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Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

We are currently not accepting applications.

Please contact the Bozeman Job Service for applications, and see Gallatin County's main employment page for a list of all current county job openings.  See below for job descriptions and qualifications needed for employment as a Deputy Sheriff or Detention Officer.

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The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office offers a great experience and career opportunity in law enforcement.
We can offer you the best training and most up-to-date equipment available.
Make a difference in your community and in your life.  Become a part of the Gallatin County Sheriff's team.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DEPUTY SHERIFF: The duties of a Deputy Sheriff involve the responsibility for the protection of lives and property and the enforcement of laws and ordinances within Gallatin County.  Deputies assist in or conduct the investigation of crimes, the apprehension of violators, and conduct routine patrol operations in accordance with standard Sheriff's Office operating procedures.  We are responsible for duties including general law enforcement, civil process service, and search and rescue command.   Opportunities for senior deputies are widely varied.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:    U.S. citizen; minimum age - 18; Good driving record;  Possess or able to possess a Montana driver’s license; Good physical condition; Possess a Montana P.O.S.T. certification or be able to obtain within twelve (12) months of hire; High School Diploma or equivalent.  Ability to legally possess a firearm; Have no felony convictions; No domestic abuse convictions;  Good verbal and written communication skills; React quickly and effectively to stressful situations;  Able to work nights, weekends and holidays; Knowledge and skills in operating computer systems; Clear and concise speech;  Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously; Ability to perform essential functions of this position.  NOTE:  Employment is conditional on passing a written exam, physical fitness test, psychological exam, pre-employment physical and criminal background check.  Must successfully complete the Field Training Officer Program and obtain Montana P.O.S.T certification.  Personal conduct and behavior on duty as well as off duty must be such that it does not bring disrepute or unnecessarily endanger the public’s trust or confidence in the Sheriff’s Office or its members.  This position requires a high level of problem-solving ability, self-initiative and the ability and willingness to work a majority of the time without direct supervision

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office tests candidates' level of fitness using the Montana Physical Abilities Test (MPAT).  To view the summary of the test, refer to the DOJ website.  To watch a video overview of the MPAT, click here: YouTube

You must complete the fitness test in 5:30 or better to be considered for employment.

If you feel there may be a medical reason that would prohibit you from taking the Montana Physical Abilities Test, consult a physician prior to September 15, 2012.  You are strongly encouraged to consult a physician or other health care professional prior to participating in the MPAT if you have any history or illness that may be aggravated by participation in the testing or if you have questions concerning the testing and your physical abilities.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:   Possess a high school degree or GED.  Additional incentives available for higher education.  P.O.S.T. certified applicants welcome.  We will accept and consider non-P.O.S.T. certified applicants.

CLOSING DATE:   August 24, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., MDT

TESTING INFORMATION:     Testing and oral board dates are tentatively scheduled for the week of September 17, 2012.  Applicants must take the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office written exam and fitness test OR may stand on their previous Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office written or fitness scores if completed within the last six months. (Please contact Sharon at 406-582-2121 prior to August 24, 2012, to request to stand on previous scores). The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office does not participate in the Consortium; therefore, no written or MPAT scores will be accepted from the Consortium or any other agency offering testing.  Applications, resume and references, and legible copy of valid driver's license must be turned in to the Bozeman Job Service and received by August 24, 2012, to be considered.

For application consideration, the following documents are required to be submitted to the Bozeman Job Service:

                •POST Standard Application (require best E-mail with application)   
                •Resume and three (3) references
                •Applicant Survey
                •Legible copy of valid Driver's License   

SALARY:                 $3,915.00/monthly + Excellent Benefit Package and Incentives.
                                $900.00/monthly living expense (for Big Sky and West Yellowstone)

WORK HOURS:     Hours for this position are varied – law enforcement requires 24-hour coverage, 7 days/week.  

Contact Information:  Sharon at 406.582.2121 or E-mail.

Submit application and applicable forms to: Bozeman Job Service

YOU MUST INCLUDE with your application:  Resume, three (3) references and a good-quality copy of your driver's license!

Please click here P.O.S.T. to download the Standard Application for Position of Peace Officer in the State of Montana or pick it up at the Bozeman Job Service.  Submit the signed application, resume, 3 references, and driver's license copy directly to the Bozeman Job Service.  Do not mail or send packets or applications directly to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. If you have applied for a Deputy Sheriff Position with Gallatin County in the last six (6) months, you may contact Sharon at 406-582-2121 to request your  previous application be considered for this current hiring process.  ANY DEVIATION FROM THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION FOR CONSIDERATION.

Confirmation of accepted applications will be e-mailed and mailed the week of August 27, 2011.  *Be sure to include best e-mail address and mailing address with your application.*

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Are you looking for a career in Law Enforcement?  Do you want to make a difference?  The Gallatin County Sheriffs Office Detention Division is a great place to start.  We offer competitive pay, health benefits, a Flex plan, paid sick and vacation, and a 20 year retirement opportunity!  Invest in your future!  Contact Local Job Service. For questions, call our Training Officer at 582-2120.

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