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Department of Lands

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


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Lands Area Manager

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: April 20, 2017 - May 20, 2017
Announcement # 01033017093
Salary Range: $31.50 - $33.15 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Kamiah

The Idaho Department of Lands has an exciting opportunity for a Lands Area Manager experienced in managing staff to deliver natural resources management and resource protection programs in our Maggie Creek Supervisory Area office in Kamiah. 

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.



  • Plans, organizes, directs and controls staff activities involved in land and timber appraisal and sales, forest practices, fire management, public trust land management, range management and mineral management;
  • Evaluates program effectiveness and compliance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Confers with upper management on policy development and program improvement;
  • Develops and manages area budgets;
  • Maintains public relations with a variety of special interest groups and the general public;
  • Directs staff in the conduct of field inspections of forestry, fire, range, minerals, navigable waters, hazard management and erosion control activities;
  • Develops fire control, road use and stream alteration cooperative agreements;
  • Issues permits and recommends the issuance of leases for public land encroachments, grazing use, mining, and other activities;
  • Coordinates emergency fire-suppression activities.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Operational-level knowledge and/or experience of management practices including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
  • Experience analyzing operational problems, identifying alternatives and implementing solutions in a land asset or natural resource management program.
  • Experience supervising staff and setting goals, budgets, and objectives for implementing programs and projects and evaluating results.
  • Experience working with various groups, individuals and interests to develop understanding, acceptance and support for a program.
  • Experience using critical thinking and research to make recommendations based on an assessment of alternatives that enabled decision-makers to make informed decisions.
  • Experience developing, evaluating and negotiating terms of contracts, leases, or agreements.

Desirable Qualifications:


  • Degree in Natural Resource Management; 
  • Degree in Business or Public Administration.

Work experience:

  • In forest management;
  • In wildland firefighting;
  • In rangeland management;
  • Related to implementation of best management practices for mining and mined land reclamation;
  • Managing and regulating activities on public trust land.

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 80 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 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. 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 updating your online application information, please select:

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

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.

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 the Idaho Department of Lands!


Preview Exam

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.