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Fire Planning and Prevention

Lands Section Manager

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: February 7, 2018 - February 28, 2108
Announcement # 01040054305
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 Planning and Prevention 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.


  • This position will oversee all aspects of the Fire Planning & Prevention program including strategic coordination with IDL staff, agency advisory groups, and local, state and federal program partners. Duties include administering a statewide hazardous fuels treatment program that addresses strategic issues in Idaho’s Forest Action Plan and promotes the National Fire Plan and National Cohesive Strategy. Travel throughout Idaho will be required.
  • Establish strategic direction, goals and priorities for the statewide community fire planning program. Ensure program quality and compliance with state and federal program requirements.
  • Administer statewide hazardous fuels treatment grants. Solicit projects, work with IDL bureau staff and county government representatives to develop project proposals, participate in state and regional grant awards process, monitor project progress, assist grant recipients with problem solving, prepare project inspection reports, and monitor project budgets. Coordinate inspection activities with IDL field staff.
  • Participate in county wildfire working group meetings and assist in updating of county wildfire protection plans.
  • Develop and oversee program budget including federal grants administration.
  • Prepare project reports, and promote program through development of project success stories.

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 Prevention;
  • Fire Planning;
  • Data Analysis; and
  • Reviewing and establishing key performance indicators, standards, or strategic planning.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Fire Management, Forest Management and/or related field;
  • Experience using Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, and electronic data recording devices; and
  • Experience using data management systems to collect, compile and analyze data to evaluate wildland fire behavior or forest management program information.

The Ideal Candidate:

Has the ability to:

  • Initiate and build positive relationships with a variety of potential partners and stakeholders;
  • Coordinate and work effectively with a diverse group including Department staff, private landowners, county, state and federal partners, and contractors; and
  • Adapt to ever-changing work priorities.

Has an understanding of:

  • State fire and forest management laws, rules and regulations (i.e. Idaho Forestry Act, Fire Hazard Reduction Law, and Forest Practices Act rules; or comparable in other states); and
  • Political influences relating to natural resource management.

Possesses strong:

  • Verbal and written communication 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 66 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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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.