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Department of Lands

300 N. 6th Street, P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho


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Wildland Fire Dispatch Coordinator

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: February 13, 2018 - March 3, 2018
Announcement # 01019031905
Salary Range: $15.09 - $16.09 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene, Grangeville

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is recruiting for two (2) permanent .67 positions (average of 30 hours a week) Wildland Fire Dispatch Coordinators to join a dynamic team of Fire Management professionals. 

One(1) in our interagency office in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

One(1) in our interagency office in Grangeville, 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.


  • Resolves the full scope of irregular problem situations encountered when performing a wide range of interrelated, nonstandard assignments pertaining to fire program management activities.
  • Plans and provides critical logistical support information to the supervisor for successful implementation of fire management program activities. Makes recommendations concerning the efficient use of available resources.
  • Operates and/or directs the operation of various dispatch telecommunication systems.
  • Organizes and reviews completed records of all orders placed and actions taken to ensure adherence to established operating procedures.
  • Coordinates aviation dispatch operations (e.g., aircraft capabilities and limitations, flight planning, aviation safety).
  • Provides assistance on problems encountered by lower level dispatch personnel.
  • Records and maintains communication logs.
  • Coordinates and may assist with fire training and orientation.  
  • Reviews internal operating procedures and systems, makes recommendations for improvement, and updates/develops operating plans and mobilization guides.
  • Follows dispatch manual instructions and review resource available to fulfill resource order.  Decisions have parameters and guidelines in place.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Conducting and documenting fact-finding interviews; reading, writing, and speaking English proficiently; reading and interpreting detailed information; entering and retrieving data from a computer. Reviewing documents for compliance with established procedures; using a computer to enter and retrieve information.
  • Physical ability to hear and understand messages received in person, or transmitted via radio, computer and/or telephone.
  • Ability to use multi-channel radios, multi-line phones, computers, keep accurate records, and read maps. 
  • Experience with emergency management or wildland fire dispatch.

Desirable Qualifications:


  • Qualified as a National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS) Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP) and/or Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP).
  • Experience with fire-related computer applications: ROSS and WildCAD. 


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 55 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete. Applicants who do not Apply Online will receive written notification.

To preview the examination, click on Preview Exam below. You will not be able to apply from this screen. If you wish to take the exam, click on the 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. If you are unable to use the Apply Online process, you must respond to the exam questions on this announcement and complete a State of Idaho Application. For a paper application, click on Forms at the top of the screen.

When completing your online application information, please select:

  • Department of Lands under "Agencies"
  • Part-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Coeur d'Alene and/or Grangeville under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist.  The items in the Application Checklist includes Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies, Job type.  Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency.

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, letter 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 Idaho Department of Lands!


Preview Exam

At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

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.