Planner - Bozeman, MT

  • WGM Group
  • Nov 08, 2021
Full time Design Engineering

Job Description

WGM Group is seeking a Planner to join our dynamic planning and design firm in the vibrant Northern Rockies. WGM Group is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary engineering firm including, planning & design, survey, environmental and natural resource management. This position may work out of any of our three office locations in Bozeman, Kalispell, or Missoula. This role will support the project team by assisting in the development of comprehensive plans and programs for public and private projects in land use that help create communities and accommodate population change.

Please provide a work sample(s) that clearly illustrates your understanding of policy documents vs regulatory documents, your ability to conduct research, and your ability to prepare reports and/or applications. 

Role & Responsibilities:

As an integral player in our growing firm, you will: 

  • Research and compile information on a variety of planning issues. May write general plan amendments, municipal zoning code analysis, and development documentation.
  • Review building plans and zoning permit applications to assure compliance with local zoning.
  • Investigate violations of planning regulations and ordinances, including site visits.
  • Attend public meetings, assisting other planning staff as appropriate.
  • Assist in resolving public and client issues and questions related to planning, zoning, land use, permits, and development related matters. 
  • Depending on experience level, may prepare final plat packets, public notices, subdivision applications, reports, agency responses, and draft legal documents such as easements. 
  • Prepare feasibility studies including the strategic framework and development options for land use to be translated into three-dimensional models.
  • Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of rezonings, ordinance amendments, site plans, special use permits, variances and other proposals.


As a valued member of our team, at a minimum you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, environmental sciences or a related field and 1 year of planning experience.
  • Knowledge of the current trends, philosophies, principals, practices, and regulatory requirements of planning.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, GIS databases, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve practical problems and address client and public inquiries and concerns.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Compensation & Benefits Package:

WGM Group promotes a healthy work-life balance, offering both flexible and hybrid work schedules. In addition, WGM provides hourly pay to all employees with all hours worked over 40/week being eligible for overtime compensation. 

WGM offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, flex spending accounts, retirement savings plan (401K) with matching contributions, generous PTO, holiday pay, and a bonus and profit-sharing incentive.

WGM Group supports the professional development of employees by helping to offset professional licensing and offering Education Cost Assistance for training and continuing education programs.

About WGM Group: 

For over 50 years, WGM Group has helped create healthy communities, improved the natural environment, and enhanced regional infrastructure by working with our trusted partners in both the government and private sectors. WGM Group is a great place to work thanks to the commitment to service demonstrated by the people we hire and the spirit of teamwork that is so much a part of the work environment.

WGM Group is committed to the communities in which we do business. We contribute a portion of our profits to making our communities a better place to live. The company is founded on the principles of hard work and professional competence, while striving to create a fun and enjoyable workplace.

WGM Group provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. WGM Group complies with all state and federal non-discrimination laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 as amended and the new Americans with Disabilities Act. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, new employees must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the U.S.