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Fire Operations

Lands Section Manager

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: February 7, 2018 - February 28, 2108
Announcement # 01040020001
Salary Range: $31.50 - $33.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is recruiting for a Lands Section Manager - Fire Operations to join a dynamic team of Fire Management professionals. This position is located at the IDL Staff Office in Coeur d'Alene, 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.


Serve as a member of the Fire Management Bureau, providing oversight, management, and long-term planning for fire operations and provide agency coordination multiple groups including Geographical Area Coordinating Groups and Idaho Office of Emergency Management to fulfill the Emergency Support Function for fire mitigation and suppression (ESF#4, Idaho Emergency Operations Plan).

Additional duties will include:

  • Serving on the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group and the Great Basin Coordinating Group Operations Committees.
  • Represent Idaho as a member of the Northwest Compact.
  • Providing oversight of safety and training programs within IDL’s Fire Management Program.
  • Manage and coordinate the State Duty Officer responsibilities and serve as Bureau Duty Officer in rotation with other Bureau employees.  Provide Line Officer Support for Incidents in the field as needed.

Minimum Requirements:

Experience with:

  • Management practices;
  • Budget development and monitoring;
  • Researching, writing and implementing policies and procedures;
  • Compiling, organizing and analyzing technical or programmatic information, defining alternatives and preparing recommendations for senior management, administrators, or governing boards;
  • Fire Operations;
  • Type I or Type II fire incident management teams;
  • Critical incident response;
  • Investigations; and
  • Reviewing and establishing key performance indicators, standards, or strategic planning.

Special Requirement:

  • Regional travel required year-round.

Desirable Qualifications:


  • Analyzing land management program issues, making recommendations, and writing reports;
  • Developing programs including establishing goals and strategic direction, budgeting and evaluating results; and
  • Working with various groups, individuals and interests to develop understanding, acceptance, and support for a program.

Good Knowledge Of:

  • Wildland fire operations, including the use of aircraft;
  • Wildland fire safety practices and procedures;
  • Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1; and
  • Wildland Fire Dispatch.

The Ideal Candidate:

Has the ability to:

  • Initiate and build positive relationships with a variety of potential partners and stakeholders;
  • Multi-task and manage multiple programs;
  • Adapt to ever-changing work priorities; and
  • Clearly, understanding the policies and procedures associated with the Fire Management Program.


  • Safety practices related to Wildland Fire Operations;
  • The Incident Command System; and
  • Interagency Coordination at the State and Regional Level.

Possesses strong:

  • Verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Reporting and documentation skills.


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. 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"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Coeur d'Alene 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!


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