Employment Opportunities


Finance Director

The town of Amherst, NH is looking for a finance director who:

  • Loves the job and is very good at it
  • Believes municipal government is important and knows how it works
  • Understands how important transparency and timely information is
  • Wants to work in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere

There is a salary range for this position that starts at $77,500 and tops out at $94,475.  The best scenario for the Town will be to pay someone in the mid- to high- 80’s based on the education, experience and qualifications we are hoping to find.   

Instead of being involved with the NH Retirement System the town matches up to 5.5% of each employee’s base pay into a 457(b)-retirement account.  I know that to some of you this is a bug, to some a feature.  It depends entirely on your personal circumstances. 

If you are interested after you review the job description (attached below) can apply by filling out the employment application (attached below) and sending it, along with an engaging cover letter and your resume to dshankle@amherstnh.gov AND mguild@amherstnh.gov.                                                                                 

We will begin reviewing applications as soon as they arrive and start doing interviews as soon as we get a qualified candidate.  The process will stay open only until we find the right person. 

Of course, the town is an Equal Opportunity Employer and I can guarantee you that the Town is looking for the best possible person for the job.   If you think you are that person, I look forward to hearing from you.  

Dean E. Shankle, Jr., Town Administrator


Summer Stormwater Internship Opportunity

The Town of Amherst (population 12,500) Department of Public Works seeks motivated individual with a driver’s license, proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, and experience using ArcGIS software for part-time summer employment mapping culverts, outfalls, and (with training) conducting inspections. The intern should expect to work in a variety of field conditions along with office work. Applicant may work independent of others from time to time.

Preferred applicants will be comfortable using ESRI’s ArcGIS software to perform basic data collection using a Trimble (GeoExplorer 6000), and an IPad using the ArcGIS Collector Application.

Trainings can be anticipated to teach the intern how to use water assessment equipment such as a YSI 2030, Oakton pH 11, and a LaMotte 2020we Turbidity Meter.

The intern should expect to learn about the US EPA MS-4 Stormwater Permit. The permit covers stormwater discharge into waterways in urbanized portions of New Hampshire, and requires identification of illicit discharges and mitigation of non-point source pollution. The intern will play an important role collecting data related to the Town of Amherst’s requirement to publish a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP), prior to, or on July 1st, 2019. Opportunities to network with employees at New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services, the Nashua Regional Planning Agency, and the University of New Hampshire’s Stormwater Center are possible.

Applicants should email ehahn@amherstnh.gov or come to the Department of Public Works, 22 Dodge Road, Amherst, N.H. Monday through between the hours of 9am to 2pm.