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Published November 16, 2023

Position Details

Position Title: Land Services Director
County: Sanders
Department: Land Services
Salary or Pay Rate: $30.00/hour
Closing Date: Open until filled. First review of applications: 12/5/2023

Position Description


Sanders County is seeking to hire a Land Services Director. This position is responsible for the Department of Land Services operations, including the establishing of department priorities and completing work objectives.


  • Responsible for the general management of the County Land Services Department. Assists other county departments with land and planning issues.
  • Assists in the enforcement of floodplain, airport affected area, surveying, building for rent or lease, and subdivision and platting act laws. Administers the review of submittals to the public record. Coordinates and is responsible for retention of Land Services records.
  • Provides information and assistance to the Board of County Commissioners in subdivision review and all subdivision hearings. Coordinates Firewise, Subdivision Weed Plan and Parks.
  • Confers with local authorities, civic leaders, social scientists, and land planning and development specialists to devise and recommend arrangements of land and physical facilities for residential, commercial, industrial, and community uses.
  • Recommends governmental measures affecting land use, public utilities, community facilities, and housing and transportation to control and guide community development and renewal.
  • Assists the Board of County Commissioners in the planning of public improvements, including parks, recreation, roads, and buildings. Administers grant application and administration procedures for the County.
  • Administrative oversight of the Subdivision Weed Technician.
  • Prepares recommendations for long-range planning projects in the county, conducting traffic counts and updating the Capital Improvement Plan and Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Prepares reports for the Board of County Commissioners on a wide range of planning topics. Reviews applications for developments.
  • Attain Floodplain Administrative Certification and maintain thru continuing education; processes and administers floodplain permits, investigates possible violations; educates professionals and the public on location of floodplain and corresponding restriction.
  • Reviews, updates, clarifies, and recommends amendments to the Subdivision, Building for Lease or Rent, Airport Affected Area, and Floodplain regulations at the request of the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Confers with the County Attorney on interpretation and legal consequences of regulatory decisions.
  • Represents the Board of County Commissioners when speaking to large groups and organization meetings. Provides information and assistance to the public on the requirements of land use and subdivision regulations.
  • Coordinates a “one-stop permitting” program for land services, promotes the use of the Internet and computer services for information, permit applications and County regulations.
  • Assists the public in locating answers to questions on legal documentation and regulations. Assists local, state, tribal and federal agencies in finding information.
  • Plans, monitors, and administers departmental budget in cooperation with the Board of County Commissioners. Reviews budget regularly to assure that expenditure are within budgeted limits. Approves purchase of all new equipment and supplies (non-consumable).

Required Education & Experience

  • Graduation from high school with four-year bachelor’s degree in planning, geography or a related field, preferred.
  • Three years of experience with legal descriptions, map reading and subdivision regulation.
  • Two years of supervision experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous experience developing and interpreting policies and procedures related to the public health or developmental process.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Must possess or obtain a Montana driver license within thirty (30) days of employment. You will utilize a county vehicle and may be subject to a motor vehicle driving history review.

Applicant Pool Statement

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

Application Instructions

Applications and a complete job description are available at the Human Resources office, 1111 Main Street, Thompson Falls, MT, or by sending an email to Rich Wallace at  You may submit your application online through Thompson Falls Job Services at or by calling (406) 382-3045.