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Southern Operations

Lands Regional Operations Chief

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: November 28, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Announcement # 01050046279
Salary Range: $37.25 - $38.30 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) recruiting for a Lands Regional Operations Chief to join a dynamic team of professionals. This position is located at the IDL Boise Staff Office in Boise, Idaho.

Become part of an organization where you will work with dedicated people who are committed and skilled in managing and protecting Idaho’s natural resources.

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) believes in its employees and values stewardship, service, accountability, and cohesiveness. Our goals emphasize our people and processes, financial stewardship, and customer focus.  We strive for a culture in which leadership equips, entrusts and expects employees to make decisions in fulfillment of our mission.  View our Strategic Plan here.

Under the direction of the Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners, IDL manages more than 2.4 million acres of state endowment trust land under a constitutional mandate to produce maximum long-term financial returns for public schools and several other State of Idaho institutions.  Leases and other contracts are used to authorize revenue-generating activities such as timber harvest, grazing, farming, mining, commercial use, residential use, and conservation in a prudent and sustainable manner.

Managing endowment trust lands is only part of our story. We also protect public resources such as water quality, fish, wildlife habitat, and recreation on public trust lands, and ensure the protection of water quality and other resources by overseeing forestry and mining practices across all ownerships in the state. We also work to reclaim abandoned mines in Idaho. One of our most important resource protection responsibilities is fire prevention and suppression.  We also provide assistance to landowners to manage their forestlands, work with communities to plant trees in urban settings, help keep working forests working through the Forest Legacy Program, and work with many partners to promote healthy forests on a landscape level. IDL also is the administrative arm of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.


  • Oversees and directs multi-disciplinary Area Offices that provide endowment-related and regulatory services.
  • Working under the direction of the Division Administrator, Operations; this position directly supervises five Area Managers.
  • Leads implementation of the Department’s strategic plan in the Operations Division and provides a regional perspective on strategic issues for consideration by Executive Staff.
  • Ensures high quality and efficient implementation of statewide programs.
  • Assists direct reports by collaborating in the resolution of complex problems, incidents, and matters involving personnel, the public, industry or programs.
  • Provides leadership, mentoring, and development for employees to accomplish the numerous goals and targets of multiple programs and projects.
  • Interacts with the public to build trust, educate, and maintain effective working relationships; works collaboratively to resolve complex issues.
  • Communicates regional issues of significant importance to the Division Administrator, Operations, and recommends solutions.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Considerable knowledge of managing natural resources and land management programs.
  • Knowledge of organization theory and planning processes


  • Working with state constitutional mandates and both federal and state laws pertaining to natural resources and land management programs such as forest practices, fire management, mining operations, oil and gas, leasing, endowment land management, and public trust land management;
  • Using critical thinking and various research methods to analyze operational problems, identify alternatives and make effective, informed recommendations to decision-makers;
    Leading and managing staff;
  • Working with various external groups, individuals, and interests to develop understanding, acceptance, and support for a program;
  • Developing, evaluating and negotiating terms of contracts, leases, or agreements;
  • Budgeting and evaluating results;
  • Preparing and delivering written communications and oral presentations.

The Ideal Candidate Will:

  • Be a solid and effective communicator.
  • Be forward-looking and think strategically.
  • Have some knowledge of business and public administration principles.

Examination:  Education and Experience: Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 63 is needed to pass this examination.

To preview the exam, click on the "Preview Exam" link below (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

How to Apply:

Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist. This includes: (Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies and Job type.)  Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency.

When updating your online application information, please select:

  • Department of Lands under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

Hiring Lists:

If your name has been certified to a hiring list for possible consideration, you will see it listed in the Hiring Lists section of your online application. Supervisors review application materials prior to scheduling interviews. Those applicants who will be offered an interview may receive a phone call or email to schedule a time, be sure your contact information is up to date and accurate. Having your name certified to a hiring list is not a guarantee that you will be contacted for an interview, it simply means you are one of the applicants being considered.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Department of Lands!


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Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.