subdivision Regulations, Floodplain Regulations, Citizen-Initiated Zoning Regulations and other planning related regulations.
  • Monitors the activity of the State legislature; provides analysis, input and interpretation on proposed and codified legislation.
  • Develops and finalizes recommendations on planning or land development issues based on research findings, field observations and contact with project proponents and citizens.
  • Provides information to the public and answers questions relative to planning programs and resolutions.
  • Prepares and assists in the preparation of staff reports for various boards pertaining to administrative applications for subdivision, zoning, and other regulatory programs. Applies interpretations of subdivision regulations and state law with assistance from Planning Administrator.
  • Makes preparations for and attends board and committee meetings relative to project work, provides information and/or meets with civic groups or individuals to explain general planning goals or specific projects, prepares communications and documents regarding planning board recommendations and actions.
  • Plans, administers and coordinates multiple projects; organizes and employs resources to achieve project objectives; prepares and monitors project budgets.
  • Organizes and administers research studies, conducts analyses and prepares reports/recommendations regarding land use, infrastructure improvement, environmental requirements and other matters; analyzes planning issues and determines project schedules and priorities.
  • Instructs and checks the work of less-experienced planning staff and may provide assistance to the Floodplain Manager.
  • Presents plans and studies to the public through workshops and conferences.
  • Attends frequent evening meetings.
  • Oversees the work of selected consultants; drafts requests for proposals or qualifications; prepares consulting agreements; monitors consultant contracts and project budgets.
  • Manages off-premise outdoor advertising ordinance and wireless communications ordinance and permits applications for compliance with same.
  • As directed, may prepare grant applications in a variety of fields to implement new projects and studies.
  • Assists in the selection, supervision, training and evaluation of professional, technical and support staff.
  • Develops and scopes project initiatives to further planning efforts.
  • Assists the Administrator in formulating department goals, objectives, policies, and strategies.
  • Develops and presents staff reports to the Planning Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and other groups.
  • Prepares regulatory and policy revisions and manages public participation proceedings related thereto.
  • Develops, coordinates and manages special projects as directed by the Planning Administrator, Planning Board and County Commissioners.
  • Primary individual responsible for code compliance and enforcement; responds to public inquiries and complaints relative to Departmental services and regulatory enforcement.
  • From time-to time, will provide front office reception and assistance to public customers over the phone, via email, and by written letter.
  • Interfaces effectively with elected officials, advisory board members, general public, consultants, staff, and representatives of other public and private agencies.
  • May perform general clerical support.
  • Prepares letters, memoranda, and other written correspondence relative to Department matters.
  • Represents the Department as directed at meetings with citizens, elected officials and other organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The above described job characteristics are examples of the duties required of this position and should not be considered all-inclusive.



  • Principles, techniques, and objectives of land use planning laws, site planning, and real estate development techniques.
  • Applicable Montana laws including the Montana Subdivision and Planning Act; Part 1, 2 and 3 Zoning laws; Tax Increment Finance laws; MEPA.
  • Modern office administration and knowledge of standard computer word processing applications; computer software programs for local planning including such as ESRI ArcView GIS and Community Viz.
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques, particularly those used in community planning and development


  • Reads and interprets site plans, plat layouts and building plans.
  • Understands proper implementation of planning projects.
  • Deals effectively with the public and promotes effective public relations. Communicates clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff, employees, supervisors, county officials, appointed boards, other agencies, and the public.
  • Operates vehicles and office equipment in a safe manner.
  • Exemplifies strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.


  • Perform a full range of professional planning assignments in a county setting.
  • Compose planning reports, technical studies, and other planning-related documentation.
  • Accurately interpret County and State regulations.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with the public and staff.
  • Conceive, organize, and execute assigned projects with innovation and independence.
  • Formulate effective goals, objectives, strategies, policies and programs.
  • Develop work programs and timelines for planning projects.
  • Handle multi-faceted tasks simultaneously and meets deadlines.
  • Work independently.
  • Plan and organize comprehensive research studies and formulate recommendations.
  • Conduct research and write technical reports.
  • Establish and maintain working relations with other employees, officials and the general public.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in planning or related field with two years of full-time professional experience in a planning agency, preferably in the State of Montana, or a Master’s Degree in rural and community planning or related field. Extensive experience may substitute for BA/BS in exceptional situations.
  • AICP certification desirable.
  • Experience in a leadership role with supervisory experience desirable.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, completed Ravalli County application and any supporting documentation to:

Ravalli County Human Resources
Bitterroot Job Service
274 Old Corvallis Road
Hamilton, MT 59840.
(406) 363-1822 




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