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Published February 9, 2022

Position Details

Position Title: Health Officer
Organization: Flathead County
Pay Rate: Up to $125,000 – per year

Position Description Summary

Situated in northwestern Montana, Flathead County is home to 104,354 residents and has three incorporated cities, including Kalispell, the county seat, and Columbia Falls and Whitefish. The county is the major healthcare, trade, and service center in northwestern Montana, and has a thriving tourism industry and offers an abundance of recreational activities. The county is the gateway to many destinations, including Flathead Lake, the Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, the Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort, Glacier National Park, and several national and state forests and parks.

The Flathead City-County Health Department is a public health agency providing certain statutorily mandated services and other contracted services to people who reside in or visit Flathead County. The divisions of the Health Department offering primary prevention services include Environmental Health Services, Community Health Services, Health Promotion, the Flathead County Animal Shelter, and Mosquito Control. The Health Department offers primary health care services through Flathead Family Planning and Flathead County Home Health. The department operates on a 2022 budget of $1,478,869 with 67.5 FTEs.


Reporting to the Board of County Commissioners and the Board of Health, the Health Officer performs administrative, supervisory, consultative, and professional public health duties for the administration, organization, and maintenance of the Flathead City-County Health Department. This position manages all employees in the department, either directly or through subordinate managers and supervisors. Major duties for the position include reviewing, understanding, and ensuring compliance with bylaws, contracts, grants, and other legal documents that define the organization’s functions; orienting the boards with respect to trends, issues, concerns, regulatory changes, technology, and other relevant factors to facilitate the boards’ decision making processes; and providing the boards with reports of the department’s operations and activities, providing information, analysis, and recommendations as appropriate. The position works closely with federal, state, and local officials, agencies, community health providers, and the public to ensure program efficiency and compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.


Per Montana Code Annotated 50-2-116 a Health Officer must have a master’s degree in public health, be a physician, or have equivalent experience and education.

Application Instructions

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050.  First review of applications: March 13, 2022 (open until filled).

Flathead County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.